CASNR Global Learning Hub Announces Fall 2022 Programming

Former CASNR Global Ambassador Divine Mbabazi pictured working on programming for the Global Learning Hub
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

CASNR Global Learning Hub Announces Fall 2022 Programming

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Global Learning Hub is excited to announce another semester of globally themed programming for students, faculty, staff and the broader IANR community in Fall 2022. With a focus on a broader definition of what a “global” experience means, the events and opportunities will include a mix of information about physical travel opportunities, in-person events, and hybrid programming.

“It’s more vital than ever that our students expand their minds, skills and professional networks in the global space…it’s a key way to have an edge the global workplace,” said Brianne Wolf, who leads efforts for global learning and engagement strategies for CASNR.

“Access to global learning opportunities for all our students is also our priority,” said Wolf. “So you’ll see that our events are ones that explore not only physical mobility/travel options, but also ways students can learn, grow and network here in Lincoln as well as in virtual capacities.”

September will focus on two options that CASNR students have (as well as students across the university more broadly) in order to take part in travel that helps them explore their majors, disciplines and interests.

The International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) program gives students the chance to experience an authentic and impactful international experience living with a rural family in one or more countries throughout the world, with programs ranging from 2 to 6 months. Alan Lambert, the national IFYE director, will visit campus to share more about the program with students in the Hub’s inaugural event of the semester, entitled, “Translating the Rural Experience: The International Farm Youth Exchange Program.” As part of ongoing collaborations with the Department of Modern Languages, they are proud to co-sponsor this event with the CASNR Global Learning Hub. The event will be held in the Garden Room in the East Campus Union September 20 at 5:00 p.m. Interested in the program but unable to attend the session? Hear from program alumna Taylor Hannan, of Mead, Nebraska, about her experience in last year’s information session here.

Curious about a faculty-led study abroad program the areas that relate to CASNR majors? Be sure to attend this year’s East Campus CASNR Faculty-Led Fair in the East Campus Union on September 26 outside of the dining center from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Representatives from programs across disciplines as diverse as wildlife management to food production to PGA management will be present to share about program options that can take one to South Africa, Spain, Scotland, Namibia, Australia, New Zealand and beyond; full program information is located on the Hub virtual space. Be sure to meet the new CASNR Global Experiences Coordinator, Shannon Smith, while there. With an office located in the Global Learning Hub in Ag Hall 202, Shannon is the person to speak with about exploring international travel options to advance your education and training while at Nebraska. Stop by her office or make an appointment.

In November, we will again be celebrating all things global learning alongside partners across the university, nation and world with International Education Week (and Month). Be sure to explore the full suite of international education month events curated by the Global Nebraska teams as well as partners across campus, updated soon with this year’s events.

For the part of the CASNR Global Learning Hub, students have three event options on East Campus and virtually: one focused on education abroad and funding sources, one more geared towards networking and language, and the other on global careers.

Hear straight from a student about what it's like studying abroad: on November 1, horticulture major Claire Gillespie will share about her experience in Zambia during the Global Food Security program, a former program offered by the College of Education and Human Sciences. She'll also share tips on applying for the Gilman Scholarship, which was a key part in supporting the costs of the program. Join the conversation on Zoom (registration required) to hear for yourself and ask your questions live. 

November 7 will bring another of the Hub’s ongoing Global Language Cafe events, this one intended for speakers and learners of the Swahili language. Individuals across the spectrum of linguistic ability from any major are welcomed: whether native speakers, intermediate learners or just hoping to gain a few words of pleasantries. Students, faculty, and staff, especially those advanced or native speakers, are encouraged to use the opportunity to speak about their research in the language, but all are invited for networking and conversation. Be sure to meet our new Global Learning Hub graduate assistant, Shabani Muller, who will lead this event in his capacity both as a team member of the Hub and a speaker of Swahili (among other languages). The event will take place in the CASNR Global Learning Hub commons, located in the main area of the Ag Hall 202 suite of offices.

The Hub is also excited to feature Georgina Bingham as our upcoming speaker for the next Global Careers Chat, which will take place November 15 at 1:00 p.m. as a virtual discussion with an in-person meet and greet in the Global Hub (Ag Hall 202) immediately after . Dr. Bingham will be sharing about her unique and world-spanning career in industry, research and academia that has taken her from her roots in rural England across continents finally to Nebraska. Students interested in previous career chats can access videos of events featuring Andre Bradley, of the Mexico City, Mexico Foreign Agricultural Trade Office; Cicely (Batie) Wardyn, of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture; and Mark Doyle, of the USAID Mission in Bamako, Mali.

There are many other globally relevant events happening across the Institute and campus over the course of the semester, which we encourage the campus community to attend!

September 21, 8:00-9:00 a.m., Great Plains Room, East Campus Union

  • Husker Trade Talk: “What does “friend-shoring” mean for US agriculture?” with the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance (Student Event)

October 11, 8:00 p.m., live-streamed

  • E.N. Thompson Forum: "Putting the Public Back in Public Health: A Global Perspective" featuring UNMC’s Dr. Ali S. Khan. (Lectures are streamed online, and are available on Lincoln City and Education TV channels, and University of Nebraska–Lincoln KRNU radio 90.3 FM.)

October 12-14 virtual and in-person in Des Moines, IA

November 2, 8:00am – 1:30pm, Nebraska Innovation Campus

Finally, the CASNR Global Learning Hub team reminds students that the virtual space offers many opportunities for students to engage in global development no matter where they are located. The global opportunities page is an up-to-date source on local/virtual/global internships; globally-themed classes and non-curricular learning opportunities; plus, funding opportunities as diverse as large-scale research support or funding students’ first passport. The Sustainable Development Scholars Program offers students both a way to engage in co-curricular involvement to advance their knowledge, skills and network around global challenges while also culminating in a non-credit digital credential in one of four of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Contact Brianne Wolf for more on how to join the SDG Scholars program and earn a digital badge.