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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 next round of Global Conversations are coming! These 90-minute Zoom sessions are structured for students from several international partner institutions to interact in a guided, facilitated manner on a list of global topics. The following sessions are being held April 12-23, 2021 and are listed chronologically. 

Please see the list below and click here to register

Session Title


Date and Time

The Global Impacts of COVID-19 on Corporate Social Responsibility Programs

How are multinational companies and global brands adjusting their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs and communication in the coronavirus pandemic era? This session will focus on the evolving CSR programs and, taking a comparative approach, will discuss the similarities and differences across CSR programs from around the world.
Monday, April 12 at 10:30am-12:00pm US Central

Adaptability and Innovation during COVID

The pandemic has upended business-as-usual. While this has been a difficult time for many individuals and organizations, it has also highlighted the need for adaptability and innovation. In this session, we will discuss creative responses to the pandemic – examples from business, communities, and our own lives – to generate key insights regarding change through challenge.

Monday, April 12 at 6:30-8:00pm US Central

Elections in Australia & the US: Constitutional and Cultural Comparisons

During the session, students will explore how the constitutional systems in the US and Australia govern elections. Students will be invited to reflect on the right of freedom of speech and its outer limits in these two countries. The session will also address the opportunities and challenges of electronic voting and the implications of compulsory voting vs voluntary voting.

Monday, April 12 at 7:00-8:30pm US Central
Global Education and Engagement in a Mediatized World

In this session, we will highlight examples of what has and hasn't worked in terms of facilitating students' interests and motivation for their learning, highlight the importance of international-mindedness for all disciplines across education and the vital role schools and universities play in developing internationally-minded citizens in a digitized world, and reflect on where public policies in global education will go after 2021.

Tuesday, April 13 at 3:00-4:30pm US Central

Diversity Toolkit: Unpacking Intersectional Identities

This session focuses on the topic of intersectionalities of identities (race, culture, ethnicity, language, gender, etc.) and how to recognize its importance in daily multicultural encounters.

Wednesday, April 14 at 9:00-10:30am US Central

Discussing the issues of inclusiveness, safety and resilience for supporting sustainable cities and communities

This session addresses the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, it looks at SDG 11: Sustainable cities and Communities, and SDG 17: Global partnerships for sustainable development. Students will be articulating their thoughts on inclusiveness, safety, and resilience in cities and communities that set sustainability as their overarching goal, using examples from their study/travelling/lived experience. They will also discuss what types of multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments can be forged between local authorities in support of inclusiveness, safety, and resilience in communities

Wednesday, April 14 at 9:40-11:10am US Central

To Serve or Not to Serve: Ethical Choices in the Workplace and Beyond​

After college you may find yourself working for a company or NGO in areas or countries with serious human rights violations. You may have to make choices that impact your employment or service. You may also have to decide whether to consume products or use services from companies that operate in such countries. How will you negotiate these choices?  What ethical criteria will you use to make these decisions?

Wednesday, April 14 at 10:00-11:30am US Central

Protests & Public Health

This session will examine the roles of civic participation and protests and their relationship to population health. This conversation will use the Black Lives Matter (USA) and the EndSARS (Nigeria) movements as a launchpad for the discussions but welcome examples of protests and population health issues from all over the world.

Wednesday, April 14 at 10:00-11:30am US Central

US foreign policy after the election of Biden as President of the United States: US relations with the European Union and NATO, and with Russia and China

This discussion will focus on the political legacy of the former US president, especially on international relations, which have deteriorated, and on the expected changes that the new Administration is bringing up. What can the EU expect from the new US President and his Administration, politically and economically? What position will NATO have in the new American policy? What will be the (new) relations with Russia and China as large and important international political and economic factors?

Friday, April 16 at 8:00-9:30am US Central

Change, Adaptation, Opportunity: Charting Our Future

We live in a VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) world. Society faces the necessity to change, adapt, and search for new opportunities. In this global conversation, we will focus on three main interests: What are the changes in the international community? How are companies adapting and how should you plan, prepare, and adapt to change? When it comes to international careers, what are the possibilities? How to scale?

Friday, April 16 at 9:00-10:30am US Central

How can the world respond to climate change refugees?

Climate change has begun to impact not just the physical earth, but all relationships on earth. The threat of large scale destruction of the environment may force millions of persons to leave their homes to seek lands that can provide adequate food and shelter. How will the world community respond to large numbers of environmental refugees to this looming crisis?

Friday, April 16 at 10:00-11:30am US Central

Adaptations & Obstacles: Human Responses to the Pandemic

How has the pandemic affected nutrition and stress, and the psychological wellbeing of students? How are the students supported and educated to increase adaption through emotional intelligence during the current and historical pandemics? How are health care workers changing roles and disseminating information regarding information about COVID-19 and access to the vaccine?

Monday, April 19 at 9:00-10:30am US Central
The New Normal in the Built Environment

The session will discuss the following questions: How will our cities mutate to both, determine and respond to new behavioral patterns in the post-pandemic new normal? How will our dwellings adapt to new normal, considering aspects like intimacy or outer spaces? How will the new domestic cartography be redrawn in everyday dwellers towards the pandemic era?

Monday, April 19 at 10:00-11:30am US Central

The Language of the Post-COVID World

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, every culture has devised different means of communication and different words to express specific elements of their experience: “Doomscrolling.” “Pandemic fatigue.” “Social distancing.” These and others are part of the cultural lexicon, and all carry inherent biases and generally negative connotations. In this discussion, we’ll wrestle with what the future of that communication looks like in a post-COVID world: what words, artistic expressions, and features we’ll take with us as a society – positive or negative – and how we ourselves might come up with new terms for communicating our experiences in the midst of pandemic.

Monday, April 19 at 7:00-8:30pm US Central

Post-pandemic Societal Changes and Consumption Trends in Greater China

This Global Conversation session will discuss what social changes will happen after the pandemic in the Greater China region, including but unlimited to mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong. We will discuss how the pandemic could yield changes in certain social behaviors and attitudes such as social interaction patterns, people’s attitudes toward media and national-level governments, and consumption tendencies in different areas of Greater China. Students will be encouraged to share their thoughts and views comparing societal changes and consumption trends in the U.S. with those in Greater China.

Wednesday, April 21 at 7:30-9:00pm US Central

Globally-informed and locally-contextualized teacher training

 Our discussion will identify a set of teaching competencies and discuss considerations when designing and developing a competency-based, teacher training model. The intent is for session participants to walk away with insights, new connections, and immediately applicable ideas for their respective settings. 
Friday, April 23 at 8:00-9:30am US Central
Digital Media for Community Development​
The session discusses the challenges and opportunities posed by digital technologies applied to community development. The core objective is to understand the impact of current technology-based development interventions from theoretical and empirical standpoints. In the discussion, participants will be invited to consider how some simple and accessible media applications, including audio and video recording, live webcasting, image editing, blogging, crowd-mapping, and multimedia storytelling, among others, can be applied based on the values of equitable, appropriate and just practices for international development interventions.
Friday, April 23 at 9:30-11:00am US Central

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

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 Institut​​e of West Africa​​​ (Nige​ria)​

Centro Universitári​o Christus (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)​​