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New Class Includes Citizens of 33 Countries, Speakers of 22 Native Languages

The fall is always an exciting time at the Monterey Institute where faculty, staff and returning students welcome a diverse group of new students from all over the world. This year the incoming class includes citizens of 33 countries and speakers of 22 native languages. What they discover during the first week of orientation is that now they all have one important thing in common—they are all citizens of the Monterey Institute community.

8/19 GSIPM Expo to Highlight Immersive Learning, Student Achievements

The Monterey Institute of International Studies will showcase the local and international achievements of its graduating students at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management’s second annual research and consulting projects expo (“GSIPM Expo”) on Friday, August 19.

Summer Intensive Language Program Grows 30 Percent in One Year

The Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) celebrated a very successful summer in 2011, welcoming 152 students to study one of six languages, a 30 percent increase from last year. This year also saw the return of the Japanese program after a six-year hiatus. “This was a great year, with wonderful students and exceptional faculty from 15 countries,” says SILP program director Alicia Brent.

MIIS Board Member David Jones Donates $750,000 to Enhance Fundraising Capacity

The Monterey Institute of International Studies has received a $750,000 gift pledge from David Jones, a member of the MIIS Board of Governors. The gift, payable over three years, is designed specifically to support the school’s efforts to enhance its fundraising operations through the office of Institutional Advancement.

MIIS Alumni to Interpret for Student Envoys from Disaster Area in Japan

Sixteen students from junior high and high schools in areas most affected by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March have been invited by the U.S. government on an official tour to help American teenagers learn about the region and the disaster. Two MIIS alumni, Camellia Nieh (MATI ‘06) and Kayo Shiraishi (MACI ‘08) will be serving as interpreters for the Japanese students as they travel through the U.S.

“Multiply the Good” Challenge Hits First-Year Fundraising Target, Triggering $500,000 Match

The Monterey Institute of International Studies exceeded the $1 million fundraising target established last October under the terms of a challenge commitment from an anonymous donor, triggering a $500,000 matching gift from the donor. Under the terms of the “Multiply the Good” challenge, the Institute will receive $500,000 a year for a total of five years, provided it raises $1 million each year in gifts of $5,000 or more to its annual fund.

Thirty-Seven Fulbright Scholars Prepare for Graduate School in the U.S. at MIIS

Thirty-seven Fulbright scholars from countries ranging from Madagascar to Poland and Panama to Bangladesh have arrived for a three-week intensive course at the Monterey Institute designed to prepare them for graduate studies in the United States. The focus of their studies at MIIS is on academic English, public speaking and other graduate school skills.

MIIS Professor Jan Black Elected to Amnesty International USA Board of Directors

A first generation Peace Corps volunteer in Chile, Monterey Institute professor Jan Knippers Black was propelled early on into human rights work by the danger of disappearance and torture confronting so many of her friends in Latin America. She would go on to pursue human rights in her academic research, including her first single-authored book United States Penetration of Brazil (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1977) now out in Portuguese translation.

Teaching Languages in the Context of Culture

Feasting on Russian blinis and borscht (traditional beet soup), taking a tasting tour of a Mexican supermarket, singing karoake in Chinese, visiting a Japanese cultural fair in Santa Cruz and practicing the Jordanian folk dance Dabke are among the many cultural activities offered to students in the Monterey Institute Summer Intensive Language Programs (SILP).  

MIIS Professor Helps Bring Wonder of Learning Exhibition to Spanish Speaking Audiences

Continuing the long tradition of Monterey Institute faculty, students and staff providing various language services to the people of Monterey County, professor Esther M. Navarro created the audio Spanish translation of a new exhibition at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Her contribution and that of the Monterey Institute of International Studies is recognized with a sign at the entrance to the exhibition.