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2019 Global Engagement Survey (GES)

By Nora Pillard Reynolds 2019 Global Engagement Survey – Full Report Appendix  Executive Summary The Global Engagement Survey (GES) is a multi-institutional assessment tool that employs quantitative and qualitative methods to better understand relationships among program variables and student learning, specifically in respect to global learning goals identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U, 2014). The GES is composed of eight scales to assess cultural humility, civic engagement, and critical reflection. Global learning is conceptually large. Indeed, its three constituent parts also represent broad and sometimes nebulous ideas that often feel difficult to measure. Drawing on existing…

Indigenous Voices in Pedagogical Materials: Zapotec Number Systems and Indigenous Epistemologies, Post 2

February 25, 2020 Xóchitl M. Flores-Marcial xochitl.floresmarcial@csun.edu @xochizin  This is the second in a series of monthly blog posts by participants in the 2019 ACLS Digital Extension Grant project “Ticha: advancing community-engaged digital scholarship” (PI Lillehaugen) published on GlobalSL and Ticha. Ticha facilitates content which has been contextualized with the input of diverse perspectives including those of the members of the Ticha team, additional Zapotec community members, and students. Together, with funding from ACLS, the Ticha project is creating teaching materials , such as the unit on the Zapotec number system which two members of the team introduced in college…

Learning at Western University

On November 14-15, 2019, Western University (London, Ontario) hosted representatives from the Globalsl Network and Amizade to facilitate workshops on Fair Trade Learning. Professor Sandra Smeltzer, Faculty of Information and Media Studies & Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, drew support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant and collaborated with Careers & Experience and their Experiential Learning team to bring the workshops to fruition.  The two workshops drew over 85 participants representing Western University faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and community organization partners.  The workshop on day one,  Introducing Fair…

What we Discussed: Discerning our Mission and Critical, Anti-Colonial(?) Commitments

Following significant discernment and eight years of accomplishments, The Globalsl Network settled on an updated mission statement, “to advance ethical, critical, and aspirationally decolonial community-based learning and research for more just, inclusive, and sustainable communities.” Recently, colleagues from around the world gathered to discuss  how that can become tractable. The discussion, conducted in the open, discursive spirit characteristic of the Globalsl Network, is below.  It begins with an overview, before plunging into sustained discussion of the mission and consideration of the utility of a Fair Trade Learning Self Assessment as part of moving that mission forward.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSltfl5068k&t=10s

Long awaited beginnings; Ticha: advancing community-engaged digital scholarship, Post 1

Brook Danielle Lillehaugen blilleha@haverford.edu @blillehaugen This is the first in a series of monthly blog posts by participants in the 2019 ACLS Digital Extension Grant project “Ticha: advancing community-engaged digital scholarship” (PI Lillehaugen). Our ACLS grant officially started Dec 31, 2019 and this first month has been full of conversations, writing, outreach, and activity. In reflecting on the energy behind this month, the timeline of this kind of work seems relevant. While we have “just begun”, this is work that has been in motion for several years, as the capacity to undertake this current project developed. This first month’s endeavors…

What does it mean to be committed to “ethical, critical, aspirationally de-colonial community-based learning and research?”

Following significant discernment and eight years of accomplishments, The Globalsl Network settled on an updated mission statement, “to advance ethical, critical, and aspirationally decolonial community-based learning and research for more just, inclusive, and sustainable communities.” How does that become tractable?  In the months since Globalsl Network members gathered at Clemson University for the 6th GSL Summit, steering committee members have developed a commitment statement for institutions and organizations (re-)committing to globalsl membership. Review the commitment statement below and linked here with opportunity for comment via Google Doc. On Thursday, February 6, from 2:30 – 4:00 pm EST, members of the…

3 MLK Day Pushes: Not Service, but Transformation; Fighting Global Oppression; Deepening Interconnection

On MLK Day, remember (and read more at the links): MLK worked for transformation, not for service. “On MLK Day, Americans will be encouraged to volunteer in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Inevitably, one sentence from King’s final sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct,” will be shared: “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Many volunteers will complete the day believing the quote refers to annual volunteering. But the sermon was about a much larger challenge: finding one’s role within organizations and movements dedicated to the long struggle for justice.” – More. MLK’s travels helped him understand and form alliances to…

