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Celebrating 58 years as an organization this year, the Peace Corps hosted a variety of events on campus at CSULB throughout 2019.

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​Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand is home to a diverse group of border-crossing workers from other regions of Asia, many of whom are classified as stateless—unable to vote, buy land, travel freely, or seek work like official Thai citizens can. But children in these communities still need an education, and CSULB instructor Rick Opland has been bringing groups of study abroad students to the area to lend a helping hand.

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​When he’s not in his office on campus, CCPE Dean Jeet Joshee is often catching a plane and heading off to other countries in his dual role as the Associate Vice President of International Education and Global Engagement. As part of his mission to spread awareness of CSULB’s international programs, Joshee spent nearly two weeks in May on a multi-purpose trip to China and Nepal. In addition to sharing educational program information with prospective international students, he also met with university partners, government officials, and media outlets to help expand CSULB’s global network of communities.

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Designing brands for today’s global market place demands a particular set of skills. Since 2016, CSULB professor Tor Hovind and his counterpart Sven Vogel—from Germany’s Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW)—have worked across continents to train students in brand development. In July, their collaboration continued during the two-week International Brand Design Summer Workshop at HAW, where over 40 students from both universities engaged in research and developed design prototypes.

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PHOTO: U.S. delegation celebrates Nauryz with senior administrators of Satbayev Kazakhstan National Research Technical University in Almaty.

CCPE Associate Dean and Executive Director for International Programs, Terrence Graham, traveled to Kazakhstan in April for the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Coaching Program. The Central Asian country is seeking to align their higher education efforts with American practices, and the trip was funded by the U.S. State Department to foster connections between U.S. and Kazakhstani universities.

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Rai Som Group_600.jpgPHOTO: Thirteen CSULB Study Abroad students and instructor Rick Opland visiting the Rai Som School for Stateless Children in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they helped the nonprofit Mirror Foundation to improve the school

Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand became the center of worldwide attention this past summer, when members of a youth soccer team were rescued from a flooded cave. Since the region is home to a multi-ethnic mix of recently arrived migrants and refugees, several members of the team gained additional attention for being stateless—unable to vote, buy land, travel freely, or seek work.

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