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Espresso powers visit from Italian delegation

June 12, 2017

The Office of International Programs cohosted a delegation of educators from Italy, who visited the College of Education as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The trip was administered by Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with Global Ties Detroit.

The visit focused on classroom integration for migrant children, as immigrant children make up about 9 percent of students in primary and secondary education in Italy. Delegation members included a research fellow from the University of Padua and an elementary school teacher from Padua; an English program coordinator and an elementary school principal, both from Rome; and director of Milan’s educational services department.

Sandra Gonzales, assistant professor of bilingual/bicultural education in the College of Education, hosted a discussion between the delegation and WSU doctoral students. The lively roundtable centered on inclusion in a multicultural classroom and education policy, discussing the differences and similarities between the Italian and U.S. contexts. 

Education doctoral student Stella Seilo, who hails from Italy, provided special Italian espresso, cookies and chocolate to ensure the college’s guests had a taste of home during their visit to Detroit.  

The Office of International Programs leads Wayne State’s global engagement by creating opportunities that foster international education and research, facilitate the exchange of individuals and ideas that promote global competencies and citizenship, and provide resources that support the expansion of the university’s global agenda.