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2020 Community College Master Teacher Institute – Borders: Real and Imaginary

April 20, 2020

Workshop on Friday, July 31 2020 / 9am – 3pm (PDT)

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 CCMTI workshop. The application deadline has passed.

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 reflect on 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

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.

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.


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.

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