• International students, students who are recent immigrants, students who identify strongly as belonging to a racial or ethnic culture within the United States as a central and numerical significant part of the study body – all you have to do is look around our campus to see that is true at Penn State Abington and our demographics prove it!
• Faculty, and students, participating in international conferences. Over Thanksgiving break we will have two faculty and two students traveling to Havana, Cuba to attend an international women’s conference. After the conference there will be an exciting exhibition in our gallery – stay tuned for more information!
• Faculty development around these issues, such as our Global Awareness Dialog Project
• Hosting students from other countries:
- In late August and early September we hosted a group of students from Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan who were here on an English Language learning experience.
- In September we hosted a group of students from Hof University in Germany for an international case competition.
We’ve been out talking to others and spreading the word about what we do here. The University Park Office of Global Program hosted the Global Penn State Conference: Internationalizing the Campus, College and Classroom. Presenters from Penn State Abington included Paula Smith, Dolores Arevalo, Jean McKay, Maximilian Walter, Gary Calore and Carla Chamberlin-Quinlisk. A group of us traveled to Providence, R.I. in October to present at the Association for American Colleges and Universities’ conference, Global Learning in College” Asking Big Questions, Engaging Urgent Challenges. Our panel entitled “Drawing on our Strengths and Pushing Boundaries: Global Learning at One College.” Presenters included myself, Yvonne Murphy Love, Karen Bettez Halnon, Dolores Arevalo and Paula Smith. Rosa Chism also attended the conference with us.
We need to remember that the globe includes the U.S. – so global education is about us all! There are courses with a travel component available this summer – deposits are due ASAP! There is the alternative spring break in Washington, D.C. We will be hosting a group of students from England in April. And more in the planning stages!
We have so many global happenings I can’t keep up with them all. We had yet another faculty member presenting at the Penn State Global Conference. Roxanna Sensyshyn presented about a project she implemented last fall to cultivate global learning on our campus, allowing international and non-international students engage in cultural exchange and learning. Here is the link about this project.
Global happenings are all around us!