DEI Considerations for International Students In and Out of the Classroom

Thursday, September 14, 2023
11:40 AM - 12:55 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


Late arrival and/or early exit from the workshop invalidates receiving credit. 



International students who pursue degrees at USC bring a wealth of cultural experience to campus, enriching the wider student body with access to broader perspectives and preparing them for a global workforce. They also experience challenges when relocating to the US, navigating cultural differences, acclimating to the unique features of US higher education, and managing linguistic challenges. This presentation will outline diversity, equity, and inclusion issues that are relevant to our international student population. Attendees will learn about the resources on campus that international students have found critical for meeting their unique needs and assisting with their integration within our community.

This is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.


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Christopher Reid
Interim Director
International Student Services
Global Carolina

Christopher Reid has extensive experience working with internationals both domestically and abroad starting with his involvement with the resettled refugee community here in Columbia. After earning his Masters in Social Work in 2009, Reid worked as a DSO and student advisor in the office of International Student Services here at USC until the fall of 2011. From 2012-2015, he lived in Tanzania doing grassroots development work with women's cooperatives, youth groups, and various local organizations. In 2015, he returned to USC in his current role, where he oversees the student services for USC's intensive English program (EPI) as well as supporting Global Carolina programming aimed at integrating international students into the university community. He is currently serving as the Interim Director of International Student Services.

Sherry Warren
Academic Director
International Accelerator Program
Global Carolina

Sherry Warren has been working with international students and instructors of international students for over two decades in a variety of roles. She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2012, specializing in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching and her professional roles and research interests center around international student success in higher education. She leads curriculum and the academic program for the International Accelerator Program, which is USC's first-year program for international students, combining socio-cultural and language support. As a consulting faculty member in the Linguistics Program, she trains teachers in second language instructional strategies, curriculum development and student support. She has presented locally, nationally and internationally on English for Academic and Specific Purposes curriculum design, early intervention for international students, international student advising, in-class and beyond the classroom international student support and pathway program design.