International Committee at Harper College


International Week at Harper College

Dates for Fall 2010 International Education Week will be posted soon.

Read Around the World at Harper College

The following three selections are for 2010


International Events at Harper College

Events are posted as they become available.


Exodus: A Deaf Jewish Family Escapes the Holocaust

Link is not working. April 16th J Theatre 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lily Shirey Presentation, 8:00-9:00 Q and A. 9:00-10:00 Mingle and Free Food

Harper Collge Diversity Calender

Important Dates to Remember


Grant Assistance for Harper Faculty

Kristie Smith works with grants for Harper College and wants to help faculty to acquire grants to help fund their international travel and education.


International Programs for Faculty

The following opportunities are available for faculty members.


Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs

ICISP proudly provides leadership in international education and cultural diversity throughout Illinois and contiguous states. It offers cost-effective programs, services, and opportunities for constituencies. There are a wide range of study abroad programs offered through ICISP with varied locations and lengths. This makes it possible for students to find the program which best fits their needs. ICISP also offers a variety of opportunities for the growth and development of faculty and administrators. Harper College is a member of the ICISP. Its exchange programs are available to Harper faculty and students.

NAFSA - Association of International Educators

NAFSA is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities in the field.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program, is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

International Professors Project

IPP’s goal is to send professors and instructors from the developed to the developing world and within the developing world to other developing-country universities. As a part of this process, IPP assigns young International Instructors to universities in their homelands. Additionally, at least 20% of the International Professors, Instructors, and Fellows will be drawn from the pool of unemployed and underemployed Ph.D.’s from developing countries.

Council on International Education Exchange - CIEE

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars are in-depth encounters with the people, places, and issues that shape our world. Expect one to two intensive weeks of lectures by local faculty and experts from prestigious institutions, site visits that illuminate ideas explored in those lectures, and opportunities to contribute to lively discussions with international colleagues. Interdisciplinary by design, all CIEE faculty seminars examine contemporary issues, globalization, and local perspectives. Across our many seminars, topics cover a wide range of issues; see below for just a few of the many lecture and site visit topics faculty are exploring as part of their IFDS experience.

Midwest Institute

A non-profit educational consortium established in 1992 with Title IV funding for the purpose of expanding International-Intercultural education for 2-year colleges. They work with varying external grant programs beyond Fulbright and have past projects related to curriculum development modules and professional development opportunities. Their support products (books, CD-ROM, DVD, database, and website) are free to member colleges. Harper is a member college.

National Endowment for the Humanities 2010 Summer Institute

The National Endowment for the Humanities announces a Summer Institute for twenty-four faculty participants from community and four-year colleges and universities to be held on-site in locations in Alaska and British Columbia from June 13 to July 12, 2010, on the topic Native Cultures of Western Alaska and the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Commnity Colleges for International Development - CCID

"The mission of CCID is to provide opportunities for building global relationships that strengthen educational programs, and promote economic development." To accomplish its mission, CCID provides: Technical Training: Develops technical training for economic independence and human resource development. Economic Development: Supports curriculum development and programs that encourage global understanding. Partnerships: Facilitates educational exchanges that result in increased global awareness. Leadership: Initiates and coordinates international linkages to advocate the necessity of global partnerships. Professional Development: Initiates, facilitates and encourages international relationships that enhance global competencies.

International Faculty at Harper College

Harper College has the following international faculty who are an invaluable resource. (The list is on-going.)


Getachew Begasha - Economics (Ethiopia) (email him)

Getachew was born and raised in Ethiopia and speaks and writes in two of the languages in Ethiopia.

Lin Cui- English as a Second Language (China) (email her)

Lin was born and raised in China. She has taught EFL/ESL in both China and Canada and also conducted an independent study in English teaching and learning practices in China.

Mary Gawienowski- English as a Second Language and Linguistics (Japan) (email her)

Mary lived in Japan for 3 years teaching at the junior high school, senior high school and university levels.

