Global Affairs

Council of Global Affairs

02/14/2018 6:59 pm

Message to Rockford University Students from the Faculty

The faculty of Rockford University is committed to the teaching mission of the institution and thus to all our students. The faculty values and appreciates the diversity of religion, ethnicity, national origin, race, disability, and gender in our student body. The rich diversity present in our campus community enriches the educational environment by deepening our understanding of the world and better equipping all students to be global citizens. We, the members of the Rockford University faculty, wish each of you to know that you have our support in your efforts to grow, learn, and fulfill your dreams. We are glad you have chosen to study at Rockford University, and we value your contributions to the whole RU community. We are your teachers and we are here to help and support you.

Council of Global Affairs

 The Council on Global Affairs is a group of faculty and staff who have volunteered to meet regularly to discuss issues and activities of global significance on campus. Current members include Sam Bandy, John Burns, Maria Diemer, Mehmet Dik, Catherine Forslund, William Gahan, Julie Griffith, Ron Lee, Marilen Loyola, Andy Newgren, Matt Phillips, Stephanie Quinn, Luis Romero, Deepshikha Shukla, Jean Swindle, and Gidget Tay. 

Global Faculty Fellow

Program Chair and Associate Professor of Physics, Deepshikha Shukla, Ph. D. is the current Global Faculty Fellow at Rockford University. With her experience in the education systems of India and the US, she is passionate about creating a culture where domestic and international students, faculty and staff symbiotically co-habitate. Assimilation of international students at RU and promoting international experience for the entire campus lies at the core of her initiatives. Internationalization is her ‘mantra’.”

Flags Displayed on Campus

Currently we are displaying the flags of Sweden and Ukraine.

Cross-cultural Classes

Cross-cultural classes are designed for international English as a Second Language students (ESL) and undergraduate/graduate native English-speaking students studying at RU. The aim of these classes is to help the ESL students to be confident and improve their level of fluency in English in addition to helping native English-speakers gain valuable information about other cultures and people.  The international and RU students bring their own ideas and thoughts shaped by their cultures. The classes are an exchange where both ESL and RU students discover and get to know each other. This class provides an excellent atmosphere of mutual sharing and cross-culture communication. Students build new relationships and acquire a sense of achievement. 

Symbiotic dialogue between the cross-cultural interaction class (PSYC 280) and ESL students. 

Global Connections Newsletter


Global Spotlight Award


Congratulations to our Global Spotlight Student of the Month!

Nominate a student to be our Global Spotlight Student of the Month!


A student who has demonstrated a commitment as an agent of cross-cultural change will be selected monthly. Students may be domestic or international and nominated by any staff or faculty member. Criteria are as follows:

  1. The student has participated in school or community activities that are cross-cultural.
  2. The student has demonstrated a commitment to advancing cultural awareness.
  3. The student functions as a cross-cultural agent of change.

Recipients of the award will be asked to participate in a recorded interview designed to increase cross-cultural awareness across campus.

Study Abroad

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Go Global with RU gives each Rockford University the opportunity to study abroad.  The time for you to begin the adventure of a lifetime is right now!  Studying abroad allows students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply that knowledge out into the world to gain a greater global perspective.  During your experience gaining a world-class education you will be able to improve your use of a foreign language, develop intercultural knowledge, pick up international skills that will look good on a resume and learn more about yourself all while gaining life experience.

Exchange Programs

University of Santiago de Campostela, Spain

Fact sheet Spain and Application Guide



University of Skovde, Sweden





Contact Information

Sam Bandy, Director

Maria Diemer
Assistant Director of Global Affairs

Deepshikha Shukla, Ph.D., Global Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Physics

Location: Burpee Building 2nd Floor

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Madrid, Spain 2018

This study abroad trip will enable students to gain academic credit for study abroad in relation to the Spanish Program offerings. Students will travel to Spain for a short term field experience. While there, they will attend theater performances and meet with playwrights, actors, and directors to learn more about the theater writing and production process. Visits to museums, libraries, and cultural centers will also contribute to their understanding of contemporary Spanish culture. There will be a research project associated with the field experience.  



Pre-Departure Orientation Madrid 2018





Paris 2018


          5 Rockford University students participated in the Paris 2018 study abroad trip.  Dr. Sharon Bartlett lead this trip which included excursions to museums, cultural institutions, interviews with locals and group projects based on local resources. Students were immersed in the language.

