Taking a global perspective requires attention to language and assumptions like this. Another example is "First name, Last name" -- we might need to consider terms like "Family name" and "Given name" on forms and etc.
We should probably be using the term "family" instead of "parent" almost all the time.
Most of us can use some training/development in this area. Do we have experts internally that we can leverage?
Comment 8: New Position #1 - Career Development
Could this person be housed/officed at an EU center or even (gasp) overseas?
What are the qualifications? U.S. citizen? Or global citizen?
Comment 9: Outside speakers
I support increasing the funding to bring external speakers to UIU locations (as Sheila Miller suggested). It's important to open up to new ideas and new people.
But I also know that within UIU (RU, EU, International) there are some dynamic and interesting speakers. These include students, faculty and staff who are doing all kinds of interesting things. I would like to see some funding for honoraria and logistics (refreshments are good, too) so that UIU can get to know its own "shining stars" from around the globe.
Comment 10: One-stop center for student academic needs
How will this help EU or International students? All of these functions are potentially needed across the entire university. Will there be video conferencing from desktops? 24x7 tutoring and writing assistance?