Professors Help Peers Add New Dimensions to Classes Being the most diverse college in the nation, MDC has always focused on ways to globalize the curriculum. Now more than ever, as social media and increased international commerce bring the world’s citizens and institutions into closer contact, it is important for students to have broader vistas and cross-cultural perspectives. To expand on this focus, a recent MDC Faculty Professional Development (FPD) workshop brought together more than 100 professors to find the best ways to incorporate globalization themes more deeply into curricula. The symposium was led by Missouri Western State University Professor Dr. David Tushaus, who is a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar renowned for his work in internationalizing curricula. Among the topics explored were cultural ambassadorship and the importance of building relationships between international institutions to promote the exchange of ideas and broaden cultural understanding. Faculty discussed how to maximize the use of present resources and technology to reach out to international colleagues, participate in international dialogues and find new resources for their classes. “This workshop provided faculty with a blueprint of how they could globalize their curriculum so that they could better prepare their students to become successful, engaged global citizens,” said Dr. J. Danixia Cuevas, who teaches at Miami Dade College’s Law Center. “Students need this knowledge to be prepared for the competitive global market.”
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