International Working Group

The International Working Group (IWG) was established in collaboration with the Faculty Fellows, Christopher Brown and David G. Ortiz, and Ambassador Delano Lewis, consultant to the Provost. The purpose of the IWG is to assist the Provost in determining the direction of international initiatives & activities at NMSU.

At the initial meeting held on December 10, 2020, there was a consensus among the IWG members that there was a lack of “awareness” of International initiatives at NMSU.

In view of this, the group believed that there was a need for an inventory of what is being done by faculty and students on international initiatives on the campus.

Further, in order to achieve results in the long term, there should be a  curriculum review to determine if there should be changes in the curriculum in order to advance “internationalization & globalization” to enhance student success.

In order to answer these questions and to achieve our goals of giving advice to the Provost on direction of international initiatives, it was decided that subject matter sub-groups should be established. The sub-groups are outlined in the membership list below. 

Resources

Membership

Membership of the International Working Group. Click on a name to send an email. 

*Special sub-groups with a defined task with a short time frame.

Name Sub-group Title College/Unit
Delano Lewis Mission of the IWG* Independent Consultant  Provost Office
Christopher Brown Chair, Communications & Outreach Faculty Fellow Beyond Borders Initiative
David G. Ortiz  Curriculum Review & Development Faculty Fellow Center for Latin American & Border Studies
Neil Harvey Chair, Curriculum Review & Development Department Head, Government Arts & Sciences
Kenny Stevens Curriculum Review & Development Professor, Engineering Technology Engineering
Manoj Shukla  Chair, Inventory of International Activity*
Communications & Outreach
Professor, Plant & Environmental Sciences Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
Ińigo Garcia Bryce Communications & Outreach Professor, History Arts & Sciences
Allison Newby Curriculum Review & Development Assistant Professor, Sociology Arts & Sciences
Chris Erickson Communications & Outreach Professor, Economics & International Relations Business
Ana Garcia Escalante Peer Institutions Review*
Inventory of International Activity*
President Global Student Alliance
Phame Camarena Mission of the IWG* Dean Williams Conroy Honors College
Erica Nikolaisen  Inventory of International Activity* Program Manager Education Abroad

Sub-Group Updates

Inventory of International Activity (Subgroup)

The inventory subgroup was tasked with gathering information on NMSU student, faculty, staff, and administrator’s global activities. The committee gathered information on NMSU student’s global experiences through Study Aboard, FLIP, Aggies Go Global and Fulbright programs. These data are now available for as far back as 2012 until recent. The data on incoming international exchange students to NMSU were also compiled from 2016 to 2020. All existing student organizations (chartered or not during 2021) in the campus were identified. NMSU faculty, staff, and administrator’s global activities through various programs including Fulbright were compiled for 2013 onwards. AS NMSU gears towards increasing it’s global footprint, these data would be immensely helpful in designing future global strategies for the University.

Communications and Outreach (Subgroup)

The (IWG) Communication and Outreach subgroup met 3 times during the 2020-2021 academic year. The group focused its efforts on compiling data on what our peer institutions are doing in the area of border and international programs. This lead to the development of questions to ask peers (see below). This effort has involved mining our peers' webpages to identify the offices and people involved in border and international work, as well as searching for data in these areas. The subcommittee has been supplementing this effort with telephone visits to fill any data gaps. This project was completed in the Fall 2021 term, generating a final report of these activities.

  1. By what manner does institution X pursue international collaboration? Do specific criteria exist that guide these efforts, and if so, what are they?
  2. How does Institution X measure success?
  3. What University-level resources are available for internationalization?
  4. Specifically, does Instantiation X have a campus-wide program to encourage internationalization of curriculum?
    • If yes, how is the program structured (director, staff, reporting lines?
    • How do you communicate with students, faculty, staff and the community?
    • If no, how does internationalization of curriculum operate>
  5. Specifically, does Institution X have a campus-wide program to encourage internationalization of faculty>
    • If yes, how is the program structured (director, staff, reporting lines?
    • How do you communicate with students, faculty, staff and the community?
    • If no, how does internationalization of faculty operate?
  6. Specifically, does Institution X have a campus-wide program to encourage internationalization of research?
    • If yes, how is the program structured (director, staff, reporting lines?
    • How do you communicate with students, faculty, staff and the community?
    • If no, how does internationalization of faculty operate?

Committee on Curricular Development

At a time when understanding of international issues is more important than ever, students have a wide variety of programs and courses that they can take at NMSU. The International Working Group’s committee on curricular development has brought together in one single place all of the current majors, supplementary majors, minors and certificates with significant international content. The committee completed this work in the spring and summer of 2021 with the support of Dr. Neil Harvey. Neil combed the NMSU catalog for programs with a strong international orientation, as well as General Education and Viewing the Wider World classes that can provide all students, regardless of major, with unique global perspectives from many disciplines. We wanted to provide advisers and students with an easy way to identify these programs and courses so that the full range of international curriculum can be fully known and utilized. In addition, we looked at the schedule of classes for the upcoming semesters and noted which General Education and VWW classes were being offered, making it relatively easy to pick out classes that serve any student’s needs while promoting greater awareness and appreciation for international issues. We will keep updating this valuable resource as needed. If you have suggestions for additions, please contact the committee chair, Dr. Neil Harvey (Government) at nharvey@nmsu.edu

View the full report

Organizational Chart