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International Initiatives

SUNY Buffalo State International Initiatives

The Maurene Callahan Bouras Center for Global Engagement promotes and encourages a vibrant international campus culture. We recognize and support the efforts of our colleagues to provide a variety of programs and activities that integrate an international dimension into student, faculty, and staff learning, discovery, and engagement. Together we prepare students for diverse professions, while emphasizing informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service to impact an ever-changing global society.  

Anne Frank Rwanda

Anne Frank Project

The Anne Frank Project uses the power of stories as vehicles for community building, conflict management, and identity exploration. Inspired by the wisdom of Anne Frank, AFP surfaces, develops, and shares stories stifled by oppression. It's highly effective, story-driven approach to teaching and learning is presented through Teacher Trainings, Performances, an annual Social Justice Festival, an annual Cultural Immersion in Rwanda, and Workshops for K-12 through higher education arenas.


Center for China Studies

The mission of the Center for China Studies at Buffalo State is to promote and coordinate research, scholarly exchanges, academic programs, and economic development with China. Center activities will advance the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of students, faculty, staff, and the general community in Western New York by providing an international perspective regarding China in the context of an ever-changing and diverse world. The Center's goal is to provide Buffalo State and the Western New York community with enriched opportunities for cultural, academic, and economic development by facilitating collaborative programs in China

Civic and Community Engagement

The Civic and Community Engagement Office supports faculty and students interested in conducting international community-engaged learning and volunteerism and provides a scholarship in support of student international travel focused on community-engaged learning and volunteerism.  


Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) connects students and professors in different countries for collaborative projects and discussions as part of their coursework. COIL collaborations between students and professors provide meaningful, significant opportunities for global experiences built into programs of study. COIL enhances intercultural student interaction through proven approaches to meaningful online engagement, while providing universities a cost-effective way to ensure that their students are globally engaged. The SUNY COIL Center pioneered the COIL model more than 15 years ago and has been helping professors and institutions realize the power of COIL ever since. Buffalo State is a member of the SUNY COIL network. If you are interested in implementing COIL components into your courses or designing a new COIL course, get connected to professional development opportunities and a network of potential partners abroad our office will assist you.  To find out about our active list of more than 150 professors from institutions abroad who are interested in collaborating with us, contact Director Joy Guarino.

Columbia Cohort

International Graduate Programs for Educators

IGPE facilitates accredited, high-quality graduate coursework and professional development to teachers and administrators in international schools. We are committed to promoting and supporting international education by fostering global collaboration, inviting divergent perspectives, and celebrating diversity in its many forms and contexts. All IGPE endeavors are developed and intended to make positive contributions to teaching and learning processes, and in doing so, make the world a better place through education.

Model EU 2022

Institute for European Union Studies at SUNY

The SUNY Model European Union

Dr. Laurie Buonanno directs the Institute for European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS), which is affiliated with the SUNY Office of Global Affairs and is located on Buffalo State's campus.  The IEUSS partners with Buffalo State to organize the SUNY Model European Union, which takes place each spring semester at Buffalo State during even years at the SUNY Global Center during odd years.  SUNYMEU is an intercollegiate simulation of a European Council summit with participation of approximately 125 undergraduate and graduate students from private and public universities in New York State, Canada, some other states, and from European universities.  Students take roles as heads of government, ministers, and permanent representatives of the EU’s 27 member states, the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council, the SUNYMEU Press Corps, the EU’s High Representative (Foreign Minister), and the President of the European Council. 


Nancy and Michael Chicola International Professional Development Schools Consortium

Through support and donations through the Chicola family, Buffalo State Teacher Candidates have unique opportunities to experience classrooms and schools around the United States and the world. Our International Professional Development Schools (IPDS) consortium provides short-term, faculty-led programs that bring students into classrooms abroad. Each participant globalizes their understanding and experience of education by studying about and traveling to an international destination to interact with members of a partner university or organization and work side-by-side with teachers and schools.


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Maurene Callahan Bouras Center for Global Engagement

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Twin Rise South Wing 410 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5331