Berkeley International Group (BIG) Events

The Berkeley International Group (BIG) is composed of UC Berkeley faculty and staff who meet monthly to collaborate and participate in informal discussions related to the international work that we all do on campus. Each meeting is hosted by different units on campus. The group meets for one hour during the first week of every month, with the host deciding upon the topic, date, time, and location of the meeting.

Below is a summary of upcoming and past Berkeley International Group meetings since November 2016.  

If you would like to host a future BIG meeting or have a suggested topic, please email Global Engagement Office at geo@berkeley.edu.

(POSTPONED) May 5, 2021: A Journey of Hope from Earth to Mars: Elevating the Role of Women in STEM Education and Advancing US-Arab Relations

Event Summary

Can a mission to study Martian climate inspire a generation of young Arabs to pursue STEM careers? How does the UAE foster widespread female involvement in STEM fields? 

April 13, 2021: Facilitating Intercultural Learning Programs in a Virtual Era

March 16, 2021: The importance of local leadership: contributing to campus equity and inclusion goals through visiting scholar programs

February 4, 2021: Outlook for International Relations and Immigration under the Biden Administration

With the recent transition to the Biden Administration, many of us working in higher education have questions about what changes this will bring for our international programs, research, and constituents. Please join the Berkeley International Group for a briefing from the Director of Federal Relations for UC Berkeley, Gina Banks Daly, to learn about current and anticipated policy changes and executive orders related to immigration, international affairs, and higher education.

January 27, 2021: A Year in Review: International Student, Faculty, and Scholar Issues and the Future of US Immigration

2020 was a momentous year for UC Berkeley's international students, scholars and employees.  In addition to facing travel restrictions related to COVID-19, they also were confronted by an array of other regulatory changes that challenged their status in the US.  Join us to learn about these policies and to hear how Berkeley International Office is working to help our international community navigate them.

Nov 2020 BIG Meeting: UC Berkeley COVID-19 International Operations Briefing

With international travel grinding to a halt across the UC system in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted UC Berkeley’s international operations and programming. Please join the Berkeley International Group for a panel discussion with key international leaders across the campus, including representatives from the Global Engagement Office, Berkeley Study Abroad, Summer Sessions, and UC Berkeley Extension International Programs.

Fall 2020 BIG Event Series: Anti-Racism in International Education

How can international educators lead in crafting a vision for a post-racist world?  How can they leverage the multiple tools that intercultural learning and cross-cultural communication provides to develop the next generation of anti-racist leaders? How can they work to normalise cross-cultural and intercultural diversity in the communities that they inhabit?

Sept. 2020 BIG Event: Courageous Conversations Workshop

Speaking up and speaking out about racism and white supremacy has become a priority for organizations and institutions across the globe, including here at UC Berkeley. However, when it comes to confronting the ways racism shows up in our everyday lives and relationships, it can be difficult to create environments where people can be truly courageous in their own growth and encourage the growth of others. In multinational/multicultural environments, this is further complexified, yet equally critical.

May 2020 Panel Discussion on COVID-19: The End or the Revival of International Higher Education?

Recent years have witnessed a rise in the level of nationalism in many countries with tightened immigration policies and stronger governmental oversight of multinational research collaborations. At the same time, competition among countries and universities for international students has increased significantly, while the demographics of young populations in many countries are shifting. Now, the onset of an historic global pandemic, with its serious travel challenges and dramatic economic effects, raises yet another threat to the future of internationalization on U.S. campuses.

May 2020 BIG Meeting: Connecting Berkeley to Europe

April 2020 BIG Meeting: Your emotional well-being amid COVID-19

In light of the rapidly evolving situation amid COVID-19, we understand that our colleagues are likely under stress while handling work and personal life and finding a balance while working remotely.

March 2020 BIG Meeting: Graduate Division and International Student Experience

Come hear from the Graduate Division and the Graduate Assembly about their respective organizations and goals in service of international academic and professional graduate students at UC Berkeley. We'll also have current graduate students speak about their experiences and transitions to campus. 

Please note this event is open to UC Berkeley faculty and staff only. Please RSVP

February 2020 BIG Meeting & IEAS Lecture Series: Contextualizing Coronavirus: Scientific, Political, Societal and Economic Impacts of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) appeared in Wuhan, China in early December 2019 and has quickly spread across the globe, leading to the closure of borders, the lockdown of Chinese cities, fears about under-reaction (and over-reaction), and economic effects still to be seen.

December 2019 BIG Meeting & CSHE Lecture Series: “Foreign influence” rhetoric and internationalization at UC Berkeley

Over the last year, there has been an increasing discussion led by U.S. Federal agencies and Congress about the nature of U.S. universities and their engagement with international institutions and governments. This oversight and inquiry is expected to continue and increase, with new and revised disclosure and compliance requirements a likely outcome.

December 2019 Berkeley International Group meeting: End of year social!

UC Berkeley staff and faculty are invited to attend a belated International Education Week celebration with the Berkeley International Group (BIG) on Wednesday, December 4 from 4-6pm.  Join UC Berkeley colleagues with a passion for (or interest in) international education, and celebrate the end of the semester!

Light appetizers will be available; drinks are on your own.

