International Symposium

The Office of International Programs will hold the first Colorado State University International Symposium February 25-27, 2020, in the Lory Student Center. All sessions and events will be free and open to the public.

The International Symposium will highlight the ways CSU students, faculty, and partners add global dimensions to their teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and community engagement. As we celebrate Colorado State University’s sesquicentennial, the International Symposium will be an opportunity to showcase CSU’s international engagement on campus and around the world.

For more information about the symposium, please contact Diana Galliano at or 491-3323.



Full Session Schedule

Day 1 – Tuesday, February 25, 2020

See session descriptions and bios here.

9-9:50 a.m.

Session 1: “Multimodal Multilingualism: Globalization and Language Vitality in the Uruguayan Deaf Community” – Room 322

Session 2: “Could a Successful Role Model Close the STEM Gender Gap in the Arab World?” – Room 312

10-10:50 a.m.

Session 3: “UNPACKING Experiences of International Students at CSU!” – Rooms 308-310

Session 4: “Colorado River:  United States and Mexico” – Rooms 304-306

11-11:50 a.m.

Session 5: “One World Health: IDRC Engagement in Stemming the Tide of Disease on a Global Basis” – Room 322

Session 6: “International Students:  Let’s Invite Them to the Party!” – Room 312

BREAK: 11:50 a.m.-1 p.m.

1-1:50 p.m.

Session 7: “Best Practices in International Service Learning” – Rooms 308-310

Session 8: “Fort Collins Global History Connection” – Rooms 304-306

2-2:50 p.m.

Session 9: “The Influence of Cultural Bias on Interpersonal Conflict” – Room 312

Session 10: “Our Environment, Our Health: A Bold Transformation of the Environmental Protection Agency in Victoria, Australia” – Room 322

3-3:50 p.m.

Session 11: “SNL–Shakespeare Night Live: Humor, Political Commentary, and Universality through Time and Place” – Rooms 304-306

Session 12: “Mapping Under-examined Cities Around the World” – Rooms 308-310

4-6 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Helen Thorpe

4-5 p.m. – Keynote presentation
5-6 p.m. – Book signing and reception following the presentation

Location: Ballroom C-D

View Day 1 (Feb 25) Session Descriptions & Bios

Day 2 – Wednesday, February 26, 2020

See session descriptions and bios here.

9-9:50 a.m.

Session 13: “CSU’s Role in Protecting the World’s National Parks for All Generations” – Room 322

Session 14: “Initiatives in Development Economics by the Poverty Action Center within the Regional Economic Development Institute (PAC@REDI)” – Room 312

10-10:50 a.m.

Session 15: “Animal and Public Health Training at International Arena Through CSU” – Rooms 308-310

Session 16: “One Tourist’s View of China’s Cultural Genocide in Tibet” – Rooms 304-306

11-11:50 a.m.

Session 17: “Teaching about Women and Gender from a Transnational Intersectional Perspective” – Room 312

Session 18: “Success & Challenges of Leading a Nonprofit Medical Service in a Third World Country – Malawi, Africa” – Room 322

BREAK: 11:50 a.m.-1 p.m.

1-1:50 p.m.

Session 19: “The Internationalization of our Community, Starting with the Children” – Rooms 308-310

Session 20: “Bold Leadership and the Refugee Crisis” – Rooms 304-306

2-2:50 p.m.

Session 21:  “The Carbon Benefits Project – Tools for Agriculture, Land, and Climate Change” – Room 322

Session 22: “Building Scholarship and Skills for Collaborative Conservation Across the Globe” – Room 312

3-3:50 p.m.

Session 23: “Research in East and Central African Drylands: From the Local to the Global” – Rooms 308-310

Session 24: “Positive Pathways from Education to Impact” – Rooms 304-306

4-4:50 p.m.

Session 25: “Critical Youth Empowerment: An International Perspective” – Room 312

Session 26: “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Taking Stock of Morocco’s Contemporary Art Scene” – Room 322

View Day 2 (Feb 26) Session Descriptions & Bios

Day 3 – Thursday, February 27, 2020

See session descriptions and bios here.

9-10 a.m.

A Conversation with President Joyce McConnell and Vice Provost for International Affairs Kathleen Fairfax: “The Importance of Internationalization in Higher Education”

Location: Longs Peak Room

10 a.m. – Noon

Visual Showcase of International Activities will be a chance for students, faculty and staff to communicate their international work or studies through visual media. Stations will be set up in the LSC ballrooms during a two-hour showcase open to the campus and community so that attendees can experience the exhibits as well as interact with the presenters.

Location: Ballroom D

BREAK: Noon – 1 p.m.

1-1:50 p.m.

Session 27: “Child Emotional and Motivational Development in Cultural Context” – Room 312

Session 28: “International Experiences Lead to Local Impacts” – Room 322

2-2:50 p.m.

Session 29: “This Content Is Not Available in Your Country: How Tech and Entertainment Companies Control International Access to Culture” – Rooms 308-310

Session 30: “International Human Rights Film Festival” – Rooms 304-306

3-3:50 p.m.

Session 31: “Dialogos del Agua / Water Dialogues in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico” – Room 324

Session 32: “Navigating Diversity with International Students” – Room 312

4-4:50 p.m.

Session 33: “Education Abroad Influences Graduation Rates” – Rooms 308-310

Session 34: “International Research and Teaching for Sustainable Peace and Reconciliation” – Rooms 304-306

View Day 3 (Feb 27) Session Descriptions & Bios