International Education Leadership (IEL)


Scaling Up Internationalization: The U.S.-Mexico Multistate COIL Program

Friday, June 2
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
LACC, Room 511

In 2016–2017 the U.S.-Mexico Multistate COIL Program developed and implemented 36 COIL course partnerships, internationalizing Mexican institutions and engaging more than 1,600 students. Presenters will detail the impact of these partnerships across the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Mexico, the University of Buffalo, and the Universidad de Tijuana.

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Jon Rubin

Director, COIL Consulting
COIL Consulting

Jon Rubin was the Founder and Director of the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (The COIL Center) from 2006 - 2017. Between 2010 -13 he also directed the National Endowment for the Humanities funded: COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities, which engaged 22 U.S. and 25 international universities in developing collaborative, networked classrooms. Between 2013 -15 he led COIL’s partnership with the American Council on Education in an awards program for technology in support of Internationalization, and between 2015 - 2017 he directed the COIL Center's Stevens Initiative Virtual Exchange Project linking SUNY to universities in Lebanon, Morocco and Egypt.

Upon his retirement from SUNY in 2017, Rubin created COIL Consulting to support institutions that seek to launch virtual exchange programs both in the US and abroad.

Previously, he was Associate Professor of Film and New Media at SUNY Purchase College where he developed a Cross-Cultural Video course in which SUNY students co-produced videos over the Internet with students in Turkey, Lithuania, Mexico, Belarus, and Germany. His own films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Whitney Museum in NY and he has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation and Fulbright fellowships.


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Irma L. Jacome

Academic Vice President
Universidad de Tijuana CUT

Irma Jácome is Academic Vice President at Universidad de Tijuana. She joined the University in 2015 after serving for over 20 years in the Mexican Federal Public Administration. She held several directorial positions in public education, social development, environmental, public security and foreign relations sectors. Among them; Consul for Economic and Community Affairs at the Mexican General Consulate in Los Angeles, Advisor for the Secretaries of Public Education and Public Security, Director General for Social Analysis and Evaluation, Director for International Environmental Cooperation and Federal Delegate in the State of Sonora for the National Council for Educational Promotion.
Throughout her public career, she was very active in international programs and actions, participating in negotiating World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank projects, as well as grants and programs with International Cooperation Agencies from Germany, Japan, Spain and the United States. She carried out an evaluation of the Mexican Federal Police, in collaboration with international Intelligence and Security experts and under the auspices of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. She designed and implemented an innovative U.S. –Mexico Joint Bilingual Teachers Training Program, involving federal and local government agencies, a Binational Foundation, as well as universities in Mexico and California. She is currently carrying out a role as campus coordinator for the U.S.-Mexico Multistate COIL Program.


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Laura Lewis

Assistant Dean
University at Buffalo, School of Social Work

Laura Lewis is Assistant Dean for Global Partnerships, and Associate Clinical Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is also co-director of the School’s Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement. Dr. Lewis’ work has focused on expanding opportunities for students to participate in cross-cultural exchange, and on developing international partnerships related to teaching and research. Dr. Lewis has presented and published in the areas of international program development, and collaboration. She has facilitated the development of several COIL courses, including Disability and Human Rights from the Perspective of Law and Social Work, a COIL course led by faculty from University at Buffalo School of Social Work and Universidad de La Salle.


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Stephen Tippett

COIL Course Development Coordinator and Doctoral Candidate
The COIL Center, State University of New York

Stephen Tippett is the COIL Course Development Coordinator of the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (The COIL Center). In this role he manages a bilateral internationalization project between HEIs in the U.S. and Mexico. Stephen worked at The College of Global Studies in a technology management role in program administration for study abroad. His current research, and the topic of his dissertation is on the instructional design of faculty led study abroad. Stephen has recently led faculty led study abroad courses to Chile and Ecuador, after working for several years in Chile in a program through the United Nations Development Programme, and WorldTeach in Ecuador. He maintains an interest in exchanges between Chile, Ecuador, and the US.


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