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November 2019 Berkeley International Group Meeting: International Students and Scholars: Current Enrollment and Regulatory Trends

UC Berkeley faculty and staff are invited to join the Berkeley International Group  to learn more about international students and scholars at UC Berkeley, and current enrollment and regulatory trends. 

May 2019 Berkeley International Group Meeting: First-year pathway & pre-college programs

UC Berkeley faculty and staff are invited to attend the next Berkeley International Group meeting to learn more about two of Berkeley's Summer Sessions & Study Abroad programs including the Global Edge London program for newly admitted undergraduate freshmen and the Pre-College Scholars Summer Program for domestic and international high school students.

April 2019 BIG Meeting - Campus-wide updates from the Global Engagement Office

UC Berkeley faculty and staff are invited to attend the next Berkeley International Group meeting to learn more about campus-wide international updates from the Global Engagement Office, including new partnership development resources, clarification on campus-wide procedures for international MOUs, a new campus-wide international partnership database (in collaboration with other UCs), and more.

Global Engagement Office mission:

March 2019 BIG Meeting - Dual degree programs with Berkeley Study Abroad

UC Berkeley faculty and staff are invited to attend the next Berkeley International Group meeting to learn more about Berkeley's first undergraduate dual degree program with Sciences Po

May 2018 BIG Meeting - Where do foreign students work and reside after they graduate? with Pew Research Center and Berkeley International Office

Dr. Ruiz presented his research on the question of "where do foreign students work and reside after they graduate?"

October 2018 BIG Meeting - Disrupting the Diploma: The Global Rise of Short Courses with UC Extension

Anna Esaki-Smith presented "Disrupting the Diploma: The Global Rise of Short Courses," examining a growing industry-wide trend to unbundle higher education degrees and provide more flexible and modular study paths for students.

November 2018 BIG Meeting - The future of African Students at UC Berkeley with International House, Center for African Studies & Berkeley International Office

December 2018 BIG Meeting - Models for international collaboration - College of Engineering

The College of Engineering reviewed its models for international collaboration, from large-scale research collaborations to visiting scholar and student programs, as well as new plans for a potential educational program to benefit students who have never been outside of the United States. Additionally, best practices and fundamental guidelines for the College of Engineering's establishment of international partnerships were shared.

February 2019 BIG Meeting - Becoming the Global Hub for Entrepreneurship with Berkeley SkyDeck

April 2017 BIG Meeting - Center for Intercultural Leadership

In this session, CIL discussed their overall model for resident engagement, including specific examples and exercises from CIL, in the hope that participants might be inspired to try aspects that they find useful.

November 2016 BIG Meeting - Global Engagement Office (GEO)

A discussion about the GEO's evolving role on campus and how GEO will better serve the campus community moving forward, including a brief discussion of the UC Berkeley Open House to be held on June 5th at UC Berkeley following the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) conference which will be held in Los Angeles this year.

November 2017 BIG Meeting - International and Area Studies

The degree programs under International and Area Studies are evolving, highlighted by the creation of the Global Studies major. This presentation discussed the reasons for developing the new Global Studies major, and how it will better serve the current generation of students.

October 2017 BIG Meeting - International Undergraduate Admissions

Shifting trends in international applicants over the past year.

December 2017 BIG Meeting - Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET)

Learn about SCET's global programs and international partnerships with a special focus on the "Global Startup Semester at Berkeley," a semester-long program at Berkeley where students learn about entrepreneurship and innovation.

March 2017 BIG Meeting - International Area Study Centers & Institutes

The International Area Study Centers & Institutes outlined who they are and what they do, and discussed their outreach activities, public programs, and funding models, how their work connects with other units and departments across the campus, as well as current challenges.

February 2017 BIG Meeting - Study Abroad & Summer Sessions

Darin Menlove, Director of Berkeley Study Abroad, discussed UC Berkeley’s strategies for increased study-abroad participation and comparisons within the contexts of the UC system and national trends.

February 2018 BIG Meeting - Berkeley International Office (BIO)

A Changing Landscape: New Trends in Immigration Practice and Prospects for Legislative Changes to Come

September 2017 BIG Meeting - Risk Services and UCOP

Presentation on the recently issued UCOP International Activities Policy, which sets out principles and high-level processes for activities conducted overseas.

December 2016 BIG Meeting - UC Extension

Eddie West, Director of International Programs at UC Berkeley Extension, presented on recent trends in the worldwide mobility of students, future directions, and on the emerging realm of "transnational education."

March 2018 BIG Meeting - Visiting Scholars & Postdoc Affairs Office

The session will highlight customized symposia, workshops and networking events designed to support the career and professional development of Berkeley’s 1,600 postdocs, 1,500 visiting scholars and 1,200 visiting student researchers. Additionally, the audience will have an opportunity to comment on new policies affecting this research community.

May 2017 BIG Meeting - Berkeley International Office

Supporting international students and scholars in a time of change.

 

April 2018 BIG Meeting - Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE)

Discussion of the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium, research and policy outcomes, and the challenges of sustaining an international collaboration.

October 2018 BIG Meeting - Center for the Studies in Higher Education (CSHE)

A panel discussion on observations about the changing market for international graduate and undergraduate students, the impact of changing visa/immigration debates/policies, and the challenges international students face once they enroll in a US university.