Global & 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 HIP allows for the exploration of course content through the following lenses:

  • Intercultural Learning and Global Citizenship
  • Environmental Sustainability Human Rights
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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.

GDL Experiences Promote


  • Identifying the key elements of a global issue and analyze that issue from multiple perspectives.
  • Rcognizing the diversity of cultures, subcultures, and social systems both in their local and global communities.


  • Applying varying approaches, values or ethical principles to respond to a global question, dilemma, or problem, and describe alternative outcomes.
  • Articulating an informed stance on a global issue either verbally or through writing.
  • Developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for interacting in multicultural, cross-cultural, and intercultural settings.


  • Exploring the relationship between one or more communities to demonstrate an understanding of global interdependence.
  • Examining how one’s position/grounding relate to intercultural communication and shape perception of complex global issues.
  • Analyzing and reflect upon how values, assumptions, perceptions, expectations, and behavior affect intercultural communication.

GDL Professional Development Plan

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Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

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

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

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.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

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.