Global and Diversity Education

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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.

Upcoming Global Education Opportunities: Spring 2021

Online talks and seminars 

1. UC Berkeley has a wide range of internationally-themed free virtual events put on by their area studies centers. A full calendar is available by clicking here.  Some highlights for this coming week are listed below. 

a.   On April 27 from 9-10:30am Pacific, Dr. Prachi Deshpande will present “Locating Marathi’s Pasts: Literature, Linguistics, and Language Histories in modern South Asia.” She will talk about the spatial and temporal context of regional languages with a focus on the Marathi language of the Maharashtra region in western India. Click here to attend

b.     A panel discussion on “Sustainability and Renewable Energy: Learning from the Alps” will take place on April 29 from 10-11am Pacific. Speakers will look at the history of renewable energy in the region and what can be learned for the future. Click here to attend

c.   In “How Migration Effects Political Change in Rural China,” Professor Yao Lu will discuss the links between rural-urban migration and collective resistance in China. This event will take place April 30 from 5-6:30pm Pacific. Click here to attend.

 2. Echoes & Reflections will present a webinar on “Holocaust Education on Social Media.” Yoni Berrous of Yad Vashem will talk about how to navigate Holocaust imagery on social media and use it as a tool for education. Berrous will also introduce the digital resources Yad Vashem offers for students. The event will take place April 29 from 3-4pm Eastern. Register by clicking here.

3.   The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University is holding a 3-part workshop on “Pipelines and Politics.” The program will look at how Russia uses its oil reserves as a political tool and how oil affects international relations in the region. The first part is a pre-recorded video by Dr. Rawi Abdelal sent to participants in early May. The next part is a live virtual Q&A session with Dr. Abdelal on May 19 at 4pm EDT. The final session is a negotiation simulation with Dr. Arvid Bell on May 26 at 4pm EDT. You can register for the workshop series by clicking here

4.     Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is holding a free 5-part virtual series on teaching about the Middle East for 6-12 and community college educators. The next session is titled “Hip Hop and Women’s Voices in the Middle East and North Africa,” and it is being presented May 20 from 5-6:30pm Eastern. For more information on the series and for registration click here. If you want to keep updated on other events being put on by the center you can sign up for their listserv by clicking here

5.    Hemispheres at UT Austin is offering a 3 ½ day workshop on “Teaching from Digital Archives.” Participants will work with questions of how to present digital archival resources in the classroom, a particularly relevant question during a time of online learning where access to physical resources is even more limited than usual. The event will take place June 22-25 through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous modules. There is a $45 registration fee, but educators will have the opportunity to receive a $300 stipend for the development of a new lesson plan, as well as 24-28 CPE credit hours. Register by May 7 here

Summer programs 

  1. Harvard University’s Global Studies Outreach is hosting a virtual summer workshop on “Dis/Misinformation: Perspectives and Pedagogies for Educators in the Post-Truth Era.” Looking from a global perspective, participants will consider how to identify dis/misinformation, the historical context for the current boom, who is responsible for spreading it, who is responsible for controlling it, and how educators can teach their students to identify and respond to it. The program will take place virtually via eight synchronous sessions, and additional asynchronous opportunities for participation, July 26 – August 6. Applications for this free program are due May 7. Read more by clicking here.

 2. Duke-UNC Area Studies Centers are putting on a summer program titled “Culture and the Arts on a Global Stage.” From 10am-12pm Eastern each day June 22-24 participants will learn about culture and arts from around the world and about how to incorporate culture and arts across a variety of disciplines. The cost for the program is $75. Upon completion educators may receive 1 CEU or 10 PDCH. Information will continue to be added here, and you can also find the link to register there. (CMES is telling you about this opportunity as a courtesy and does not endorse the program. We are now required to provide a disclaimer for non-UA programs; there is nothing about this particular one that has triggered this comment.) 


 1 UAbierta from Universidad de Chile has a few upcoming virtual courses this semester. All courses are in Spanish and free, though a fee may be paid to obtain university credit. (CMES is telling you about this opportunity as a courtesy and does not endorse the program. We are now required to provide a disclaimer for non-UA programs; there is nothing about this particular one that has triggered this comment.) 

 a. “Cómo envejecemos: una mirada transdisciplinaria” discusses what aging looks likes and means from a social perspective as well as a scientific one. The course runs May 4 – June 9. Click here for more information. 

Other Opportunities 

1. Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies has an Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship Program. The virtual program will look at Russian and Eurasian culture throughout history by looking at written and visual art. Educators will participate in a series of 9 webinars. Community college educators may apply by May 14. See more by clicking here

2. 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. (CMES highly recommends you reach out to your school, as well as your state and local authorities and the possible destinations, for COVID-related advisories before making a decision on whether to travel for educational opportunities at this time.) 

3. 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

4 .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.