International Networking WEBINAR

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Join Us!

Why Attend?

This is an interesting opportunity to hear directly from your peers.  They will describe their personal experiences and you might have experienced something similar!  You will meet individuals who have lived extensively outside the United States.  You will learn that many new faculty and staff have funny stories about driving, shopping, and doing many things for the first time in the United States.  This is an opportunity to hear from your peers and share.  Ready to connect?  Register for the session today and we'll see you in October!

Get Connected

Our listserv for international staff and faculty was recently established to provide more connections and build a stronger network.  Click here for details how to subscribe to the MSU International Listserv and all our WorkLife listservs.

We Welcome You

Open to faculty, staff, scholars, post-docs, and those in the graduate school.

You should join by Zoom if you have: 

  • Lived outside the U.S. for an extended period of time before accepting employment at MSU
  • Never lived or worked in the U.S. before
  • Studied in the U.S. but have never worked in the U.S. before
  • Or, if you are a faculty, staff, scholar or post-doc with an international background, no matter how long you've been in the U.S. 

See the Spring 2020 event:


Please download this "New to MSU" guide to get started!  (Requires MSU NetID to access)

What was the most difficult and what was the best experiences you have had during your time in the U.S.?

As you look back upon your experiences at MSU since your arrival, do you feel that your place of origin, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and/or ability/disability or other personal characteristics affected your experiences as a newcomer to MSU? If so, could you describe your experience and how your identity or identities impacted you?

Considering the ways in which people are identified by others and how people choose to identify, how did your identity or identities impact your experience as a new faculty or staff member at MSU?

When you were a newcomer, in your experience - What did you notice, what stood out for you, what helped you, what funny things happened to you, what did you find difficult...?

Talk about the shared experience of those who are formerly “new”-comers. The panelists have experience to offer/share with the participants, which will stimulate questions to the panel from the group.

  • 945a Questions from Attendees
    • We will facilitate an interactive session
  • 1015a Summary
  • 1030a End of Webinar

See you soon!

About Out Panel

Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts

Dr. Barbara Roberts is Executive Director of the WorkLife Office and Senior Advisor to the Provost at MSU, where she also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the College of Education. Dr. Roberts brings to the WorkLife Office her expertise in how individuals participate successfully in university work environments, facilitating a climate where all individuals are respected and supported in their work and personal lives. 

Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Roberts was the Human Rights Officer at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, advising the President on issues of human rights and positive environments in post-secondary education, implementing institutional anti-bullying policies. 

She has a B.A.Hons. (Queen’s University at Kingston), and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (Boston University). Her PhD in Education (Queen's University) used the Canadian legal test questions of discrimination to identify bona fide academic requirements (BFARs) in clinical education. 

Ingmar Pack

Ingmar Pack

Ingmar was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in American Studies from the University of Groningen and the University of Nijmegen, respectively. At Central Michigan University, he earned Master’s degrees in Higher Education Administration and Transnational & Comparative History.

In his role of Program Coordinator (Academic Specialist) in the Visiting International Professional Program, Ingmar focuses on short-term program development & facilitation for international delegations from all sectors that seek impactful professional development at MSU.

He is particularly passionate about facilitating intercultural learning, and previously worked at various other Midwestern institutions on themes of internationalization strategic planning, curricular design, education abroad, and international enrollment management. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and playing soccer.

Matea Čaluk, M.Ed.

Matea Čaluk, M.Ed.

Matea Čaluk is the Assistant Director for the Title IX Prevention, Outreach and Education Department.  Matea came to the United States in the late 90s as a refugee of the Bosnian war. With her family placed in the Lansing area, Matea attended the Lansing School District prior to beginning her studies at Grand Valley State University where she earned her B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership. Over the past decade, Matea has worked at three higher education insitutions in Michigan, primarily concentrating on residential student housing.

As a first generation college student herself, Matea’s passions lie is assisting students with navigating the United States higher education landscape. Matea belives that learning also happens outside of the classroom and strives to create inclusive communities where students and staff can be their authentic selves to part take in dialogue and learning, free of harm and bias. Matea has dedicated her career in lending a voice to cultivate equitable practices and create opportunity for access. Matea enjoys traveling and learning about various cultures; and spending time with her family.  

Dr. Xinyu Wu

Dr. Xinyu Wu

Dr. Wu is responsible for VIPP's long-term development strategy by providing leadership on all key areas including marketing, communication, program and partnership development, and VIPP advancement.

This is Dr. Wu's first appointment in the U.S. after living and working in Europe for almost 25 years (until September 2015). Dr. Wu has extensive experience in International Education and worked as the Director of International Education Centers in a number of universities, including Bangor University and Middlesex University in the UK and the National University of Ireland Maynooth in Ireland.

Dr. Wu is a native Pekinger and trained as a computer scientist. Dr. Wu completed a Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Ulster, UK after obtaining a first-class honors degree in Applied Computing in Wuhan University, China.

Dr. Stefanie Baier

Dr. Stefanie Baier

Dr. Stefanie Baier is the Curriculum Development Director at the Graduate School at Michigan State University. In her role she is in charge of Teaching Assistant (TA) training and supports the professional and career development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Her research interests include student success and retention and the impact of diversity, academic, and psychosocial factors on college outcomes. In her evaluation work she has focused on assessment of professional training and support programs (learning communities, student success and mentoring initiatives), and international student success. Stefanie has teaching experience at the K-9, undergraduate, and graduate level.
Stefanie Baier holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University. She also earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and Religious Studies from the Pädagogische Akademie Graz-Eggenberg, Austria.