Local Challenges always Involve Global Processes: A Brief Guide to Fostering Global Citizenship During Courses, Travel Programs, or Alternative Breaks

Global citizenship sometimes comes off as a heady, unrealistic aspiration. But there are global citizenship efforts underway all around the world, coming from diverse communities and traditions. And updating our civic lenses to actually embrace our human and ecological interdependencies will only help us address our shared challenges close to home and farther afield. So what is global citizenship, and how does it apply to alternative spring breaks and domestic community engagement?  Global citizenship is a commitment to fundamental human dignity, couched in a critically reflective understanding of historic and contemporary systems of oppression, along with acknowledgment of positionality within…

GSL 6: Sessions & posters

See the Summit overview and Full Program. Pre-summit workshop: Community-based Global Learning 101: Pedagogy and Partnerships Balu Balasubramaniam (Founder SVYM & GRAAM, Mysuru, India), Jessica Friedrichs (Associate Professor, Carlow University), Richard Kiely (Senior Fellow, Cornell University) CS2 | Challenges of Community Partners in Hosting Service- Learning Practice: a Local Perspective Vinay Kariappa, Center for Centre for Social Action, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India CS4 | The Global Engagement Survey: Assessing Cultural Humility, Global Citizenship, and Critical Reflection Nora Pillard Reynolds, Globalsl Network & Haverford College/ Benjamin J. Lough, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/ Cynthia Toms, Westmont College/ Jessica…

Flights of Peril and Privilege (Part 3 of 3)

By Richard Slimbach Be sure to read earlier entries in this series: Part 1 and Part 2. Carbon Brief Clear on Climate. 2015. Smoke and Steam from the Chimney of a Power Plant. Image. Retrieved from https://www.carbonbrief.org/global-emissions-trading-scheme-should-be-based-on-un-carbon-budget. Mitigate the damage International travelers most sensitive to the threat from aviation to the long-term prospects of the biosphere and the bottom two billion have begun, albeit in very small numbers, to “offset” their emissions. Starting in 2027, 65 nations have agreed for all their international flights to offset emissions beyond 2020 levels—either directly or by purchasing credits. Carbon offset schemes aim at…

Flights of Peril and Privilege (Part 2 of 3)

By Richard Slimbach ZME Science. 2017. Climate Change Has Been Associated with Droughts and Water Scarcity. Image. Retrieved from https://www.zmescience.com/science/hearing-climate-change-30032017/. First, read Part 1 here.  Quantify impacts There are 7.5 billion people on our planet. I, along with most of us reading this, belong to the top billion. Economic and cultural power carries with it the responsibility to use it well. A seemingly trivial but necessary first step is to calculate the greenhouse gases that we’re actually responsible for. All of our personal consumption—for housing, food, transportation, clothes, electronics, and so on—carries a carbon “load” and leaves a carbon “footprint.”…

Flights of Peril and Privilege (Part 1 of 3)

By Richard Slimbach Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. 2019. Airplane With Contrails. Image. Retrieved from https://www.c2es.org/content/reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-aircraft/. For over 100 years, global educators have sought through a stunning array of overseas study and service programs to move young adults outside the campus bubble and insert them into the social worlds of others, often in faraway places. There they would delight in the discovery of alternative ways of life and experience a gradual liberation from cultural myopia. Returning home with expanded intellectual and cultural horizons, they could hope to draw upon insights from elsewhere to help create a better world. Paradoxically,…

The Praxis of Engineering: Theory and Value Driven Practice – GSL 6 Plenary

Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace (ESJP), a network of academics, practitioners, and students in a range of disciplines related to engineering, social justice, and peace, seeks to better understand the relationships between engineering practices and the contexts that shape those practices, with the purpose of promoting local-level community empowerment through engineering problem solving, broadly conceived. When Professor Caroline Baillie, a materials engineer, co-founded the ESJP network in 2004, many people made comments such as, “I didn’t know I could be me and an engineer” or “what a relief to be able to bring the two sides of myself together.” In…

