Office of International Education
The mission of the Office of International Education at Harper College is to develop international awareness through collaborative programs that enhance knowledge of global dynamics, cultural diversity, and world issues for students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.
The Office of International Education serves as a resource to the college and surrounding communities to celebrate the many contributions of the world's cultures and traditions, and will foster the continuing global education of its citizenry.
Furthermore, we are committed to educating students for leadership in an increasingly complex global society. To that end, the Office of International Education strives to offer global education opportunities that provide students with the following:
- Curriculum that ensures that all of our students will be able to succeed in a world marked by interdependence, diversity, and rapid change.
- Knowledge and understanding of culture, language, geography, and global perspectives.
- Skills to understand the world through the eyes of others and how their actions can affect and be affected by people throughout the world.
- Study Abroad Programs
- Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program
- Faculty Proposals
- Global Scholar Distinction
Professional Development Opportunities:
- "Best Practices for Globalizing the Community College Curriculum"
- This annual workshop is put on by the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Center for Latin American Studies. The workshop features four panels of community college educators sharing their ideas. The free workshop will take place on January 29th and January 30th. Those who attend at least three of the panels are eligible to apply for up to $400 to internationalize their classrooms through a project of their choice. Click here for more information and registration.
- IREX Global Solutions Conversations
- This program brings together groups of students from the US, Jordan and Iraq through a five-week experience consisting of five binational calls. During the calls, students will practice cross cultural communication and learn about each other's culture as they engage in a series of conversations to practice the process of design thinking in order to discuss global issues in their community.
If you are looking for a light touch, low effort cross cultural virtual exchange experience for your students, this program is for you! The Conversations experience will be weekly during the month of March 2021 and consists of:
- Five Zoom Calls. There are only five binational calls, with minimal work required outside of the calls.
- Binational Groups. Instead of a binational team, students connect in groups from the US, Iraq and Jordan.
- Only Zoom. Zoom is the only platform needed to facilitate this experience.
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- Midwest Institute for Intercultural-International Education (MIIIE) conferences
MIIIE is sponsoring two free virtual workshops:
- "Education in the post-COVID World" on Friday, January 29, 2021 (9am - 2:50pm Central)
- "Citizenship in the 21st Century" on Saturday, February 27, 2021 (9am - 2:50pm Central)
For program information and registration information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brown University's Choices Program has some timely materials for community college classes.
- The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.) has online resources for educators and exhibits that you can use in your classroom
- Free registration with University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center gives you access to online modules and other resources.
- The Arab Studies Institute has a "Learn & Teach: Syria" page with a lot of resources on the ongoing Syrian conflict.
- TeachMideast has great resources for students and faculty, including “Week in Review” news updates, country profiles, and multimedia tools on major topics and themes.
Dr. Richard Johnson