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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. More than a dozen DePaul faculty members partnered with faculty from our international partner universities from countries including Brazil, India, The Netherlands, Mexico, Australia, the UK and more. These sessions cultivated intercultural, meaningful discussions on how the pandemic has affected various academic disciplines and industries, such as psychology, public health, business and more.

Global Fall at DePaul: September 21 - October 2, 2020

Global Conversations Sessions

The Global Conversations are being held as a part of Global Fall at DePaul, a time for students to explore international learning opportunities abroad and in Chicago. Save the dates for dynamic global conversation sessions on September 28 through October 2, 2020.  Below, please find a list of topics with session date and times. 

To register for a session, click here.

Session Name


Date and Time
(listed in 3 time zones)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Public Health and Development in Africa and the Diaspora

During this session, we will examine COVID-19-related lock down enforcement on access to food, health care, and other necessities by people living in Africa and the diaspora.

Thursday, Oct. 1 at 12:00-1:30pm CDT
Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5:00-6:30pm GMT
Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:00-7:30pm WAT
Friday, Oct. 2 at 3:00-4:30am AEST

Mental Health Challenges for College Students During the time of COVID-19​

​The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a convergence of impacts on college students. Not only does the threat to health lead to poor mental health, but the unprecedented disruptions of students’ lives can also contribute to significant distress. Our panel will examine these challenges from the perspective of student and faculty experience. We will discuss what our respective institutions have done in order to meet these challenges, as well as any positive lifestyle changes or routines that COVID has engendered.​

Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:00-7:30pm CDT
Thursday, Oct. 1 at 11:00pm-12:30am GMT
Friday, Oct. 2 at 9:00-10:30am AEST

Communicating In The Midst of COVID-19

How we communicate ideas with one another and the world, whether via art forms or social media or ways of forging connection, has drastically shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our discussions will tackle how we’ve adjusted our means of communication or discovered entirely new ones, how the world is changing around those new tools, and what we hope for them in the months and years to come.

Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:30-8:00pm CDT
Thursday, Oct. 1 at 11:30pm-1:00am GMT
Friday, Oct. 2 at 9:30-11:00am AEST

Global Business & Entrepreneurship in the New Distance Economy​

In this session, we will discuss global views in lieu of the current environment and megatrends impacting the new global economy, business and entrepreneurship, and how to prepare for the changes.

Thursday, Oct. 1 at 8:00-9:30pm CDT
Friday, Oct. 2 at 1:00-2:30am GMT
Friday, Oct. 2 at 11:00am-12:30pm AEST

The following sessions have just successfully completed:

  • ​Cross-cultural perspectives on social life during a pandemic: Psychological coping and relationships
  • Exposing who are excluded citizens in the midst of COVID-19. The case of homeless in Buenos Aires and domestic workers in Chicago
  • China and the U.S. in the Age of COVID-19: Image and Reality
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Entrepreneurial Endeavors: A Global Perspective
  • In the Times of Corona: Contextualizing Preferred Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Strategies for integrating health, home, school and work life during the pandemic
  • The call for healing: Teaching and learning during a global pand​emic
  • ​Visions of "Democracy" under Stress
  • Integrating school, work and life during a pandemic
  • 2021: 70th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention: Beacon of Broken Hope?

Thank you to our partner institutions:
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
Australian Catholic University (Australia)
Centro Universitário Christus (Brazil)
EADA Business School (Spain)
Huaqiao University (China)
Kansai University (Japan)
Loughborough University (The United Kingdom)
Nottingham Trent University (The United Kingdom)
The Open University (The United Kingdom)
Radboud University (The Netherlands)
Symbiosis International University (India)
Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) (Brazil)
Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (Brazil)
University of Stirling (The United Kingdom)
University of Uyo (Nigeria)
Weif​ang University (China)