Global and Diversity Education

Language Exchange Program
Language Exchange Program

The Global and Diversity Education Program at Moraine Valley sponsors programs, speakers, events, and activities that infuse global awareness and increase exposure to diverse cultures and perspectives into the campus culture and course curriculum.

Faculty interested in developing strategies and resources to infuse global and diversity education into course curriculum or to pursue professional development opportunities related to international education are encouraged to contact Michael Renehan, Global and Diversity Education Program Coordinator and Professor, Intensive English Language Program at (708) 974-5321.

Global Education Resources and Opportunities: Spring 2024

Study Abroad


Internationalizing Curriculum

International Student Recruiting & Support

Professional Development & Networking

Soliya Connect International Virtual Exchange Opportunities

Interested in offering your students a meangingful international experience as part of their education at Moraine Valley? Soliya offers 8, 5, and 4 week exchanges that are designed to fit into the coursework of any class. Contact Michael Renehan (708) 974-5321 for more information. 


Resources from the Pulitzer Center on Afghanistan

Check out these stories that Pulitzer Center journalists have reported from Afghanistan over the past 15 years. These resources can help highlight underreported stories in this multifaceted country, give context to emerging headlines, and support you and your students in processing and discussing the news.

1. Explore the latest stories by Pulitzer Center journalists currently on the ground or recently evacuated from Afghanistan: 

  • Afghanistan: After the Americans: For PBS NewsHour and NPR, Jane Ferguson covers current events in Kabul as the U.S. military leaves Afghanistan and the Taliban seize control of the country.
  • Biden on Afghanistan: Not My Problem: This story covers the Biden Administration’s response and messaging surrounding the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

 2More underreported stories and creative projects from Afghanistan:

3.   Humanities in Class Online Course: Understanding the Modern Middle East
Next Session Starts September 13, 2021
Course Dates: September 13 – October 29, 2021 
Professional Development Hours: 35
Course Registration Fee: $125.00
Far too often, the Middle East appears as doubly alien: out of place and out of time. A century of popular culture caricatures, at least two centuries of Orientalist representations, and decades of American military interventions, have all fed into the notion of the Middle East as a turmoil-laden, sectarian, and tribal premodern region. In this course, we will go beyond these stereotypes to look at the historical forces that shaped the region across the twentieth century to understand the complexities of its peoples and societies. Read Frequently Asked Questions for additional information regarding Humanities in Class online courses.
This course was designed in partnership with the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Duke–UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.
Register for the course here.   Sign up for their listserv by clicking here

4.  The Council of American Overseas Research Centers offers fully-funded international seminars for community college educators and administrators. They provide seminars with different focuses in several countries to help provide a more global perspective in higher education. Applications for their January 2022 seminars in West Africa, Mexico, and India are now open through August 31. Learn more and apply here

5. East Valley JCC is offering live virtual tours of Auschwitz. The tours are led by expert guides who can answer questions. Tours have a minimum of 25 people and are generally capped at 35 people to allow for interaction, but groups of up to 100 can be accommodated. The cost is $30 per person, but discounts are available for colleges. Learn more and register here

6 .UC Berkeley has free virtual reading groups for K-14 educators. There are two world history reading groups. A schedule of events is at click here for information and registration is here.

Resources for Faculty

Al Jazeera

  • Al Jazeera’s English-language news is also interesting, comprehensive, and multi-faceted.

Al Monitor

  • “Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East” is easily searchable – with tabs for different countries and a digest reviewing this week’s news. You can also get an email brief if you sign up.

Informed Comments-

Juan Cole’s “Informed Comments” page is wonderful, well-organized, and useful. There are everything from political cartoons to insightful articles. Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty

Brown University’s Choices Program: Teaching with the News

Ready made lesson plans that connect your content to the headlines in the news.  Most lessons are free. Just search in the “free” section.

Curriculum Internationalization Resources for Community College Educators

The University of Arizona, a Title VI Grant holder, shared these materials on curriculum internationalization for community colleges. The site includes background information, instructional materials, professional development opportunities, suggested media, and useful links.

Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies

This is a nice collection of digital teaching resources for teaching on issues related to the Middle East.  There is a place to sign up for a listserv for resources pertaining to community colleges.

Language Exchange
Adjunct faculty member Manal Kanan mentors ESL/IEL students

Global Oneness Project

Looking for an impactful lesson? The Global Oneness Project is a very nice collection of films, photo essays and articles with ready-made lessons you can use in your class right away. All lesson plans are tied to national standards and are searchable by subject matter

Pulitzer Center: Five Lesson Plans to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Five high-impact lessons for Women’s History Month. Lessons you can use today!

Where is the Middle East? 

This is an excellent resource which explores the complexity of defining and mapping the Middle East, or even using that term at all.

Funded Professional Development Opportunities

Palestinian American Research Center’s Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine

A wonderful, FUNDED program for full-time community college/university faculty is the Palestinian American Research Center’s Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine. It will be held in Jerusalem and the West Bank, from June 3-16. Applications are due Jan. 15, 2020.

Study Abroad Scholarships

There are some prestigious scholarship opportunities from the U.S. government to help community college/university students who are U.S. citizens to study abroad. The scholarships are fully funded and some include employment opportunities upon return. Community College students are especially encouraged to apply.