Black History Month: Famous leaders who studied abroad

This February marks the 88th annual Black History Month in the U.S. Throughout the course of our history, African-Americans have contributed countless advancements and achievements that ultimately have shaped what our country stands for today. In addition to their profound impact on our nation, several famous African-Americans chose to take their education abroad and gain valuable worldly experiences and perspectives applicable throughout their life.

W.E.B DuBois was a historian, civil rights activist, sociologist, and author. While at Harvard University, DuBois studied abroad at the Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany. He later became the first African-American to earn a doctorate and co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Alice Walker, a well-known American author and poet, studied abroad in Kenya and Uganda through Experiment in International Living. In addition to writing novels and short stories, Walker is a political activist focused on racial equality.

U.S. civil rights activist and the first African American student admitted to the University of Mississippi, James Meredith, enrolled in a program at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria to further his study of political science after completing his undergraduate degree.

These extraordinary and influential leaders in our society continue to make an impact on history even after they are gone. Black History Month is an excellent way to honor their accomplishments and contributions to our country, without which we would not be as united as we are today.


Study Abroad Info Sessions through Feb. 10

Study Abroad Fair PosterThe Office of International Education is hosting a series of program- and region-specific information sessions January 31-Feb. 10. All information sessions are held in the OIE Program Center in Holthusen Hall, 4th floor. Students have the opportunity to learn more about Marquette's study abroad programs from study abroad coordinators, faculty leaders and study abroad alumni. Visit the OIE study abroad website for a complete schedule.


MU Global announces new study abroad blog

tumblrThe Office of International Education is pleased to announce the launch of the brand new MU Global blog that will collect the experiences and stories of 10 study abroad students each semester. The blog will consist of posts from all over the world - including South Africa, Ireland, Denmark and more. Each month these Global Correspondents will share their experiences abroad with the Marquette community.

"We are looking forward to having a place where students who are interested in studying abroad can read the first-hand experiences of fellow students from all majors studying on Marquette programs," said Erin LeMoine, international marketing and communications coordinator. Be sure to check out the MU Global blog to keep up with OIE's correspondents as they take their education global.


Marquette faculty win award at International Communication Educators' Conference

Marquette University faculty members Dr. James Scotton and Ms. Sandra Whitehead were awarded honorable mention for their research on international websites at the 18th Annual Conference of the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE) in Tangiers, Morocco, in November. AUSACE is a leading organization for educators in the field of international communication and media researching media in the Middle East. At the 2013 Conference, 137 research papers from 15 different countries were presented.

Scotton and Whitehead’s research paper, "A Snapshot of World News on 12 International Websites," compared Arabic and English versions of international news websites.  The research was conducted through collaboration with Rafik Hariri University in Lebanon, where Whitehead is currently a lecturer in communication and the Languages & Humanities department chair.


Marquette University and Rafik Hariri University have a Memorandum of Understanding that allows for faculty and student exchanges and collaborations on teaching and research. MU students in International Communication and RHU students in Arab and International Media simultaneously viewed and analyzed Arabic and English versions of the same websites, under the supervision of Whitehead and Scotton.


Whitehead explains, “Being at the AUSACE conference was very enriching. I have a strong interest in intercultural communication, particularly between the U.S. and the Middle East, and media's role in it. The conference provided the opportunity to meet other scholars who share this interest, to learn from them and to pursue future collaborations.”


Dr. Scotton is an associate professor of journalism in the Diederich College of Communication. Ms. Whitehead is an adjunct instructor of communication and journalism in both the Diederich College of Communication and the College of Professional Studies.


AUSACE was founded in 1995 to support the advancement of professional relationships among Arab and U.S. university faculty, students and media professionals. The Association sponsors an annual conference that highlights media research and teaching methods, and publishes Journal of Middle East Media, a bilingual, academic, peer-reviewed journal.


Marquette Human Powered Nebulizer Project

Convention brochureDr. Lars Olson from the Department of Biomedical Engineering is director of the innovative Human Powered Nebulizer Project (HPN) at Marquette. The project started in 2003, when Dr. Olson traveled to Central America with Marquette students, and noticed a high number of respiratory illnesses in rural villages. He explains that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which many of the rural poor around the world contract from cooking over wood fires, is the number four killer in the world. “The HPN Project is centered around building a global medical device for places where there’s no electricity,” Dr. Olson explained. "A nebulizer takes liquid medicine and converts it to a mist so it can be inhaled. It's aerosolized medicine for lung problems."

