The search for home: From Student Affairs in the Midwest to Faculty Life in the Middle East

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By: Ayeza Siddiqi “Where is home?” That question always makes me panic a little. As a third culture kid who had the pleasure of growing up in Pakistan, the Philippines and Malaysia and spent the majority of the past decade in the American Midwest, I don’t accurately know how to answer that question. Karachi is home. Ann Arbor is home. Manila is home. Now, Dubai is home. Along the journey of...

Saving Money by Studying Abroad: A Case for the Independent International Student

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
While institutions are doing more to make studying abroad more accessible, there are still barriers-to-entry for many students wishing to spend time abroad. Organized programs are often prohibitively expensive, and can be limited and inflexible when it comes to course offerings and travel opportunities. Studying abroad independently is a viable option for students interested in gaining...

Directorate Board Introduction: Qian Yee (Jenny) Fam

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
Hello friends! My name is Jenny Fam. I’m a second-year Master’s student studying Higher Education Administration at William & Mary, Virginia. Role as Vice-Chair for Sponsored Program. As the Vice-Chair for Sponsored Programs, my role in CGDSD is to make decisions based upon the reviewed proposals submitted for sponsorship/co-sponsorship. When I receive the notification from the ACPA Program...

Professional Globe Trotting: Working in Student Affairs Outside the United States

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Elizabeth Coder and Brian Gallagher Elizabeth and Brian are two (of the many) US trained Student Affairs folks working outside the United States. On various Facebook groups, in person at conferences and through networking many people often approach the two of them and inquire, “How can I go work in student affairs outside the U.S.?” This blog post answers that question (and a whole lot more)...

It’s Different When It’s Your Own

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Jane Kalionzes For over 30 years I worked in an international student office at a major university and each fall semester I welcomed new international students. As their arrival approached I pictured them getting ready: applying for the U.S. visa (and hopefully receiving it), buying what was necessary for the time away (with the perception that it couldn’t be found in the U.S. or was cheaper...