DMU Global Health Department hosts Iowa International Education Conference

Joshua V. Barr, Esq., director of the Civil and Human Rights Commission for the City of Des Moines, delivered the conference keynote address.

On Thursday, April 25, 2019, DMU’s Department of Global Health hosted the seventh annual Iowa International Education Conference. It featured as the keynote speaker Joshua V. Barr, Esq., director of the Civil and Human Rights Commission for the city of Des Moines.  Mr. Barr kicked off the conference with his inspiring message, “International Education Takes You Higher.”

The conference featured a poster fair, six exhibitors and 10 concurrent presentation sessions. Approximately 90 people were in attendance, including international educators, exhibitors and students from across the state as well as a few neighboring states. The international educators represented the areas of education abroad, international student and scholar services, international enrollment management, teaching, learning and scholarship and more.

Rebecca Shaw, M.D., and Fiona Hodges, D.O.’20. presented at the poster fair.

Fiona Hodges, D.O.’20, and Rebecca Shaw, M.D., assistant professor in DMU’s osteopathic medicine program, presented their poster, “Zika Virus Knowledge, Health Education, and Contraceptive Use Among Rural Dominican Republic Communities.” The poster was based on research conducted during the Department of Global Health’s service trips to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, in 2016 and 2017.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. Each year NAFSA holds an annual conference, numerous regional conferences and state-level conferences.

Conference hosts: Karla McCollum, director of international affairs at Indian Hills Community College and the Iowa NAFSA representative; Sondra Schreiber, director of global health at DMU; and Jeff Gray, Ph.D., vice president for research and global initiatives at DMU