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WSU joins national effort to expand student study abroad

GSA-logo-250PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will increase the number of students who study abroad from about 750 per year to 1,000 over the next five years. It is part of a nationwide initiative to equip them with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.Continue reading

College taps diversity, international programs leader

Noche de Familia
Ernst-Slavit makes a presentation at a Noche de Familia event
for prospective students and their families at WSU Vancouver.
(Photo by Laura Evancich)

PULLMAN, Wash. – To better prepare teachers and improve scholarship that extends to other cultures and languages, the College of Education (COE) has appointed Gisela Ernst-Slavit associate dean for diversity and international programs. It’s believed to be the first associate dean position of its kind at Washington State University.
“Diversity has always been a key piece for us,” said Mike Trevisan, COE dean. “But we had kind of lost our focus on it for a variety of reasons.”

“Many faculty and staff have been, over the years, working on their own on these efforts,” said Ernst-Slavit, “and there have been some successes. But as a whole, we haven’t put those efforts together.”
She said she is excited to support and synergize initiatives, ensure scholarship becomes a key part and help the college realize its global mission.
“We want to continue preparing teachers, administrators and counselors to work in the K-12 system,” she said. “Globalization is not just window dressing but is central to the mission and vision of the college.”
‘Difference is an asset’
Following a nomination process, the college leadership team reviewed applicants and selected Ernst-Slavit.
“Gisela is very well respected not only by people within our college but by many at the university,” Trevisan said. “She was the right person for this.”
She grew up in Lima, Peru speaking Spanish and German before attending the American School of Lima where she learned English.
Nishinomiya, Japan
Ernst-Slavit has lunch with fourth graders in Nishino-
miya School District, Japan.

“I learned very quickly how difference can be viewed by many people as ‘less than,’ as if there is something missing,” she said. “But all my life, I’ve believed difference is an asset. Because of my diverse experiences, because I spoke three languages and because I could view the world from different perspectives, my life and career were enriched.

“Everything I have done even before I came to WSU has centered on addressing diversity and enhancing educational opportunities for underrepresented groups,” she said.
Diversity in service
When she arrived in Pullman in 1991, Ernst-Slavit said, there were few diverse students on campus and even fewer mechanisms of support for them.
“There were not many faculty of color to nurture and mentor those students,” she said.
She became faculty advisor for Mujeres Unidas, a group of Latina students, and for the English Language Learners (ELL) student group. She participated in diversity efforts of the COE, the Office of Multicultural Student Services and the College of Liberal Arts.
Diversity in scholarship
In addition to service, Ernst-Slavit’s broader experience will lead the COE in globalizing scholarship.
“Gisela’s done some well-respected scholarship in pedagogy and curriculum,” Trevisan said. “She is publishing rigorous work in some of the finest scholarly outlets.”
A foundational book, “Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms,” will be published in the spring.
Through Corwin publishing, she is author or co-author of a seven-book series that guides educators in targeting academic language in student learning. Three of the books – dealing with math – were published earlier this year. Three books dealing with English language arts will be published this fall.
“Often, when we talk about issues of diversity, it’s isolated and not connected to scholarly activities,” Ernst-Slavit said. “My efforts in diversity have been equally strong in all areas – not only in service but in research and teaching. This book series reflects commitment to both diversity and scholarship.
“A notion of scholarship without borders can expand and broaden our ways of teaching, learning and leadership,” she said.
Ongoing efforts a starting point
Ernst-Slavit has been given some specific tasks by the dean. Part of the college mission statement reads: “COE embraces and promotes international education with the goal of fostering global citizenship by weaving components of diversity, international experience and global thought within the undergraduate and graduate curricula.”
Some efforts already are under way.
“There have been several, sustained efforts to participate in the global village, do research with colleagues in other countries, bring students and faculty from other universities abroad and send our own folks to study abroad,” she said.
One notable effort is a partnership between COE and the school system of Nishinomiya, Japan. For the past 25 years, the school system has hired a teacher of English as a second language. It’s a 12-month position that is open to COE faculty, staff, graduate students, alumni, Pullman School District teachers and WSU affiliates.
This year, Amy Druse, who recently received her master’s in education from WSU, will represent the college in Nishinomiya.
Additionally, a delegate for Nishinomiya’s school district will often come to WSU. That’s usually to Pullman, though it has also been to Spokane and Vancouver. The Japanese teacher will usually spend some time at the Intensive American Language Center, visit Pullman public schools and sit in on some COE courses.
“This is a very important effort,” Ernst-Slavit said. “It’s one example of where work is already being done in diversity and international initiatives.”
Another initiative, coming up on its 10-year anniversary, is the annual International Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference. It addresses themes of diversity and education within the context of globalization and works to bridge local and global people, economies, cultures and ideologies.

