Global Studies Virtual Symposium

Call for Proposals Global Studies Virtual Symposium 2024

The Call for Proposals is open for the 5th annual Global Studies Virtual Symposium, a virtual speaker series connecting community college global studies scholars and educators across campuses. The symposium offers an engaging teaching and learning forum for sharing best practices, ideas, and resources with colleagues. Those accepted will receive a stipend.

CFP deadline January 12, 2024.

Symposium Dates 

To be determined in coordination with accepted speakers for spring (February through May 2024) or fall (September through November 2024).

Confirmed sessions 2023-2024 GSVS sessions

Location: Virtual Symposium (Zoom)

Your participation helps make this conference a collaborative and engaging experience, and all accepted proposals that are presented during the symposium will receive a stipend! Submit a proposal by following three simple steps:

  1. Submit a proposal: Click the link to submit a proposal for a 45-minute panel, a 20-minute teaching innovation, or a digital gallery item for sharing. You will need the following: presentation title, brief description, expected outcomes, and contact information.
  2. Get notification: After you submit your presentation proposal, we will review and notify you after January 19, 2024 regarding acceptance. We welcome the submission of proposal(s) for the 2024 Global Studies Virtual Symposium until Friday January 12, 2024.
  3. Registration is required to participate in these FREE Global Studies Virtual Symposium and receive the Zoom link for the event. We are currently accepting registrations for the January 26 session on Experiencing the Pine Ridge Reservation with Students.

We are looking for proposals addressing current issues around global studies in the community college curriculum. What are you doing to bring local to global and global to local? How are you connecting DEI to Global Studies? What are you doing on your campus to close inequality gaps as it relates to global studies?

Proposals in the following formats are especially welcome:

Panels: (45 minutes) College collaborations of two or more people from the same college or project (example topics below)

  • Interdisciplinary or cross disciplinary team projects
  • Short term, faculty-led study abroad formats
  • Projects having partnered with business, organizations, K12, or the university
  • Successful Study “Away” projects
  • Virtual study abroad projects (such as COIL)
  • Successful grant projects (funding for globalization of curriculum)
  • Development of a global certificate or global emphasis
  • Campus support of international students
  • Faculty professional development opportunities (communites of practice on your campus)
  • Collaborations with CTL, libraries, writing centers, and IT for global projects
  • Successful co-curricular projects
  • Action research projects
  • Global Open Education Resource (OER) projects

Innovative Teaching: (20 minutes) share curriculum design or teaching and assessing strategies (Example topics below)

  • Addressing one or more of the UN Sustainable Goals
  • Utilizing the diversity in your classroom to enhance global education
  • Using global simulations, games, or role playing in the classroom
  • Using international sources
  • Teaching using film, memoir, music, or other media
  • Using your own international/intercultural experiences in the classroom
  • Active learning strategies
  • Choosing a textbook (or other resource) for teaching global competence
  • Teaching global competence through story
  • Using a particular teaching method (problem-based learning, experiential learning)
  • Engaging students with global education in online courses
  • Teaching best practice with COIL or other digital exchange
  • Designing courses with faculty led travel abroad

Digital Gallery–share a resource for others to use (examples below)

  • Innovative assignment
  • Creative learning activity
  • Open Education Resource (OER)

The deadline for proposals is January 12, 2024

Submit your proposal here

We look forward to reading your proposals!

For any questions please contact:

Sponsored by Title VI National Resource Centers at the Institute for Global Studies (IGS) – University of Minnesota and the Center for Global Studies (CGS) – The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, in collaboration with Green River College (WA) and Ridgewater College (MN).

About the Global Studies Virtual Symposium

The Global Studies Virtual Symposium connects global studies scholars across community college campuses, offering an engaging teaching and learning forum for sharing best practices, ideas, and resources with colleagues. This virtual conference is based around a different theme every year, always with the goal of giving community college faculty and staff a forum in which to share and discuss teaching and curricula as is it relates to global studies courses and programs offered on their respective campuses. The Global Studies Virtual Symposium is offered at no cost to participants and is open to higher education faculty, staff, and scholars.                                                                                                                                                                            The GSVS was inaugurated in 2019 and is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington, the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota, Green River College, and South Central College – North Mankato Campus. This program is made possible with the support of funding from the U.S. Department of Education through the Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) program.

Past Global Studies Virtual Symposium Events

2023 Symposium

The 2023 Global Studies Virtual Symposium was held on April 14, and April 28, 2023.

The Day 1 presentations all highlighted themes of internationalizing the curriculum at home. Day 1 of the virtual symposium had a focus on globalizing the curriculum, group roles in a global team, and  integrating global studies topics into technical courses. 

The Day 2 presentations all highlighted themes of exchange, study abroad, and study away. Day 2 highlighted presentations that focused on creative technology ideas, creating culturally responsive classrooms, data visualization to globalize the curriculum, as well as a virtual African exchange program on civic responsibility.

2022 Symposium

The 2022 Global Studies Virtual Symposium was held on April 22, 2022.

Presentations included topics such as resources to prepare students for work in our interconnected world, how international students are impacted by virtual learning, online study abroad technology, and inspiring equitable change through OERs in Global Studies.

2021 Symposium

The 2021 Global Studies Virtual Symposium was held on April 23, 2021.

This virtual one-day conference highlighted presentations that focused on global perspectives, sustainable development, strategic leadership, and civic engagement, and offered the opportunity for participants to share highlights from respective campus global studies programs/courses. After an opening remark discussing “What is Global Studies?” There were eleven community college presenters whose topics fell into the thematic categories of global studies, equity and inclusion, pedagogy, and study abroad.

2020 Symposium

The 2020 Global Studies Virtual Symposium was held on April 24, 2020.

The symposium highlighted presentations that had a focus in Muslim Democracy, expanding worldview in classrooms, the Middle East in Global Studies, engaging Muslim students, and life in the time of Coronavirus. There were eight presentations that included themes of inclusion, travel/study abroad, curriculum, and area studies.

Questions? Email Phil Shekleton (