y O OIP MISSION STATEMENT The Office of International Programs at James Madison University is committed to the principle that international experiences and perspectives are essential to any undergraduate and graduate education. The mission of the OIP is to promote and encourage a critical awareness of world issues; a knowledge of and appreciation for other cultures, languages and belief systems; a sense of global community; and a commitment to engagement at the international level, that we may educate active and responsible global citizens. To this end, the OIP is committed to providing, supporting and facilitating international experiences for students, faculty and staff at JMU and abroad. Spanish Language and Culture On March 28 and 29, JMU welcomed more than 250 participants from 65 countries and 23 institutions to the 14th Annual International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC). “Know Your Story. Lead with Passion” encouraged students to evaluate their strengths and motivations to fulfill their leadership potential far beyond these two days. f e e r Dual g e D s Master's ' r e t s a M l Degree fo a u D OIP Executive Director Lee Sternberger, president of the International Network of Universities (INU), now in e g Spanish a u g n a L h Language s i n a p S a Dual Master's Degree for Educators Starting in Fall 2015, JMU and the University of Salamanca (USAL) will offer a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Spanish Language and Culture for Educators. During this 18-month program, students spend one summer at JMU, one summer at USAL and three additional academic semesters (fall, spring and fall) in online classes. year three of a three-year stint, will serve another term. This productive year featured two council meetings (one in Malmö, Sweden, pictured here), a new member in South Africa and enthusiastic participation in staff shadowing and student seminars.