Two Carolina scholars recently issued a report, Global Education for All?, addressing the challenges of increasing access to global education and examining strategies the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has taken to address these challenges.
The report is co-authored by Niklaus Steiner, director of the UNC Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), and Charles Kurzman, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and professor of sociology in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences.
Steiner and Kurzman note that many universities and national organizations such as Diversity Aboard, The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and NAFSA have been actively working to diversify global education. They observed that much of the work has focused on increasing racial and ethnic diversity in credit-bearing study abroad programs. While good progress has been made in this arena, Steiner and Kurzman question how the demographics might look across other facets of global education and ask whether UNC has made progress and what sorts of interventions are proving successful.
Groups across UNC’s campus have been working to ensure that students from all backgrounds and disciplines have access to global opportunities through the CGI-led, pan-university Opening Access Initiative. Building off some lessons learned and trends identified through this effort, Steiner and Kurzman’s paper analyzes these trends and the interventions currently being implemented across campus to ensure that all students have access to a global education while at UNC.
Read the report.