Dr. M. Therese Lysaught, a professor from Loyola Chicago and Stritch School of Medicine who is also working on the project said, “Our goal would be to have a Human Powered Nebulizer in the hands of every community health worker in the world.” The first nebulizer the team designed was powered by a bicycle, which fit smoothly into African culture. However, for the mountainous context of Latin America, the team redesigned the device to be small, portable and hand operated. 


The mission statement for the HPN Project is life and breath for the poor. Dr. Lars Olson said, “The goal is to decimate or eradicate suffering from respiratory diseases throughout the developing world.” To learn more about this amazing project, watch Marquette’s video highlighting the project.


Rodgers makes a differences in the Congo

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is using his platform to raise awareness for the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Joining forces with teammate Andy Mulumba—currently the only Congolese NFL player—and “Entourage” actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rodgers spoke at a rally for Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo, a campaign dedicated to advocating for human rights in the central African country.

For decades, the conflict over control of natural resources, primarily minerals, has devastated the eastern Congo. Human rights violations are prevalent in the struggle over conflict minerals; rape and sexual violence against women are used as weapons of war. One of Raise Hope for Congo’s principal goals is to raise awareness about the use of conflict minerals in smartphones, computers and jewelry, and encourage consumers to pressure companies to invest responsibly in the Congo’s mineral trade.

"Many of you in the crowd are holding your cellphones up," Rodgers said at the rally in October. "A device that I take everywhere with me that means a lot. It's my lifeline to my friends, to my Candy Crush, to my Twitter account in the offseason. This is the heart, the lifeblood of these warlords. And we can say to these tech companies that we want to live in a world where our electronics do not fund rape and war."
Read more on ESPN.



The 2014 Winter Olympics begins Friday in Sochi, Russia

The Winter Olympics have finally returned! Starting on February 7, the 2014 Winter Olympics will commence in Sochi, Russia for a much anticipated celebration of global cooperation. This year, 12 new events will debut in Sochi along with an extra day of competition. So far 88 countries have qualified to participate in 15 sports and 98 medal events. The Olympic Games have historically been a symbol of peaceful international competition and these will be no different.

Alongside the buildup to the Olympics, Russia has taken the opportunity to celebrate a cultural version of the Games through the Cultural Olympiad. Each of the past four years was dedicated to a different area of the arts featuring cinema, theatre, music and museums throughout the country. The celebration will continue during the Games with 23 cultural venues in Sochi showcasing more than 4,000 artists from across Russia. The schedule for the opening ceremonies and the Games can be found here – let the games begin!


Volunteer at the Pan-African Community Association

The Pan-African Community Association (PACA) is looking for a student volunteer who is interested in helping with ESL and cultural orientation preparation. Volunteers are encouraged to commit about 10 hours per week for at least one semester. PACA is seeking a student who is self-motivated and flexible, enjoys working with individuals from all over the globe, and would like to volunteer, but needs flexible hours.

PACA is a refugee resettlement agency located at 4063 North 64th Street (just north of Capital Drive). If you are interested in more information, please contact Colleen O'Conor.




Study Abroad Info Sessions

January 31- February 10



OIE is hosting a series of program- and region-specific information sessions January 31-Feb. 10. Specific dates and times are available on the OIE study abroad website.



The Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy
Tuesdays, Feb. 4-18
7 p.m.
UWM Student Union Fireside Lounge
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53211

The Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Present The Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy. Free and open to the public, this series of events features discussions with experts on global issues viewed through a local lens.

  • Feb. 4: U.S. Education: Are Our Kids Falling Behind?- William Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor; Co-director Education Policy Center at Michigan State University
  • Feb. 11: Beyond Obamacare: Comparing Health Systems Abroad - Susan Giaimo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Marquette University
  • Feb. 18: The Use and Abuse of Data in the 21st Century - Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU (Speech, Privacy and Technology Project)




Holocaust Museum Pilgrimage

Sunday, February 9 (register by Feb. 3)

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Skokie, IL 60077


Join members of the Marquette community on Sunday, February 9, for a pilgrimage to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center located in Skokie, IL.  “The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.” During this pilgrimage, learn more about the Holocaust and engage in interfaith dialogue.


The total cost for students will be $8, which covers admission to the museum. Registrations will be accepted until Monday, February 3, at: For more information on the pilgrimage, please contact Steve Blaha.


Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry, Hillel Milwaukee, the Affiliated Ministries of Campus Ministry, cru, Department of Theology, Intercultural Engagement, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Office of International Education, and the Office of Student Development.




MUSG + ASA “Taste of Africa”

Sunday, February 9

6 – 9 p.m.

Marquette Place, AMU


Marquette University Student Government and the African Student Association will host “Taste of Africa” on Sunday, February 9. Students may sample a diverse selection of African foods, including jollof rice, Nigerian tomato stew, brown chicken stew, efo/vegetable stew and fried plantains. A DJ will play a mix of African music and recent hits.




