Speaker Biographies

Please review our speaker biographies before beginning the request process.

Making a Request

You may request a speaker in one of two ways:

  1. The online request system is the fastest and simplest way to request an ICSP speaker. Create a log-in name and password and tell us about your group or activity. A speaker will be assigned to you or we will get back to you with questions about the best fit for your needs. You may request a specific speaker after reading the student biographies or simply request any available speaker.
  2. You can also fill out a request form (PDF) and we will match you with an available student, or you may select the student that best suits your needs from the speaker biographies. After choosing a speaker, complete and mail/fax it to the ICSP office. If the request is for an off-campus presentation requiring transport, please be sure to include information on the driver to pick the students up. Most students do not own a car and therefore will require transportation to be arranged by the requester.

Availability

International students are generally NOT available during the following periods:

  • Thanksgiving: November 26-27, 2015
  • Final Exams and Winter Break: December 7, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Finals Exams and Spring Break: March 14, 2016 - March 27, 2016
  • Finals Week and Summer Break: June 6, 2016 - September 20, 2016

Before the Presentation

Arrange Transportation for the Student

Unless the student you requested volunteers to drive himself/herself, please arrange transportation for him/her. For the safety of the students, we require that the person providing transportation holds a valid Oregon driver's license. You will need to provide the driver's name, driver's Oregon driver's license number, and driver's license expiration date when you submit the request form.

Preparing for an ICSP Guest

  • Determine what topics you want the ICSP student to discuss. Specifying family life, environment, religion, holidays, celebrations, political system, education, changing traditions, etc. provides a focus for the student's preparation. Request students early in the term to insure availability.
  • In order to make the ICSP visit as meaningful and accessible as possible for the guest speaker and audience, K-12 classes should have no more than 40 (and preferably fewer) students.
  • Consider inviting several speakers from the same country or region to give your students a deeper understanding and broader perspective.
  • If a parent volunteer or staff member arranges a student visit, make sure that each teacher knows what topics have already been decided upon and, therefore, what to expect of the ICSP presentation. Also, please make sure that substitutes and any other teachers involved know what has been prearranged (pick-up time, topics to be addressed, time frame, etc.)
  • Have the necessary audio-visual equipment set up and in working order. (A malfunctioning slide projector can waste precious time.) Arrange a display table for artifacts and cultural items.
  • Arrange transportation for the ICSP guest to and from the University (see page 1 for pick-up location.) School staff, retired educators, and parent volunteers might help drive.
  • Even though each student has been carefully screened and chosen for the ICSP, they are not teachers and, therefore, should be expected to give no more than two talks in a row.
  • If several talks are scheduled, please see that the student is given a short break and water.
  • If ICSP students speak to several classes, it is best to have the school children change rooms so that display items already set up do not have to be moved. Having to move and set up twice cuts into the limited time set aside for the guest speaker.
  • When scheduling for an International Day or Fair, ICSP students have observed that more than three presentation times leaves an audience tired and bored during the last rotations.
  • Please stay in the classroom, or make sure that a responsible adult is present, to discipline when necessary. Showing an active interest in the guest speaker helps make the ICSP student feel welcome.
  • If possible, debrief your students after the presentation to assess the impact of the international speaker and re-enforce lesson goals. ICSP guest speakers are delighted to receive thank you cards from students.
  • Please complete and return the evaluation form after the talk. Constructive comments let the international guest know what aspects of the talk were most valuable and what might be improved.

After the Presentation

Arrange for the student to be taken back to campus or any other location agreed upon. Please provide feedback in the form of an Evaluation.

Feedback can be submitted in one of two forms:

  1. If you made a request on the database, you may log-in and fill out a request electronically. Simple and quick!
  2. If you are unable to fill out an electronic evaluation, you may fill out a student evaluation form and email, mail, or fax it to the ICSP office (contact info). Your suggestions and comments are very valuable to the program.