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 Rome 2017 

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8 students, along with their faculty advisor, Dr. Stephanie Quinn embarked on the trip of a lifetime to Rome, Italy.  Students selected and researched a Roman monument from antiquity during the spring semester.  Students were able to share their work and findings while standing in front of the actual monument.  

 “Studying abroad in Spain has enriched my view of our world by being exposed to various cultures. Each day is an opportunity of personal growth in which one can make unforgettable memories and long lasting friendships.”

Jecenia Saldana


“The opportunity to spend a semester in London was life changing; it gave me the chance to see the world and learn about people and places that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I know so much more about myself now, and I had a fantastic time going to shows, traveling the world, and meeting new friends!”

Emily Todt


Office of Global Affairs

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The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) helps prepare Rockford University students, faculty and community constituents for active participation in a rapidly changing global society by internationalizing our campus and curriculum, facilitating experiential learning opportunities, and developing our international partnerships to achieve Rockford University’s strategic objectives.

Mission Statement of the Office of Global Affairs

Create a supportive and interactive learning environment that celebrates multiculturalism by bringing all of Rockford University’s diverse student body together, in such a way that the academic as well as extra-curricular experiences of all students are enhanced and enjoyed.

Check Out Our Global Spotlight Students of the Month! 

Global Connections Newsletter, May 2018

Newsletter Spring Semester (1)

Global Connections Newsletter, December 2017

Global Connections Volume 1, Issue 1

Japanese Language Circle

Services provided by the OGA:

  • Assist both U.S. and international students in realizing their dreams of studying abroad
  • Provide services related to U.S. immigration regulations
  • Offer international student orientation
  • Provide international student academic advising and support

Global Ambassador Program

The Global Ambassador Program pairs new international students with a Rockford University student who has been on campus for at least one year. Global Ambassadors assist new international students from the time that a student arrives to Rockford University until the end of her or his first year. The goal of this program is for Global Ambassadors to help international students acclimate to the Rockford University campus and U.S. academic system through post-orientation and first year follow up as a peer mentor for the new student.

Ambassador Family Program 

The Ambassador Family Program matches families in the Rockford community with international students. These families help international students by giving them the opportunity have authentic cultural experiences in the area and in their homes. Many students who have participated in this program in past years have shared holidays at their ambassador families’ homes and have attended local area attractions with their family.

Core Values of the Office of Global Affairs

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Enable everyone to have the opportunity to experience traveling abroad.


International Student Forms

Studying abroad was always an initiative I wanted to take in my life. Considering the knowledge, experience and exposure that you gain by studying away from home, always fascinated me to take this step in my life. Studying in the US has proved my decision was right.

Mishaal Shah

Computer Science Major, Saudi Arabia

Rockford University is filled with a heartfelt community that has encouraged and built me education wise,socially and emotionally strong which has made me feel home away from home being that I am an international student.

Maria Naggayi

Accounting Major , Uganda

Contact Information

Sam Bandy, Director

Maria Diemer, Assistant Director of Global Affairs

Julie Griffith, Coordinator of Global Affairs

Deepshikha Shukla, Ph.D., Global Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Physics

Location: Burpee Building, 2nd Floor

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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IFF 2016

International Food Fair

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Rockford, Ill., — International students at Rockford University prepared a wide variety of international dishes for the University’s annual International Food Festival, Saturday, April 21 from 5 to 8 p.m., doors  opened at 4:30 p.m., in Regents Hall, 2nd floor, Burpee Center on the Rockford University Campus located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

Sponsored by Rockford University’s Multicultural Club and the Office of Global Affairs, the International Food Festival featured authentic recipes from over 33 countries like Denmark, Germany, Philippines, Japan, China, Sweden, Turkey, Syria, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mexico and France. Members from the Multicultural Club will prepare foods so that visitors can taste home cooked meals from their countries. International entertainment is also planned so that guests can enjoy traditional song and dance while they eat. Rockford University is currently home to more than 108 international students representing 26 countries.



Would you like to cook one of these dishes we served at home? 

All of the recipes ready to be downloaded.


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Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door for adults. Children are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Contact or call 815-394-5112 for tickets or more information.

Hosted by:
Office of Global Affairs (OGA) & Multicultural Club

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