Small Steps, Big Impact Episode 10 | International Students

Posted on April 14, 2022

Our guests today are Dr. Maria Anastasiou, Associate Provost for International Programs with UNCG’s International Programs Center, and Dr. “Jane” He, Professor of Teacher Education within the Department of Teacher Education & Higher Education and Dean’s Fellow of International Programs within the School of Education here at UNCG.  Our conversation today focuses on the importance of understanding the experiences of our international students as they navigate Higher Education environments.

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Quote from the Episode

“We cannot always make the assumption that their needs are the same or their identities are the same.”

About our Guests

Dr. Ye (Jane) He

Dr. Ye (Jane) He is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. He teaches courses and facilitates professional learning activities to support educators working with multilingual learners and their families. In addition, she serves as the Dean’s fellow of international programs in the School of Education and works with international graduate students through the Global Pathway program. Her research focuses on the promotion of strength-based, community-engaged, and diverse language and culture centered teaching and learning practices.

Dr. Maria Anastasiou

As Associate Provost for International Programs, Maria leads UNC Greensboro’s internationalization efforts by working closely with multiple constituents across campus to create and implement global learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. Prior to joining UNC Greensboro, Maria served as Executive Director in the Office of International Education and Development at Appalachian State University; as the Director of International Programs at USC-Aiken; and as Director of the European Lifelong Learning Program at Frederick University in Cyprus. She holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and a MA and Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. Maria has taught numerous classes on Foreign Policy and International Relations and likes to teach college-level classes when time permits. She is a native of Cyprus and came to the US for her college education in 1994 on a Fulbright Scholarship. 

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