International

InternationalThe International Focus Area is supported by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE), Office of International Services (OIS), and schools. The table below identifies the RTF focus area status of each recommendation or decision followed by a membership roster including the primary and deputy focus area leader. The following initiatives have been approved by senior leadership to move forward as part of the COVID-19 Recovery process.

International Video Update

Research and Service Delivery at International Sites

In Progress

DescriptionDate ApprovedExpected Completion
  • Work with Research Advisory Committee, UMB Office of Accountability and Compliance, and UMB IRB to clarify parameters around international research and service delivery.
6/12/2020  

UMB-related Student Travel Outbound from U.S.

In Progress

Description Date ApprovedExpected Completion

• (Short-term recommendation) Immediately announce cancellation of UMB student travel to international sites for research, study, externship, training, or clinical experiences (both for credit and not for credit) for fall 2020 through Jan. 25, 2021  the start of spring semester 2021 (i.e. no winter break UMB-related student travel).

• (Mid-term recommendation) Announce that UMB will make a decision (subject to change based on circumstances) re: UMB-related student international travel for spring semester 2021 on Oct. 1, 2020.

• (Mid-term recommendation) Announce that UMB will make a decision (subject to change based on circumstances) re: UMB-related student international travel for summer semester 2021 on Feb. 1, 2021 (if travel did not resume in spring 2021).

• (Mid-term recommendation) Develop a worksheet with questions and criteria to help schools and programs determine if an international site is appropriate for UMB-related student international travel until the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly reduced or manageable. Center for Global Engagement to take lead.

6/12/2020 2021

International Travel

In Progress

 

DescriptionDate ApprovedExpected Completion
• Permit international travel for faculty and staff under limited circumstances with a signed risk acknowledgment form (to be developed by 8/1/20) and permission of the appropriate vice president or dean.
• Permit international travel students under limited circumstances for whom travel is required to complete their program of study and permission of the appropriate dean (may be dean of Graduate School and relevant school dean).
• Each dean will designate an international travel point person and one or two backups, to act as first contact for international emergencies and to serve on the UMB International Travel committee. (by 7/1/20)
• Establish guidelines for essential travel and criteria for approving/denying such travel. (by 8/15/20)
• Create an essential travel justification form for travelers to complete prior to requesting international travel approval. (by 8/15/20)
• Require all UMB international travelers to book international travel through a UMB-approved travel agent. (by 9/1/20)
• Require all UMB international travelers to have an International SOS phone briefing PRIOR to requesting travel. (by 8/15/20)
• Update the UMB travel request form to include these recommendations. (Target date: 1/1/21)
• Clarify HR policies on isolation/quarantine restrictions both upon returning to the U.S. and when traveling to another country (i.e. in the destination country). Work from home is permitted or required for two weeks upon return to the U.S. from abroad. Will UMB cover costs related to isolation/quarantine restrictions in another country if applicable? Industry standard is to do so, and the task force recommends UMB do so as well. (Target date: 8/15/20)
• Create a UMB international travel webpage. (Target date: 9/1/20)
6/12/2020

Mostly completed by 9/1/2020.

Full completion by January 2021.

International Students Admitted for 2020-2021 Academic Year

In Progress

DescriptionDate ApprovedExpected Completion
 • School admissions offices should work one-on-one with their admitted international students to help them decide whether to enroll in courses online or defer their admission.
• Schools and programs should identify a date after which they will not accept late arrivals.
• Faculty should be encouraged and supported to use virtual instructional strategies as much as possible to account for students in multiple time zones and differential access to internet.
6/12/2020  

International Postdoctoral Fellows

In Progress

DescriptionDate ApprovedExpected Completion

• Provost to send out communication to PIs clarifying that they might not be able to recruit international postdocs who are presently outside the U.S. and recommend that they focus their recruitment efforts to individuals who are currently in the U.S. <– approved by CMAG if the following sentiment is added: when U.S. government policy changes with regards to approving or processing work authorizations, UMB will revisit this issue
6/12/2020  

To extend the five-year limit on postdocs

In Progress

DescriptionDate ApprovedExpected Completion
  • UMB will allow narrow case-by-case exceptions to be made to the five-year postdoc limit if the exception is due to COVID-19-related circumstances. Such exception must be authorized by the dean, with notification of that decision sent to the provost.
6/24/2020 Ongoing

Focus Area Roster

Primary Focus Area Leader

Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM
Associate Vice President, Center for Global Engagement
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Deputy Focus Area Leader

Amy Ramirez, MA
Director, Office of International Services
Center for Global Engagement
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Focus Area Members

Bonnie Bissonette, Ed.D.
Director of Education Abroad and International Safety
Center for Global Engagement
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Renee Cockerham, Ph.D.
Program Manager of Postdoctoral Scholars
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Sarah Dababnah, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Social Work

Gina Dreyer, MA
Assistant Director of International Services
Center for Global Engagement
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Crystal Edwards, JD, MA 
Assistant Dean of Academic Administration
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Jennifer Flinn, MA
Executive Director of International Affiliate Support
Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation

Erin Golembewski, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean
University of Maryland Graduate School

Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Student Affairs
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Caroline Long, LCSW-C, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Global Initiatives
University of Maryland School of Social Work

Kate Noonan, PhD
Senior Director of Special Projects for the Dean
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, FNAP, FAAN
Assistant Professor and Department Chair of PPEP
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Dennis Paffrath, MBA 
Associate Vice President of Research
Sponsored Programs Administration
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Isabelita Rambob, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Behavioral Dentistry Course
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Nakiya Schurman, MSW
Academic Advisor
School of Social Work

Kristen Stafford, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Associate Director of CIHEB
Director of Clinical Research Education Programs of Epidemiology and Public Health
Institute of Human Virology

Mili Tapia, MD 
Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Tonya Webb, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Legal Advisors

Susan Gillette, JD 
Vice President and General Counsel
Office of University Counsel
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Allison Levin, JD 
Staff Attorney
Office of University Counsel
University of Maryland, Baltimore