Approximately 50 faculty and staff members gathered at the AASCU offices in Washington, DC on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 for the American Democracy Project’s 2013 Global Challenges Institute: Educating Globally Competent Citizens. The Global Engagement Scholars presented the Institute, joined by Mike Jeffress, Director of Global and Emerging Issues for the National Intelligence Council’s Strategic Futures Group, and Chris Mooney, a climate change science journalist. Students from three Global Engagement Initiative campuses — Fort Hays State University (Kans.), California State University Fresno and Kennesaw State University (Ga.) — joined the Institute on a panel moderated by Global Engagement Scholar Ken Hill to talk about their experiences in Global Challenges courses.
Institute participants engaged in conversations about how best to educate globally competent citizens and grappled with content and teaching materials related to the global challenges curriculum.They had this to say about the institute:
- This [institute] has been exhilarating and has inspired me as an individual teacher and as a member of the team promoting internationalization on campus.
- Thank you for a great conference. It was well organized and stimulating discussion. What a great introduction to this area for a newbie like myself. I hope to come back after implementing/sharing some of these ideas at my school.
- I am teaching a new intro to global studies [course] and plan to construct it using the seven challenges.
- I think this institute was most valuable. It includes the most important challenges students will face in their adult lives. The presentations were comprehensive and illustrated very well how to integrate, embed global issues in a course or how to develop a course focusing on these. I fell energized and enthusiastic about discussing the ideas presenting during the institute with my dean and colleagues. Thank you.
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ADP’s Global Engagement Scholars will offer a modified two-part Global Challenges Institute as a pre-conference workshop on Thursday, June 5, 2014 as part of the ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
Copies of the Educating Globally Competent Citizens Toolkit (2nd Ed.) and the Global Challenges Student Guide – which were free to Institute participants – are available for purchase on AASCU’s Online Bookstore.