Professor Helps International Students Feel at Home

As more international students come to the United States for college degrees, universities must find ways to make these students feel at home. Each quarter, in the MGT545 Leadership and Team Development class at Sullivan University, Dr. Terry Kibiloski has students submit a photo. He then creates a photo page that shows the names and photos of all the students. During the first face-to-face class, Dr. Kibiloski has all students introduce themselves, including their place of origin, current job position, and current residence. The photos and introductions have provided such a sense of community amongst the students to the point they have created a Facebook page for the course, shared personal contact information, and created LinkedIn connections. This sense of community is then strengthened during the Diversity section, where students share stories of their struggles in the workplace, focusing on how their cultural differences have been challenged and celebrated. Dr. Kibiloski also uses the movie Outsourced in his leadership class, which shows the cultural challenges of an American manager in India. This creates a great platform of discussion to show the diversity and cultural challenges from many perspectives.

About the Author:

Dr. Terry Kibiloski has been teaching at Sullivan University since 1991. He served as the director of Computer Science and the Technology liaison chair, and is now a professor in the College of Business Administration. Dr. Kibiloski is a retired U. S. Air Force officer with over 20 years operational and management computer experience. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and was a winner in the Microsoft Innovators in Higher Education Challenge competition. He has also successfully passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and is a Certified Data Processor (CDP). Dr. Kibiloski is editor/owner of Computer Times, America’s Greatest Computer Journal.

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