Faculty Members to Attend Global Citizenship Summer 2017 Seminars

A subcommittee of the WVC Academic Senate has chose the proposals of four faculty members. The faculty members will receive the Global Citizenship Summer Seminar Awards. The funds will allow them to attend international faculty development seminars offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and to complete their projects during the 2017-2018 academic year. These awards are made possible by a grant from the Office of the WVC President and the WVMCCD Land Corp. Following is a brief description of the four faculty members’ projects.

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Toulouse, France (Photo by DMG 2014)

Cigdem Bulut and Diane Hurd, who teach in the Interior Design Department, will attend “Best Practices for Creating Successful Faculty-Led Programs” at CIEE’s Global Institute in Paris, France in July 2017.  This seminar’s objectives are to:

  • Identify key components for a successful faculty-led program.
  • Gain insight about how to build productive relationships between faculty and international education administrators.
  • Develop and design holistic, thematic, or interdisciplinary short-term learning experiences.
  • Discuss successful program promotion and outreach to potential participants.
  • Critically assess strategies for encouraging diverse students to study abroad.
  • Develop a detailed plan to deliver a short-term program that breaks down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture.

At the seminar, Cigdem and Diane will also network with other educators invested in Global Studies and Study Abroad. Once they complete the seminar, they will be better prepared to lead a short-term study abroad program. They aim to share their expertise by creating a template to guide other WVC faculty members in conceptualizing, planning, and leading cross-disciplinary study abroad trips.

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Las Madres de los Desaparecidos march in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Photo by DMG 2010)

Renee Paquier, who teaches Administration of Justice, and Leigh Burrill, who teaches Women and Gender Studies, English, and Social Justice Studies, will attend “Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights in Contemporary Argentina” at CIEE’s host institution, FLACSO, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June 2017. This seminar’s objectives are to:

  • Gain insight about the main findings and analysis of gender, sexualities, and LGTB studies and queer theories developed in Latin America.
  • Analyze relations among gender, sexuality, culture, and politics in contemporary Argentina, from a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach intersected by race/ethnicity, class, age, and religion.
  • Develop an understanding about the role of religions and new spiritualties in recent political and social debates concerning public policies and sexuality.
  • Compare the current situation in U.S. and in Argentina related to LGBT rights, gender issues and women’s rights.
  • Analyze the circulation of slogans, readings, strategies, and experiences, between feminist and LGBT organizations from the U.S. and Argentina.
  • Discuss strategies developed by women´s movements, LGBT organizations, and human rights organizations in political struggles of sexual and reproductive rights recognition.
  • Appraise the role played by human rights discourse as the main framework for the advance in sexual and reproductive rights, its links with recent Argentinean history (military dictatorships of the 1960s and ’70s) and the use of this discourse by pro-life movements in contemporary debates. Unpack stereotypical images about machismo in Latin America trough specific readings and case analysis.

After the seminar, Renee and Leigh will collaborate in crafting new curricula that will support their respective disciplines, Global Citizenship, equity, and the new interdisciplinary Social Justice Studies transfer degree. Their project will help to provide students with paths across various disciplines, all of them centered on international human rights concerns, specifically those connected to gender, LGBTQ identity and sexuality in social, cultural, and legal contexts. Renee and Leigh also plan to offer campus talks, student conferences, and guest speaker presentations connected to Global Citizenship and Social Justice.

Cigdem, Diane, Renee, and Leigh will also lead a break-out presentation for faculty, staff, and administrators during All College Day.

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