First Global Cougs Week expands horizons at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. – Panel discussions, a learning fair and a free movie will be part of the first Global Cougs Week at Washington State University Aug. 26-30.

Hosted by the Office of International Programs, these events are free to the public:
Aug. 27:
* Cougs at Home and Abroad student panel, noon-1 p.m., CUB L46.
Aug. 28:
* Global learning fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Terrell Mall.
Aug. 29:
* Global Experiences and the Job Market professional panel, noon-1 p.m., CUE 518. The panel will include representatives from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, the Washington State Trade Commission and the Peace Corps.
crossing borders movie* Free movie night followed by discussion, 7 p.m., CUB auditorium. The award-winning documentary “Crossing Borders” ( explores the perceived clash of civilizations between Islam and the West. It is about four American students traveling throughout Morocco, interacting with Moroccans and addressing tough issues/perceptions.
The discussion panel will include a WSU Moroccan student, a WSU student that studied abroad in Morocco, a WSU philosophy professor and a former Peace Corps volunteer to Morocco.
Aug. 30:
* Soccer coffee hour, 2:30-5 p.m., CUB L46.

Globalization Poster Gallery scheduled for Dec. 2

PULLMAN – The second Globalization Poster Gallery, featuring research by students from the Peer Advisors and International Peer Mentors and International Center Interns programs in conjunction with the Education Abroad Office and the Office of International Students and Scholars, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Compton Union Building’s Junior Ballroom.
Using globalization as a theme, the gallery reflects the work of students who spent fall semester earning academic credit in either the International Center or the Education Abroad Office. Through their respective roles and the poster session, these students make a significant contribution to the internationalization of the WSU Pullman campus.
The Peer Advisor and International Peer Mentor and International Center Internship programs are the only programs of their kind at WSU. As an integral part of the Education Abroad Office, the Peer Advisor program is intended to provide returned study abroad participants the opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of international education and advance global citizenship. Peer Advisors play a variety of roles that aid the office with promotion of education abroad opportunities.
The International Peer Mentor Program, created through the Office of International Students and Scholars, offers both international and domestic students the opportunity to gain leadership and cross-cultural communication skills by guiding new international students through orientation and interacting with their mentees throughout the semester as they build connections to the campus and the community.
The International Center also has an internship program which provides students with a diverse work environment and the opportunity to gain experience in marketing, program development and events planning.
For more information on the Peer Advisor program, go to: For more information on the International Peer Mentor Program and International Center Internship Program, go to:


Singer, Hytten to present at education lecture series

Beverly R. Singer, filmmaker and associate professor of anthropology and Native American studies at the University of New Mexico, and Kathy Hytten, associate professor in the department of Educational Administration and Higher Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will be the April guest speakers at the WSU College of Education “Globalization, Diversity and Education” lecture series.

Singer’s lecture, titled, “Politics of Film Research: Who we are at the national Museum of the American Indian,” will take place at 4 p.m. April 19 in the WSU Fine Arts Auditorium. Hytten will present “Thinking Through Social Justice in an Era of Globalization” at 4 p.m. April 26 in the WSU Fine Arts Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

“Politics of Film Research” focuses on Singer’s work on the orientation film about Native America that premiered in 2004 and remains on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Singer has contributed to the study of contemporary Native Americans by authoring and producing 15 films and videos about Native people, including “Wiping the War Paint off the Lens: Native American Film and Video.” She also serves on the executive board for the Independent Television Service.

Hytten, currently on sabbatical from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is a visiting scholar in the Department of Teaching and Learning at WSU. Her current research focuses on the intersections among cultural studies, critical pedagogy and education for social justice.Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including “Educational Theory,” “Educational Studies,” “Qualitative Studies in Education” and “Communication Education,” among others.