CIES Weekly News, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2021


  • First Year Students: We want to meet you! Schedule a brief 15 minute meeting with Wintlett, Josh, or Clara to check-in and learn more about how CIES can support you!
  • Scholarship available for study abroad! The Jeff Zimpleman Study Abroad scholarships are available for students who have been a resident of Iowa for at least 5 years and who would like to study abroad in one of our 9 Sister States. These include: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, Yucatan, Mexico, Hebei Province, PRC, Terengganu, Malaysia, Stavropol Krai, Russia, Taiwan, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine, Veneto Region, Italy, and The Republic of Kosovo. Find more information here! Click here to apply now!
  • If you are looking for a study abroad opportunity to one of our Sister States, we have several opportunities from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the US to travel to Kosovo to RIT Kosovo as well as 5 other Balkin countries over the summer for a 5 week accredited program or for degree programs. The Zimpleman Scholarship, mentioned above, can be used for the travel expenses and some extra excursions and expenses as well as Rochester Institute of Technology offers some scholarship opportunities. The program is a Peace and Conflict studies summer program which would work for a number of different majors. This is a terrific opportunity for many areas of study. Iowa Sister States is personally in contact with RIT-Kosovo and can help you get into contact with them for more information.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Iowa Sister States for any questions. We hope you can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! Find more information about the summer program here!
  • The Organization of American States (OAS) -through the Rowe Fund program- offers financial aid to international students (F or J visa holders) from Latin America and Caribbean countries currently enrolled at accredited universities in the United States. This supplementary financial aid is intended to pay a portion of their tuition or living expenses. Applications are received and considered on a monthly basis. The deadline to apply for 2021 is November 15th. Find more information here!
  • The Office for College Ministries is seeking students that would be interested in serving as conversation partners about multifaith engagement and support at Luther. College Ministries supports the campus community in its diversity of faith traditions and spiritual commitments. If you are interested in these sorts of conversations, please email [email protected] or fill out this google form.
  • Call for Projects for Peace Proposals! The Projects for Peace program encourages students to develop innovative, community-centered, and scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. If selected, students/student groups receive $10,000 to carry out their project during Summer 2022. Along the way, students increase their knowledge, improve skills, and establish identities as peacebuilders and changemakers. Compelling past projects have addressed one or more of the following: contributing to conflict prevention; ameliorating conditions leading to violence and conflict; building on shared attributes among differing groups; fostering diplomacy; promoting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship; finding creative ways to bring people together to promote common humanity; and starting/leveraging community initiatives or infrastructure projects to rebuild communities. Interested in learning more? Contact Jon Lund, [email protected], to discuss the proposal process, budget development, and timeframe. Proposals are due January 17, 2022.


  • The International Students and Allies Association is excited to announce that the annual ISAA Fashion Show will be held on the 13th of November 2021 in the CFL! We are currently seeking students who would like to participate as either a model, designer, by performing, or by helping with logistics. If you are interested please fill out this form and we will follow up with more information.
  • Moving Beyond Land Acknowledgements and Token Representations Virtual Event will be held Thurs., Nov. 11th from 3-4pm. Find the link for more information and tickets here! Students/student groups wishing to take advantage of any of these programs should contact CIES for sponsorship. More and more, universities, organizations, and companies are drafting and implementing Indigenous land acknowledgement statements and media makers are hoping to incorporate Native representations into their work. But how do we make sure that these attempts at recognition and representation don't stop at check-boxes or symbolic work, or become token inclusion without meaningful change? In this powerful virtual event, scholar, writer, and cultural critic, Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation), will discuss the history and context of these current movements and examine case studies of how to move beyond the token or symbolic and into deeper, sustainable change.
  • Join Asian Films Mini Series with Professor Gereon Kopf! Wednesday, 11/03, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Olin 102: "This Corner of the World": Sunao Katabuchi's anime about an 18 year old woman who tries to make ends meet in Hiroshima in 1945.