Career Fair Prep Workshop & Extended Drop in Hours for Resume Critiques
Career Fair Prep Workshop: Tuesday, February 11; 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; AMU 227
Extended Drop in Hours: February 12-17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & February 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Career Services, Holthusen Hall, first floor

Need help preparing for the upcoming career fair?  Learn how to prepare, what to wear and how to follow up at the Career Fair Prep Workshop. Update your resume and learn how to demonstrate your intercultural communication skills. Resume critiques will be available at the workshop and during extended drop-in hours at Career Services. Registration is not required.




CPT, OPT and Work Strategies for International Students

Friday, February 7

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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Learn about your employment options, as well as the strategies and services available to help you land your dream job or internship.  The sooner you have the information, the sooner you can begin to prepare for your future! This session is recommended for students in their first few semesters of study.




Federal Courthouse Visit

Thursday, February 13 &

Friday, February 14

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Meet at OIE at 9:30)


Have you ever wondered what happens in a US court room or wanted to ask questions about what is portrayed on TV?  Join other Marquette students for a unique opportunity: tour the historic Federal Courthouse, watch federal proceedings and ask questions of US Attorneys. 


Students can attend on Thursday, February 13 and/or Friday, February 14.  Space is limited; to reserve your place please email before Tuesday, February 11 and indicate the day(s) you wish to attend. This event is being organized by the Office of International Education, ClubGlobal and Marquette alumnus James Santelle, US Attorney Eastern District of Wisconsin.




OIE Valentine's Day Extravaganza

Thursday, February 13

5 – 7 p.m.

Office of International Education


Learn about the history of this favorite American holiday while creating delicious treats, crafts and cards!  You can share the treats with your friends (or sweetheart) or enjoy them immediately! 




Network to Success
Thursday, February 13
5:30 – 7 p.m.
AMU Ballrooms

Networking is an important lifelong skill to learn and practice, something you will use no matter where in the world your career leads you. Meet with employers from a variety of industries and learn tips on how to professionally interact in a social setting. Ask employers from global companies about the cultural differences in networking that they encounter.  Students in all years and all majors are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.  Dress is business casual. Registration on MU Career Manager is recommended, but not required. The attending employers list is also available online.  Use your eMarq credentials to log in.





Scholarships & Conferencesdiploma

Visit our scholarships and conferences webpage dedicated to keeping up-to-date listings of scholarships, fellowships and academic conference opportunities available to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Conferences





group of students in Guatemala

Applied Global Business Learning (AGBL)
in Guatemala

Kelsey Simkins, Arts ‘14

Since 2008, Marquette has offered students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge of business concepts to the real world while taking part in a unique cultural exchange. Applied Global Business Learning (AGBL) is a service learning, academic program that strives to connect students with entrepreneurs in the developing world. The program seeks to “foster sustainable business solutions while preserving cultural ideals,” ultimately aiming to improve the lives of those involved.


Kelsey Simkins, Arts ’14, was one of nine students to spend a week in Guatemala, observing the microcredit program of an organization called Acción Cultural Guatemalteca (ACG). Led by faculty members John Peterson and Dr. Jason Meyler, students met with the organization’s president and board members, then traveled to rural Guatemalan communities to speak with women who shared their personal experiences with ACG.


Simkins said the program gave her a deeper understanding of how microcredit works in Latin America and tested her communication skills. “As one of several Spanish-speaking students on the trip, I was able to help translate in small groups,” she said. “This was challenging partially because we were trying to translate three ways, from K’iche’ (a Mayan indigenous language) to Spanish to English.”


Simkins said her experience in Guatemala opened “a window into Mayan culture.” She added that students sometimes struggled with the differences between their American idea of business and cultural perceptions and those of the Guatemalans they met. “As the week progressed,” she said, “I really feel like we were able to gain a greater understanding of how to interact within the culture.”


As a service learning program, AGBL promotes a mutually beneficial relationship between students and entrepreneurs. Students saw a real credit organization at work in a developing country and experienced Guatemalan culture. And according to Simkins, the members of the organization found student questions helpful in highlighting the organization’s successes and shining a fresh perspective on what could be improved.


Simkins said programs like AGBL make her glad she chose Marquette. “I think [AGBL] really upholds the ideals of a Jesuit education in that it was a truly holistic experience that provided the opportunity for engagement with people of a different culture and background, challenged me with fulfilling academic work, and encouraged personal reflection and growth.


“I think more than anything,” Simkins said, “I have taken away a more complete, more complex understanding of the process that goes into not just microcredit, but community support and organization work in developing countries.”





Office of International Education
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881