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2020 Community College Master Teacher Institute

Borders: Real and Imaginary

Border: Definition:

(1) a line separating two political or geographical areas, especially countries; (2) the edge or boundary of something, or the part near it; (3) a strip that goes around or along the edge of something, often as decoration; (4) a narrow strip of ground around a garden, usually planted with flowers.

Please join us as we explore Borders: Real and Imaginary from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Are borders a political language? An ideology? A way of thinking? A way of being in this world? What are the implications of borders on globalization, identity, democracy, migration, global health, press freedom, climate change, Black Lives Matter – these are just a few of the critical issues facing us today.

Please see some thoughts below to spark our upcoming dialogue and workshop.

“As mapping technology advanced in Europe, the centrality of the border grew in Western culture. Colonialism lives and dies by the map — and the carved-up world is so central to our perspective that many of us today see the earth’s lands primarily as chunks of nations… There may also be lots of internal borders within nations, between family groups or more. I’ve heard it said that you know you’ve left your territory when you don’t know the names of the mountains or the plants anymore. Or that the boundaries, the extent of the land you live with – it’s just something you grow up knowing”. – Victor Temprano

“We’re all Orban now. At least in one sense. This crisis (COVID-19) is bringing home that, when push comes to shove, everyone believes in borders. Even the cosmopolitans who run the EU are now banning non-essential travel into the bloc, and within the EU, countries are erecting their own border restrictions…” – Rich Lowry

“Most people take borders for granted, but unlike mountains or rivers, they are not natural. Borders are first imagined, and then drawn, entrenched and legitimized by people. Like all constructs, they tell us a lot about the creators. When we talk about things like immigration, the US-Mexico border and undocumented immigration status, we actually are saying a lot more about ourselves than about the phenomena of people moving from one place to another”. – Alexandros Orphanides, Speakout

Please join us for this curriculum development workshop focused on Borders: Real and Imaginary and how to respond as a resilient and dynamic learning community.  We will examine this topic through the disciplinary perspectives of economics, creative writing, communications, anthropology, environmental studies, business, geography, history, sociology, and other frameworks.  Learn how to incorporate the timely topic of Borders into your existing curricula, develop activities to bring back to the classroom, and connect with colleagues interested in incorporating new information on international studies into their teaching and mentoring. Community college faculty from all disciplines, especially including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), are encouraged to apply.  University of Washington and community college faculty and staff, practitioners, and graduate students will lead this workshop.

We expect lively discussions and informative lectures. Community college educators will receive a stipend of $150.00 if they are selected to participate, review the materials in advance, and actively participate in the day-long program on July 31, 2020.  This workshop does not include clock hours.


Dates:                                        Friday, July 31, 2020, with asynchronous preparation prior

Time:                                         9:00 AM -3:00 PM (PDT)

Location:                                  Online

Applications are due on or before July 8, 2020.  We will notify all applicants by July 14, 2020 if they have been accepted into the program.

To apply click here

Sponsored by the National Resource Centers of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies – University of Washington, Northwest International Education Association, Global Business Center at the Michael G. Foster School of Business – University of Washington, and funded by the United States Department of Education.

For more information, please contact Tamara Leonard at  or call 206-685-2354.

About the Community College Master Teacher Institute

“A terrific project for an often overlooked education sector (community colleges). There are few to no other opportunities like this for community college professors.” – CCMTI Participant

The Community College Master Teacher Institute (CCMTI) is a two-day training for community college instructors organized by the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington. Founded in 2003 by Tamara Leonard, Managing Director of the Center for Global Studies, the goal of CCMTI is to build the capacity of community college instructors to teach about international affairs, and in turn through the classes these instructors teach, increase community college students’ knowledge and understanding of global issues. The Institute aims to meet this objective in four ways: helping instructors become familiar with the topic; encouraging instructors to incorporate topics into new and existing courses; providing instructional resources for use both inside and outside the classroom; and fostering a resource network of community college educators within and beyond Washington State. The Institute brings together a vast network of dedicated professors, educators, researchers, and practitioners to share in the training and offer their expertise on the chosen subject.

Past CCMTI Workshops

CCMTI 2019: Information Literacy and ‘Fake News’: The Search for Truth

This year’s two-day curriculum development workshop, held at the UW campus on July 11-12, 2019, focused on such relevant issues of “fake news”, disinformation, and media literacy, and explored a number of useful pedagogical methods, materials, and approaches for responding as a community of resourceful, dynamic educators. These topics were examined through a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives, including political science, economics, history, communications, information science, environmental studies, business, geography, sociology, and other frameworks. In total, 28 participants from 14 different community colleges in Washington State and Oregon gathered to learn how to incorporate various provocative ideas and insights into their existing curricula, develop practical activities to bring back to the classroom, and had several opportunities to network with new and existing colleagues.Mark Smith

Click here to read and download the CCMTI 2019 Resource Guide on Information Literacy and ‘Fake News’

CCMTI 2018: Global Populism- At Home and Abroad

The 2018 CCMTI workshop was held July 12-13, 2018 at the UW campus. Community college professors engaged in two days of discussions and lectures with UW faculty, graduate students, and practitioners on that year’s topic – Global Populisms.

CCMTI 2017: Global Human Security, A Multidisciplinary Perspective  

“With the end of the Cold War a new and broader concept of security has emerged, one no longer characterized by the defense of the borders of our countries from clear and predictable security threats but rather, one characterized by multifaceted and multidimensional security challenges and threats that are more difficult to predict.

This broader approach to security recognizes the importance of political, economic, social and environmental factors, in addition to the indispensable defense dimension. The consequence is therefore that international security and stability depend on political, economic, social, and environmental elements, alongside military aspects.”

                            – His Excellency the Honorable Franco Frattini at the 29th International  Workshop on Global Security.

Emerging cyber security threats, global warming, chronic and persistent poverty, human trafficking, health pandemics, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, failed states and non-state actors, and international terrorism – these are just a few of the critical challenges facing us today.

This year’s two day curriculum development workshop focused on these issues and how to respond as a resilient and dynamic learning community.  Community College educators examined global human security through the disciplinary perspectives of economics, communications, anthropology, environmental studies, business, geography, cultural studies, sociology, and other frameworks. Educators learned how to incorporate these topics into existing curricula, develop activities to bring back to the classroom, and connect with colleagues. University of Washington and community college faculty, practitioners, and graduate students lead the two day workshop.

CCMTI 2016: Global Tourism Institute HighlightCrispin Thurlow presents at CCMTI

The 2016 CCMTI marked yet another successful institute, bringing together 24 competitively selected community college instructors from Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The topic was Global Tourism and sparked conversations from economic, environmental, anthropological, and sociological frameworks. Keynote speaker Crispin Thurlow (left) delivered an inspiring and engaging presentation on the tourism, globalization, communities and sustainability for the start of the 2016 CCMTI.

Read more about the 2016 CCMTI in the featured Jackson School event profile:

Past Institute Themes

2016 Global Tourism: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

2015 Human Migration & Refugees: Peril and Hope

2014 Global Development & Changing Gender Roles

2013 At the Crossroads: Climate Change, the Environment, and Social Justice

2012 Global Education for a Sustainable Future

2011 Social Media and Social Change

2010 Global Human Security

For more information, please contact Tamara Leonard at