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Speaker series highlights international students' experiences in classrooms around the globe
For the past seven months, a group of international graduate students from the College of Education has coordinated a program titled "Understanding Educational Diversity Around the World" to showcase education systems in various countries.
The program consists of weekly presentations by graduate students who speak on the education systems in their respective home countries—countries such as Palestine, Senegal, and the Philippines, to name a few.
The series is led by Nicole Lamers, visiting assistant professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; Mauricio Pino and Xiuying "Sophy" Cai, both Ph.D. students in Global Studies in Education.
Last fall, Lamers was approached by Pino and Cai, who expressed interest in bringing awareness to and sharing the unique experiences that international students in the College bring to the University of Illinois. They especially saw an opportunity to share the similarities and differences of their home country educational systems.