Western International

Staff International Engagement

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Western is focused on becoming a global leader in international education. As part of this international strategy the Staff International Engagement Working Group (SIE) is developing opportunities for Western staff to participate and lead initiatives that reach beyond our campus.

To encourage global awareness and impact, Western’s staff international engagement group is establishing partnerships with several leading development organizations. We invite you investigate how to become involved and share your talents aimed at benefiting society and increasing our collective global awareness.

As new international opportunities are developed for staff engagement they will be posted on this website. If you have questions/suggestions regarding staff international engagement please contact:

Melissa Ostrowski
SIE Co-Chair

Lesley Oliver
SIE Co-Chair


Invitation to Join SIE

Consider getting involved by volunteering for one of the vacancies on the SIE Working Group or Ambassador Sub Committee. 
SIE Working Group    
In addition to the one-hour monthly meetings, SIE members are expected to participate in an SIE sub committee. This may involve reviewing applications and interviewing staff members for the Leave for Change or Western Staff International Exchange Program, or representing SIE at various campus events such as International Week and Staff Conference Week.  
Ambassador Sub-Committee    
The Ambassador Sub Committee also meets monthly to explore and offer broader opportunities for staff to develop as global citizens, such as the Internationally-themed lunches. Ambassadors are also expected to participate in spreading the word about various SIE initiatives to their colleagues.  

Expressions of interest for volunteers are being accepted until December 19, 2017 at sie@uwo.ca. Selection of members will be based on evidence of leadership capability, interest in Western's international mandate, and capacity to liaise successfully with the University staff community. Please note in your expression of interest if you are interested in the SIE Working Group and Ambassador Sub-Committee, or just one. 

Applications now closed for 2016/17 Western Staff International Exchange

WSIEP offers participants the opportunity to broaden their professional perspectives through global job-shadowing experiences at participating host institutions. Applications for travel during the time until April 2017 are now closed.

Candidates selected for the 2016/17 Leave For Change Program

Congratulations to Lori Dengler, Postgraduate Education Coordinator, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Sylvia Kontra, Graduate Affairs Assistant in Modern Languages and Literatures on their selection to represent Western in the 2016/17 Leave for Change Program (L4C). Both Lori and Syliva have travelled to Vietnam for their L4C placements.

Staff International Engagement Blog

Follow the travels of our L4C and Staff Exchange participants on the Staff International Blog.

Current Opportunities 

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Leave for Change

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Staff Exchange Program

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Alternative Spring Break