An Intercultural Dialogue: Enhancing International Research Engagement



Loveness Schafer (left), Associate Director of International Services, giving opening remarks.

LSU International Programs hosted an Intercultural Dialogue entitled: “Enhancing International Research Engagement” on November 14, 2017. The discussion was held at the LSU Union in the International Room from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Intercultural Dialogue is an open forum for LSU visiting scholars and the LSU community to have cross-cultural conversations and to exchange ideas, knowledge, and perspectives. Participants share ideas and perspectives relating to international education. The annual Intercultural Dialogue is an IP initiative coordinated by Ms. Loveness Schafer, Associate Director of International Services. The objective for this year’s topic was to brainstorm ways to enhance international research collaborations and engagement. Moderators included: Fahui Wang, Professor and Chair, Geography and Anthropology; John Malone, Professor, Pathobiological Science; Susan Karimiha, Coordinator, AgCenter Global Network;and Robb Brumfield, Director and Professor, Museum of Natural Science and Department of Biological Science. Writers included: Huiming Bao, Professor, Geology and Geophysics; and Kevin Macaluso, Associate Professor, Pathobiological Science. Areas of discussion included international student recruitment and retention strategies, ways to enhance education abroad, where to find resources on international education and engagement, and many more.



Dr. Hector Zapata, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs, leading a group discussion.

The event began with opening remarks by Loveness Schafer, Associate Director for International Services, followed by Keynote speaker Collette Agnese, Lead of Institutional Engagement for the Institute of International Education. The event then proceeded in round table discussions, followed by a large group discussion. Dr. Hector Zapata, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs, gave closing remarks.


Group discussions about enhancing international research engagement.