Antonio Iacopino - Spanish (Argentina) (email him)

Antonio is a Diversity Faculty Fellow and was born and raised in Argentina.

Kimberly Jaeger - World Languages (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein) (email her)

Kim recently returned from a summer study in Germany. She is a great resource on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. She currently teaches German and French.

Sarah Lindsey - Academic Services (Spain, Scotland, and Myanmar) (email her)

Sarah has taught at the secondary level in private and public schools in Spain, Scotland, and Myanmar (formerly Burma). She is very knowledgeable in navigating the international teaching circuit at the secondary and middle school level.

Brenna Lorenz - Physical Sciences (Guam, Indonesia, and Micronesia) (email her)

Brenna taught at the University of Guam for nine years and has had experience in Indonesia and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Katy Montgomery-English as a Second Language (Mexico) (email her)

Katy taught English at a university in Mexico (Oaxaca coast) in 2006. She was awarded a Rotary scholarship for a three month study in Spain (Salamanca) in 2005.

Bhasker Moorthy - Astronomy (India and Singapore) (email him)

Bhasker lived in India until he was 11 and he visits every couple of years. His wife is Singaporean and they visit Singapore often.

Veronica Mormino - Geography (Argentina) (email her)

Veronica is a Diversity Faculty Fellow and was born and raised in Argentina.

Kathryn Powell - Adult Educational Development (Mexico, Central America, France, and Morocco) (email her)

Kathryn teaches Nonnative Literacy (ESL Literacy) to predominantly Mexican and Central American learners. She lived and worked in France (1982 - 1984) and in Morocco (1985 - 1987). She visits Morocco periodically, as her husband is from Casablanca and her three kids are half Moroccan. She speaks French, some Spanish, and some colloquial Moroccan Arabic.

Laura Pulio Colbert - Speech/Theatre (Russia and Great Britain) (email her)

Laura studied acting at both the Moscow Art Theater in Russia and at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and researched native Irish dialect in Dublin in preparation for playing a role.

Helmut Publ - Anthropology (Mexico) (email him)

Helmut spent almost 9 years studying and doing field work in Mexico (the latter of which he continue to do currently) as well as conducting annual anthropological field trips to Mexico for eight years as part of Harpers International Program.

Regina Rector - Biology (Zimbabwe) (email her)

Regina taught for 2 years in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe, learned a tribal language and has travelled extensively.

Catherine Restovich - English (Hungary) (email her)

Catherine spent a year teaching English in Hungary so she is familiar with the country and with teaching opportunities there.

Barbara Solheim - Philosophy (England) (email her)

Barb went to Canturbury with the ICISP and spent the Spring 2007 semester there.

Sandra Vega-Picchietti - Center for New Students (Italy, Peru, Europe) (email her)

Sandra studied in Italy in 1988 and did a solo backpack trip throughout much of Europe. She also is Peruvian and visit Peru frequently. She is fluent in Spanish, as well as knows advance Italian and conversational French. Her family has traveled the world and her sister founded an international mission organization, which she was able to join on a recent trip to the Peruvian Amazon. She loves to learn and exchange dialogue about diverse cultures.

Joyce Wisniewski-English as a Second Language (Russia, South Africa, and former Yugoslavia) (email her)

Joyce taught English in Russia, South Africa, and Bosnia. She studied in Yugoslavia from 1988-89.

International Students at Harper College

These programs are in development and are not yet available. More information will follow.


Harper Sponsored International Trips

Spring 2009



Professor Veronica Mormino took seven Harper students to Argentina for a week of culture and fun during Spring Break.

Read the Inside Harper Article

See the trip video (Coming soon)


The following resources may be utilized to internationalize your classes.


United Nations Member States

From this website, you can access each member state in the United Nations for phone number, address, email, and U.N. data on the country.

Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago's 45th International Film Festival is here! See here for the schedule and information.