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ABOUT THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

The Center for International Studies (CFIS) at Virginia Union University will provide the means whereby the institution can use its academic and service resources to fulfill a major mission, which is to “develop scholars, leaders and lifelong learners of a global society.” The Center will continually advance faculty and students’ interests in national and international issues in order to become aware of global opportunities that might positively enrich them socially, culturally and academically.
 

In keeping with the mission of Virginia Union University, the Center for International Studies will promote the education of students and the experiential knowledge of faculty to become outstanding contributors to society through global learning and experiencing the cultures of other countries.

Mission Statement
The mission of the CFIS at VUU is to provide leadership and support for internationally oriented and interdisciplinary teaching and research; local, national and international business; and other creative work and services. CFIS will promote study abroad programs for VUU students and faculty as well as bring students and faculty from abroad to VUU campus and the local community.
 

Focus Areas of the Center

  • CFIS will collaborate with all schools and departments at VUU to prepare students for leadership positions in business and government organizations. The Center will also promote study abroad and faculty/student exchanges between VUU and other institutions around the world.
  • CFIS will be actively involved in promoting the academic and cultural development of VUU’s faculty by encouraging and assisting them to participate in Fulbright Scholar Programs; faculty exchange programs with other institutions around the world; teach courses in various study abroad programs.
  • CFIS will tirelessly work with students at VUU to: encourage and assist in obtaining valid passports; participate in various study abroad programs; participate in Camp Adventure program; become members of various clubs and sororities and resuscitate the International Students Association.

Goals of the Center for International Studies

  • Build an infrastructure that enables CFIS to promote and support international relationships in the Cosmopolitan Richmond community through research, technical assistance, training, seminars, electronic services and international business joint ventures.
  • Support and encourage an international focus in teaching, research and service to the University Community.
  • Develop a diverse international University component dedicated to enhancing global programs and the international culture of VUU.
  • Enrich the international composition and character of the University’s immediate service area and Richmond communities.
  • Develop, support and cultivate the internationalization of VUU curriculum.
  • Facilitate the development of a minor in International Affairs that would be applicable across several VUU majors.
  • Facilitate program agreements with foreign institutions to support Fulbright Scholars, program specific activities in various academic disciplines and study groups.
     

Action Plans

The CFIS will organize periodic workshops and seminars on international trade and business; prepare a quarterly newsletter; create and maintain a website to keep international students informed of any changes in immigration regulations. The CFIS will also solicit travel grants to allow international faculty teaching opportunities as well as grants for international graduate and undergraduate student research and teaching. In order to enrich the international dimension of the co-curricular content, the CFIS will develop courses with an international focus with other institutions on multicultural issues. The Center will also advertise the Minor in International Affairs programs through brochures.

David Adewuyi, Ph. D.
Director

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. H.P. Singh-Sandhu, Sydney Lewis School of Business
Mrs. Bynetta Wiggins, School of Education, Psychology & IDS
Ms. Kristie White, Institutional Advancement
Ms. Sukenya Best, School of Humanities and Sciences
Dr. Dorothy Eseonu, School of Math, Sciences and Technology
Dr. John W. Kinney, Dean, SDP School of Theology
Ms. Vanessa Coombs, Director of Public Relations
Dr. Peter Sutton, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mrs. Arcelia Jackson, Financial Aid Office
Dr. Penni Sweetenburg-Lee, Director of Career Services                   
 Mr. Alfred Goode Jr., Program Assistant, International Studies 

Virginia Union University
1500 N. Lombardy Street
Henderson Hall, Room 104
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Phone: 804-342-3939
Fax: 8504-342-3959
Email: InternationalStudies@vuu.edu
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