Waterloo International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Staff International Experience Fund (SIEF). Congratulations to our recipients!
2015 SIEF Recipients
Jennifer is a Waterloo counsellor at the Counselling and Psychological Services department including satellite offices within housing and residences. Since the University of Waterloo’s student population is
extremely diverse, with over 61% who report being a part of a visible minority; Jennifer regularly meets with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Due to Waterloo’s unique student body, Jennifer plans to visit Bilkent University, Turkey, Yeditepe University and Insitut Teknologi Bandung, in Indonesia in February 2015. Jennifer is keen to learn cultural competence, cultural sensitivity, and ethic sensitive practice when working with individuals who are challenged by mental health.
During her travels Jennifer will be able to create an understanding of gender, family, and cultural issues specific to Muslim and Arabic students, allowing for culturally trained counsellors who can better support these students. Her trip will also help set the groundwork for professional training programs within the Counselling and Psychology Services and Organizational and Human Development to demystify Muslim culture and Arabic and Muslim student needs.
I am thrilled to be selected for the SIEF fund as I will be using the time and resources to discover campus wellness in other parts of the world. I am looking forward to immersing into the culture and digging deep in collecting cultural wisdom to bring back to our UW campus. There is a lot to be learned outside our borders.
Marina is the Administrative Co-ordinator for Arts Graduate Studies and Research in the Dean of Arts Office. Marina will be taking on the ambitious project of visiting the University of California (Berkeley and Davis), the University of Southern California, Georgia Tech, New York University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts in three weeks.
Marina plans to investigate graduate programs and research involving the overlap of Arts and STEM disciplines in the hopes of advancing the Faculty of Arts’ graduate program administration and experience. In addition, through her travels to various top-level US universities, Marina will strengthen the collaboration and deepen current research projects between the University of Waterloo and its American counterparts.
I am thrilled to represent UW in this pioneering US-university tour and hope to gain instrumental business partnerships and bring back institutional knowledge to advance interdisciplinary fields in Faculty of Arts graduate programs and research. Through this initiative I am hoping to bring UW one step closer to being recognized as a top global institution for innovation and student excellence!
Susan Grant is the Assistant Director of Organizational and Human Development (OHD) and her SIEF builds on the learning and development initiatives of OHD and supports the priorities within the Robust Employer-Employee Relationship theme of the strategic plan. Susan will visit the University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and Macquarie University in Australia.
By visiting these universities, Susan plans to gain new insight in staff learning and development, lean practices, and Mentorship programs while gaining exposure to talent development practices in Australia. Through her experience abroad, Susan will have the opportunity to develop and further institutional partnerships with these universities.
I am so grateful to the SIEF for offering this exciting and rewarding opportunity for me to learn from world-class Australian institutions. I’m excited to build relationships, learn about new learning and development practices and share with these institutions our programs such as The Principles of Inclusivity series, our Annual Staff Conference and our Leadership Development framework. A colleague from Macquarie University, that I will be visiting, was just here for our Lean Conference so her and I were able to build on our planning and the itinerary for my upcoming visit. My hope is that these learning relationships will continue well after the formal visit is completed.