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Colleges and universities are vital institutions for addressing political, social, and economic concerns, be they at the local, national, or global level. While embedded in their communities, they contribute substantially to a nation's competitiveness and operate within an increasingly international environment that links people and institutions together across borders. Colleges and universities are arguably the most resilient and most reliable institutions for not only advancing modernization and prosperity but also for ensuring the foundation and continuance of civil society. As such, they are gateways into the future and are in our own hands.
The goal of the seminar is to transform colleges and universities into "sites of global citizenship" where all activities – from student to faculty learning, teaching, and research, institutional policies, structures and infrastructures – are oriented towards preparing graduates to be responsible global citizens. This seminar for employees examines a diverse set of substantive topics, explores strategies for institutional change, and creates a framework for participating institutional teams to design global education initiatives and implementation plans specific to their own institutions. The seminar will strive to address:
The session format includes lectures and discussions with an international faculty as well as formal and informal work in small groups. Topics addressed in plenary lectures and discussions include globalization and global responsibility; the social, economic, and political effects of migration; the holocaust and its historical legacy, human rights; and the implications of the United States' influence around the world and other engaging and timely matters.
Participants will consider how these issues relate to their current situations and future personal, educational, and professional plans. They will also have the opportunity to develop projects and activities related to the session topic that can be implemented at their colleges and universities, in their local communities, and beyond.
This year's location for the seminar with be the Schlosshotel Mondsee Hotel in the middle of Austria not far from Salzburg. It is the oldest Benedictine monastery in Austria and was built in 748 a.c. In former times it was one of the spiritual centers of Europe. The monks collected precious artifacts, were well educated and offered quarters for travelers. In 1810, the monastery became a castle: Napoleon gave it to the earl Wrede. The mundane life moved into the ancient walls and the people in it traded goods, celebrated big parties and enjoyed the beautiful surrounding. All these things stayed the same and are even more present nowadays. Today the facility hosts various meetings and event rooms. Visitors and customers can use the historical spirit for motivating and creative teaching, learning and enjoying the environment.
For the 2020 session sponsored by the DCCCD, employees must meet these requirements and commitments:
College selection committees are strongly encouraged to consider selecting employee representatives from a varied background representing both liberal arts, and career and technical education. A background in global/international is not required, and in fact, recruiting participation of representatives that have not necessarily had global competence opportunities is strongly encouraged to broaden the district's global competency.
The planning committee strongly suggests that applicants provide a written essay application as to why they are interested in the opportunity, and their thoughts on ways they would potentially be able and willing to utilize what they learn to benefit the college, students and community. The recommended delegates from each college are due to the Global Economic Development office by March 6, 2020.
The individual college will be expected to cover the costs of their participants which are expected to be approximately $5000 - $5500 per person.
The Global Economic Development and GCA planning team will work with the colleges and selected participants to organize two mandatory orientation and planning session(s), the first being in mid-April. Although individual travel arrangements will be the responsibility of each college for their participants, logistical information and recommendations will be provided by the Planning Team.