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

GDL Word Cloud

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.

GDL Professional Development Plan

Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.