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Ongoing Opportunities

International and Social Justice Education Summit - REGISTRATION CLOSED

International and Social Justice Summit 2024

April 12, 2024, from 8am to 3pm

Event Address: Building W, Wojcik Conference Center
1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067

The theme of this year's summit is Displacements, Migrations, and Diasporas. 

Dr. Howard French, professor of journalism at Columbia University and author of the book Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War, will serve as our keynote speaker for the summit and his talk will focus on recovering Africa's centrality in understanding the modern world.  Breakout session presentations will cover a variety of topics within our theme and/or more broadly address individual/class projects, collaborations, or pedagogical approaches to learning that involve international or social justice themes. This is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators to come together to discuss ideas, approaches, and pedagogies that advance international, intercultural, and social justice education in the classroom and at our institutions.

Schedule At Glance
8:00am: Breakfast
8:20am - 8:50am: Poster Session
9:00am - 10:30am: Keynote: Dr. Howard French

  • Applications of Born in Blackness--Howard French (Columbia University)
  • Disability in the Diaspora: A Case Study from the Immigrant Communities of Connecticut's Brass Valley--Brian Cremins (Harper College)
  • Sharing Stories through Open Pedagogy: Uplifting the lived experiences of diplacement, migration, and diaspora through podcasting, OER's, and Open Education--Dan Matthews and Tish Hayes (Moraine Valley Community College)
  • Transforming Faculty Perspectives through Field Engagement in East Africa-- Mukila Maitha, Bethanie Statler, Nellie Khalil (Harper College);  Shamili Ajgaonkar (College of DuPage), Maria del Carmen Paniagua (Ivy Tech Bloomington), Chris Miller (Heartland Community College)

11:45am - 12:30pm: Lunch

  • Ndere at 40 Years--Ndere Cultural Performance Troupe (Uganda)
  • A Gift to Biro-Bidjan: Chicago, 1937—From Despair to New Hope—Nathan Harpaz (Oakton College)
  • ENGAGING REFUGEE YOUTH: The Power of Place-Based Education for Newcomer Populations--Shana Wills (Refugee Education & Adventure Challenge (REACH))
  • Migration and the Future: Students’ Personal Journeys to Harper College—Angelica Rackow and Katheleen Reynolds (Harper College)
  • Roundtable Forum:
    • Harmony in Learning: Bridging Courses ForA Transformative Study Abroad in Kenya--Crystal Peirce and Mukila Maitha (Harper College)
    • Eliminating quantitative grading in a chemistry course--Joe Wachter (Harper College)
    • The Immigration Caravans Crisis from Latin America to Chicago--Gerardo Cruz (Harper College)
    • Bridging Cultures, Enriching Curriculum: Insights from Harper College's Faculty Field Seminar in India—Bhasker Moorthy and Karen Patterson (Harper College) 
  • Displacement and Migration of Palestinian Musical Narratives—Issa Boulos (Harper College)
  • Wicked Problems, Ecological Literacy, and Civic Responsibility—Shamili Ajgaonkar (College of DuPage)



Classroom Resources

Working through the shared governance Curriculum Committee, the Office of International Education has aligned the student learning outcomes for the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement with its Global Learning Outcomes. There are six learning outcomes intended to promote awareness of and respect for the uniqueness and plurality of the identities of the groups and societies making up humankind.

  1. Describe the interdependence and interconnectedness of world systems (e.g., financial, technological, economic, political, religious, etc) and their components (e.g., nations, ethnic groups, social classes, etc.).
  2. Explain basic information about other cultures (e.g. their histories, values, politics, economics, communication styles, values, beliefs, and/or practices).
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of one or more aspects of the social, political, cultural, economic, or historical context of at least one region of the world outside of the United States.
  4. Demonstrate competence in intercultural communication and/or sociolinguistic awareness (e.g., acquiring basic local language skills, articulating differences in verbal/ non-verbal communication, adjusting one's speech to accommodate individuals from other cultures).
  5. Analyze Western and non-Western cultural traditions in a world context or from a comparative perspective.
  6. Evaluate issues of social justice and sustainable development (e.g. identify ethical, political, economic, social and/or environmental global challenges and evaluate local and broader consequences of individual and collective interventions).


All faculty-led study abroad programs must include at least two of these outcomes, and most faculty professional development workshops and projects associated with the Global Region of Focus are tied to these outcomes. Since the adoption of these Global Learning Outcomes, OIE has conducted annual campus-wide assessment of transfer and study abroad programs. Although the results are inconclusive, they suggest a correlation between number of credit hours achieved at the college and competence in the areas assessed. OIE is working with the Office of Outcomes Assessment to align assessment of these outcomes with the campus-wide assessment of the Diverse Perspectives and Cultures General Education outcome.

Intercultural Ireland is offering a wide variety of online modules on a wide variety of courses including history, literature, theatre, art, social justice, global studies, environmental science, and more! Learn More.

This program has some timely materials for community college classes. Free materials include Teaching with the News lessons and additional low-cost materials from their catalog.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.) has online resources for educators and exhibits that you can use in your classroom

Free registration with University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center gives you access to online modules and other resources.

The Arab Studies Institute has a "Learn & Teach: Syria" page with a lot of resources on the ongoing Syrian conflict.

TeachMideast has great resources for students and faculty, including “Week in Review” news updates, country profiles, and multimedia tools on major topics and themes.

The Asia Society’s purpose is to navigate shared futures for Asia and the world across policy, arts and culture, education, sustainability, business, and technology. They are dedicated to identifying pathways for Asia and the world which enhance peace, prosperity, freedom, equality, and sustainability. Their website has a lot of resources, including:

  • Extensive information and up to date news sorted by countries and regions.
  • Center for Global Information: The Center for Global Education at Asia Society has a vision that, in an interconnected global era, all youth from all countries and cultures will have the capacity to create, participate in, and benefit from a peaceful and prosperous world. They are working toward this vision to accomplish this through a variety of initiatives, professional development offerings, partnerships, and resources, and we work with educators, school districts, parents, and communities to ensure that they have the tools and support they need to globalize learning and better prepare young people for our global future.
    Click here to check some of their current initiatives.

The Theresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies offers several online and hybrid events that focus on Latin America.

The Einaudi Center offers several online events and seminars that delve into current international issues.


Last Updated: 6/5/24