Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments
Cultural competency among 21st century graduates has become imperative as the job market globalizes, and the workforce continues to diversify. In order to become responsible, productive citizens, our students must understand their own cultures and those of their neighbors at home and afar. By engaging higher education institutions in examining the collaboration potential between diversity/multicultural education and internationalization, The American Council on Education (ACE) seeks to address these needs through the initiative entitled At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments. For institutions to fulfill their service mission in a globalized society, they will need to advance the analytical frameworks, pedagogical enhancements, diversification strategies, and innovative solutions to societal issues that the work in this intersection affords.
ACE's Inclusive Excellence Group and its Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement are collaboratively promoting the At Home in the World Initiative to reach the ultimate goal of creating synergistic learning environments that empower students.
The Current Three-Year Good Practice Project Funded by The Henry Luce Foundation
Through this three-year effort, ACE will work collaboratively with a select group of eight institutions to advance new analytical frameworks, enhance pedagogy, and develop innovative ways of fostering collaboration between internationalization and diversity/multicultural education on campus.
The institutions will explore connections between on-campus international and diversity efforts to better prepare students for the impact of globalization and improve cultural communication skills among students, faculty and staff. ACE will provide consultation on the project and facilitate meetings between participants.
It is anticipated that selected institutions will engage with the ACE project team over approximately two years and then participate in a national conference (Summer 2013) to disseminate findings and lessons learned.
Through this project, ACE seeks to enhance access to:
- communication strategies that facilitate productive and mutually beneficial conversations between international and multicultural educators;
- planning processes that identify and support shared priorities between internationalization and diversity/multicultural education initiatives; and
- models that feature new traditions of collaboration between international and multicultural educators and administrators.
The participating institutions are: Alliant International University-San Diego; Arcadia University (PA); Bennett College for Women (NC); Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (CA); Mercy College (NY); North Carolina State University; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and Washington State University. They were chosen out of 54 applicants.