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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.
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.
The Global Impacts of COVID-19 on Corporate Social Responsibility Programs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
Globally-informed and locally-contextualized teacher training
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Emily Kraus. For a list of former Global Conversations conducted, please
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)
EADA Business School (Spain)
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)