Arts, Inclusion, Enrichment: Working with Refugee Youth in Baltimore

“This course was much more than a class; it was an enlightening and transformative experience I will forever value as a part of my journey as an artist and an educator…it is a holistic, life-altering experience that changes the way you see yourself, members of the community and each person’s ability to impact the world. I presumed that I understood the work we were undertaking, I was still met with unexpected, joy-filled surprises along the way.” – MAIAI Graduate and High School Dance Teacher “All we do with the other art programs is show the world how smart we are…

GSL 6 – Call for Posters at One World: Inclusion and Transformation in Global Service-Learning

The 6th Global Service-Learning Summit theme is: One World: Inclusion and Transformation in Global Service Learning. After reading the Call for Posters below, submit your proposal here. The deadline for poster proposals is 11:59 pm EDT, June 30, 2019. Consistent with GSL Summit precedents, the upcoming Summit at Clemson University seeks proposals that prioritize community partner perspectives, community partnership/impact research,  and case studies that involve community voice in the writing process (both co-written or co-edited by community partners) related to effective, inclusive partnerships that advance shared approaches to global learning, inclusion, and transformation. Poster presenters are encouraged to concisely explore…

One World: Inclusion and Transformation in Global Service-Learning

The 6th GSL Summit, Clemson University, November 3 – 5, 2019 Sunday Afternoon, November 3rd 1 – 4 pm, Pre-Summit Workshops at The Madren Conference Center Seminar Room 1: Community-based Global Learning 101: Pedagogy and Partnerships Balu Balasubramaniam (Founder SVYM & GRAAM, Mysuru, India), Jessica Friedrichs (Associate Professor, Carlow University), Richard Kiely (Senior Fellow, Cornell University). View a full description and register now. Seminar Room 2: Establishing Global Partnerships and Preparing Health Professional Students as Global Citizens – Hosted by the Clemson University School of Nursing Dr. Lynda Wilson, Professor Emerita (The University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing). Registration…

2018 Global Engagement Survey

By Nora Pillard Reynolds 2018 Global Engagement Survey – Full report The Global Engagement Survey (GES) is a multi-institutional assessment tool that employs quantitative and qualitative methods to better understand relationships among program variables and student learning, in respect to global learning goals identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U, 2014), with adaptations particularly relevant to community-engaged global learning. The GES therefore considers global learning in respect to the three components of global citizenship, cultural humility, and critical reflection. Drawing on existing research in education abroad, civic engagement, and related fields, conceptualizations relevant to global learning are…

The radical act of thinking globally — at home

How could thinking globally improve our abilities to understand our region and ourselves? And how might local-global thinking help us make progress together? I’m teaching a class at Haverford College that dives into these critical global citizenship questions. The global lens we’re employing is the new construct of planetary health. Planetary health considers how we could measure and improve upon human and ecological flourishing, all around the world. But instead of looking far away, the course focuses on the 30-mile radius around the college, where life expectancy gaps by neighborhood are larger than they are between Botswana (65.7 years) and Japan (83.7). In…

Community Partnership for Global Learning and Human Rights: May 14 – 16, University of Dayton

testThe University of Dayton invites you to attend the Inaugural Midwest Summer Institute – Community Partnership for Global Learning and Human Rights – from 1pm on May 14 to 1pm on May 16, 2019. The Institute will be held on UD’s campus at Emerson’s Helix Innovation Center. Collaborating with globalsl (globalsl.org), a multi-institutional hub supporting ethical global learning and community campus partnerships, the Institute will bring around 50 people together as members of a learning community dedicated to continuously improving community and student outcomes through community-campus partnerships for ethical global learning — domestically and internationally. For two and a half days, participants…

GSL6: Accommodations and Travel

HISTORY Clemson University was established in 1889. Thomas Green Clemson left the Fort Hill plantation and a large part of his personal estate to establish what would become Clemson University. Originally an all-male military school, Clemson Agricultural College opened in July 1893 with 446 students. Clemson became a coeducational institution in 1955 when the college moved to “civilian” status for students. Expanded academic offerings and research pursuits led the way for the college to be renamed Clemson University in 1964. Clemson has over 22,600 students in attendance both in undergraduate and graduate programs. The Current President as of December 31,…