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International Activities Planning Commission
Meeting Minutes
January 21, 1999


Attendees: Brantly Womack, Chair, Julian Bivins, Jr, Gordon Burris, Kandioura Drame, Janet Horne, Herbert Braun, Robert Conroy, Nathaniel Howell, William Jackson, Denise Karaoli, Allen Lynch, Thomas Massaro, Robert Johnson, David Larue, Courtland Lee, David Martin, Farzaneh, Milani, Barbara Nolan, Duane Osheim, Len Schoppa, William Quandt,
Theo Van Groll, John Woodworth, Desiree Yang

Also in Attendance: Joseph Cronin, Wen Kosumas, Chris Roper

Meeting Summary:

This was the Commission's first meeting. Chair Brantly Womack began the meeting by outlining the nature of the Commission's work. He discussed three aspects of the Commission's general objectives: 1) developing an "all-University consciouness" about international initiatives, 2) conducting a review of the organization of international activities at other universities, and 3) facilitating a general discussion among universities about challenges and best practices related to internationalization. By the end of this semster the goal is to have developed a scope and general ideas related to internationalization, ending with a general international mission statement for the University. The goal for next year is the pratical development of ideas and initiatives. The remainder of the meeting consisted of a general discussion of five categories of internantional activities identified by Womack: 1) encouragement of the international activities of UVA students and scholars, 2) enriching international education at UVA, 3) support for foreign students and scholars, 4) developing programs and policies for international institutional contacts and projects, and 5) creating an appropriate institutional framework for the coordination and encouragement of international activities.

Discussion Topics:

What is UVA's international vision?
How do we move international activities at UVA from the periphery to the mainstream?
Encouraging international activities of UVA students and scholars
Enriching international education at UVA
Support for foreign students and scholars
Developing programs and policies for international institutional contacts and projects
Creation of an appropraite institutional framework for the coordination and encouragement of international activities

Pending Action Items:

By the next Commission meeting, members should rank their preferences for one of five small work units based on the five categories of international activities discussed at the meeting. These work units will carry on the Commission's work in the periods between plenary meetings.

Next Commission Meeting: Thursday February 11, 8:30-10:00,
Newcomb Hall 389

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