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


March 2018 - Staff Members Elan Paulson, Director of Professional Education Programs, Faculty of Education and Keith Marnoch, Director of Media and Community Relations are currently abroad on International Staff Exchange opportunities. Follow their blogs to read about their amazing experiences.

Join SIE

Consider getting involved by volunteering on the SIE Working Group or Ambassador Sub Committee.  There is an email sent out to staff in December of every year to request expression of interest if you would like to join the SIE committeee.
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.  

Applications are open for 2018/19 Western Staff International Exchange Program (WSIEP)

WSIEP offers participants the opportunity to broaden their professional perspectives through global job-shadowing experiences at participating host institutions. Applications for travel between May 2018 - April 2019 are now open.  Visit the WSIEP page for a link to the application.

Application are open for 2018/19 Leave For Change Program

Leave for Change offers participants the opportunity to travel to a community, learn, and support a project that the community has identified that they require assistance on.  The Leave for Change committee collaborates with Uniterra to connect Western staff participants of the Leave for Change with a community project.  Visit the Leave for Change page for application information.


Staff International Engagement Blog

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

Visit Previous Staff International Engagement Blog: http://atwestern.typepad.com/staff_international/

Current Opportunities 

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Leave for Change

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Staff Exchange Program

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Alternative Spring Break