CAORC recognizes the immediate and growing need for faculty and administrators at U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions to provide a global perspective to their students. Educators at these institutions understand the value of developing “internationalized” learning environments that both broaden their students’ cultural horizons and foster critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills for an increasingly interconnected world.
CAORC offers fully-funded overseas seminars that help faculty and administrators gain the requisite first-hand experience needed to develop and improve international curricula at their colleges and institutions.
Since 2017, CAORC, in partnership with its member centers, has organized short-term, fully-funded, two-week overseas study trips that allow faculty to experience rich foreign cultures and engage with local scholars grappling with complex global issues like climate change and religious and ethnic diversity. CAORC seminars include lectures from leading specialists, collaborative networking with local scholars, cultural and educational excursions, and experiential learning opportunities.
Through such immersive experiences, CAORC Faculty Development Seminars:
Produce an increase in capacity for global studies in U.S. undergraduate education
Increase faculty participants’ international contacts and foster new opportunities to expose their students and communities to global perspectives
Create a scholarly network of faculty engaged in global education, who in turn develop course materials, share teaching models, and participate in collaborative research with faculty from host countries
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