International Education event Nov. 15 highlights transformation through global engagement

Transforming education through global engagement is the theme of the college’s 5th annual Comparative and International Education Week event on Monday, Nov. 15, 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the Norman Hall Terrace Room.

The event starts at 12:30 with food and musical entertainment with an international flair, with the formal program beginning at 1 p.m. The program, facilitated by Ester de Jong, associate professor of ESOL and bilingual education, features three panel discussions—two comprised of students and one of faculty.

The first presentation, from 1:15-1:55 p.m., has a panel of international education students speaking on mediating UF and U.S. experiences with future aspirations.

From 2:00-3:15, a COE faculty panel discusses how their international research or consulting has changed their work. Panel members are Linda Jones (science and environmental education), Mary Ann Clark (counselor education), Griff Jones (UFTeach and science education) and Diane Ryndak (special education).

From 3:20-4:00, a panel of study-abroad students will describe how their international experiences have impacted their learning at UF, their future goals and how they view teaching.

For more information, contact Matt Goff in COE Student Services at 273-4378 or via email at

COE Student Affairs sponsors the college’s yearly International Education Week event. The college’s participation, based on a joint initiative of the U.S. departments of State and Education, honors a worldwide celebration of Comparative and International Education Week.



  • SOURCE: Matt Goff, assistant dean for student affairs, (352) 273-4376;
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