Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education faculty members Ana Gil Garcia and Gabriel Cortez accompanied 10 students in the Educational Leadership: Higher Education master’s degree program on a 10-day trip Puerto Rico

Noteworthy at Northeastern: ENLACE in Puerto Rico

Friday, July 26, 2019

A group of 10 students and two faculty members recently returned from an educational trip to Puerto Rico. Read more about their experiences, upcoming events and more in Noteworthy at Northeastern.

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Seminar in Puerto Rico

Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education faculty members Ana Gil Garcia and Gabriel Cortez accompanied 10 students in the Educational Leadership: Higher Education master’s degree program on a 10-day trip to Puerto Rico earlier this month. The trip served as a seminar in the program. The students engaged in discussions with three local experts from Universidad de Puerto Rico. In addition to the lectures, the ENLACE students volunteered at the Centro para Puerto Rico, founded by Puerto Rico’s former and only female governor, Sila M. Calderón. The students created CDs with specific vital information for each township on the island, so policymakers can easily access this information and got to take a photo with Calderón herself.

students meet a horse from the Chicago Police Department’s Mounted Unit

Arabic learning

Northeastern’s Multilingual Learning Center is hosting a five-week intensive course for students in kindergarten through fifth grade this summer to learn Arabic and explore its culture. (Pictured above, the students meet a horse from the Chicago Police Department’s Mounted Unit.) The program also has adult students who hope to become teachers of the language. This is the first year Northeastern was awarded a STARTALK combined grant of $100,000 to host both a Success and Access through Multilingualism Initiative (SAMI) program and Summer Arabic Language Teacher Training (SALTT). MLC Coordinators Denise Cloonan Cortez de Andersen and Jeanine Ntihirageza hope it won’t be the last. “Arabic is a critical language,” Cloonan Cortez de Andersen said. “Through these programs we are able to support the preservation of Arabic culture and language.”

And there’s more!

  • Department of Mathematics Chair Lidia Filus delivered a presentation titled “Universal Representation of Bivariate Survival Functions” during the 13th International Conference on Statistics, Mathematics and Computation that took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 3-5.

To do

President Gloria J. Gibson holding up a golf ball

Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event

The NEIU Foundation will host the 47th annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling on Aug. 5. Participants and donors are free to designate their Kane gifts to any NEIU Foundation scholarship fund. The day includes 18 holes of golf, contests, a silent auction and more. Anyone who can’t golf can also sign up for just the dinner. Find more information on the day’s activities and fundraisers at neiu.edu/kane.

Coming next week!

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