Global and Diversity Learning
Global/Diversity learning (GDL) is a high impact practice that provides a framework for exploring multiple perspectives on viewing the interdependent world.
This high impact practice (HIP) includes the following avenues:
Intercultural Learning and Global Citizenship
Environmental Sustainability Human Rights
Multiple perspectives of GDL:
1. Comparative Perspective: Students are encouraged to voice and hear different viewpoints adding layers to learning of the content being discussed.
2. Investigative approach: Students are encouraged to engage in “researching” global issues within and beyond the local context.
3. Ethnic Perspective: Students are encouraged to formulate their own personal viewpoint based on ethnicity/culture in order to construct a new way of approaching/analyzing the course material being discussed.
4. Advocacy Perspective: Students are encouraged to reconstruct their ideas and become motivated to take action.
5. Evaluation: Students are encouraged to assess their own transformation and ability to make globally informed choices.
The following SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes) have been developed:
- Students will be able to identify the key elements of a global issue and analyze that issue from multiple perspectives.
- Students will be able to recognize the diversity of cultures, subcultures, and social systems both in their local and global communities.
- Students will be able to apply varying approaches, values or ethical principles to respond to a global question, dilemma, or problem, and describe alternative outcomes.
- Students will be able to articulate an informed stance on a global issue either verbally or through writing.
- Students will be able to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for interacting in multicultural, cross-cultural, and intercultural settings.
- Students will be able to explore the relationship between one or more communities to demonstrate an understanding of global interdependence.
- Students will be able to examine how one’s position/grounding relate to intercultural communication and shape perception of complex global issues.
- Students will be able analyze and reflect upon how values, assumptions, perceptions, expectations, and behavior affect intercultural communication.