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Global Conversations

​​When the COVID 19 pandemic struck in the beginning of 2020 and all in-person classes converted to online classes, Global Engagement decided to host a series of sessions offering students the opportunity to connect and reflect on the impact of COVID-19 with students from across the globe. In these sessions, DePaul faculty members have partnered with faculty from our international partner universities from countries including Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Australia, the UK and more.  These dynamic sessions have cultivated intercultural, meaningful discussions on how the pandemic has affected various academic disciplines and industries, such as psychology, public health, business and more. 

​​Upcoming Global Conversations​​​

The fourth round of Global Conversations are scheduled for October 11-21, 2021. If you are a faculty member interested in co-facilitating a Global Conversation during that time, please see the information below and propose a session here ​by Monday, July, 12, 2021.

​Global Conversations De​tails​​​​​​​​​

  • Global Conversation sessions are 90-minute lively Zoom synchronous sessions in which students from several international partner institutions interact in a guided, facilitated manner on a list of global topics. 

  • The session is designed for student dialogue and international connection, NOT as a faculty lecture. Faculty prepare a short introduction, possibly a very brief presentation, and guiding discussion questions. 

  • Sessions are co-facilitated by faculty members from various participating international institutions. Faculty teams are often most manageable when they are composed of 2-4 members. Faculty members can form their own international teams if they already have partners, or they can request to be matched with an international/DePaul partner(s). 

  • ​The Global Engagement Team at DePaul will take care of the logistics of the sessions, coordinating the registration, and providing an in-room assistant that will help manage the Zoom room.

​​Faculty teams are expected to:​​

  • Commit to bring at least 7 students per faculty to participate in the session. Faculty may feel free to incorporate the sessions as part of their current syllabi as they see fit, but this is not an expectation or a requirement.

  • Have one DePaul faculty member be the convener of the group, calling the team together.  The Global Engagement team will help find a DePaul partner if you are not a DePaul faculty member and need one.

  • Adjust their proposed topic session slightly if they propose a topic without faculty partners. We do our best to match faculty with similar interests or disciplines, and therefore, proposed topics must often be revised to meet the whole teams’ talents and expertise. 

  • Commit to conduct at least one synchronous planning meeting in advance of the session, ensuring that the team finalizes the structure of the sessions and the discussion questions that will guide students’ participation in advance of the actual session. 

  • Ensure that the sessions open with a short introduction of the topic, and give ample time for student interaction. Consider: How will you prioritize student engagement and to let them be owners of the conversation?​

  • Be flexible and adaptable during the planning stages and during the synchronous session.

  • Share their feedback with DePaul’s Global Engagement team by completing a short survey after all sessions conclude.

 For a list of former Global Conversations conducted, please click here. ​​ For any questions, please email Emily Kraus.  


Thank you to our partner institutions:

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences                    (The Netherlands)

Australian Catholic University (Australia)

Baroda University (India)

Bilkent University (Turkey)

Brandeis University (USA)

Catholic Institute of West Africa (Nigeria)

Centro Universitário Christus (Brazil)

Centro Paula Souza (Brazil)

EADA Business School (Spain)

FATEC (Brazil)

Hampton University (USA)

Huaqiao University (China)

Kansai University (Japan)

Loughborough University (The UK)

National Kaohsiung Normal University (Taiwan)


Nottingham Trent University (The UK)

The Open University (The UK)

Radboud University (The Netherlands)

Shanghai International Studies University (China) 

Symbiosis International University (India)

Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)

Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Spain)

Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)

Universidad ICESI (Colombia)

Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) (Brazil)

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (Brazil)

University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)

University of Stirling (The UK)

University of Uyo (Nigeria)

Weifang University (China)