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Mellon Grant Allows Schools to Incorporate Global Citizenship into the Classroom

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 21, 2015 – Bennett College, Ferrum College, and King University recently received one of several competitive grants sponsored by the Mellon Global Citizenship Program of the Salzburg Global Seminar and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bennett, Ferrum, and King together received the grant to co-host the Global Education Visiting Specialist Series.

Newly launched in 2014, the Mellon Global Citizenship Program (M-GCP) seeks to deepen and consolidate the successful global citizenship education work initiated by an earlier set of grants, also sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Between 2008 and 2013, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Salzburg Global Seminar offered multi-year grants through the Mellon Fellow Community Initiative (MFCI) to bring together Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with Appalachian College Association (ACA) member institutions. The goal of the grants was to spearhead institutional development and implementation of collaborative global citizenship education programs, thereby helping create the next generation of globally aware and critically thinking leaders.

According to the Salzburg Global directors Jochen Fried and David Goldman, “The participating institutions realized that global education is not only, and not even primarily, about traveling to other parts of the world … ‘Globalization at home’ is about teaching and modeling inclusion, diversity, and reciprocity in the context of how one relates to an increasingly interdependent world. It is as much about crossing national or state border as it is about crossing ‘borders of the mind’ by reaching out to ‘otherness’ … The specific constellation of ACA and HBCU institutions offers a unique opportunity through cooperation, to make ‘globalization at home’ and ‘citizenship without borders’ a powerful and tangible learning experience.”

The grant received by Bennett, Ferrum, and King funded the Global Education Visiting Specialist Series, a retreat held at Ferrum College in which Dr. Madeleine F. Green served as a consultant for the institutions. Dr. Green is an independent consultant and senior fellow at the International Association of Universities, a global higher education association dedicated to building community and strengthening higher education worldwide. She also serves as a senior fellow at NAFSA: The Association of International Educators.

“The philosophy of global citizenship has been incorporated into King’s core curriculum for several years. This retreat offered us the opportunity to re-examine and enhance King’s global citizenship curriculum. Not only did we benefit from Madeleine Green’s expertise and guidance, but we also gained insight from the questions, observations, and experience of our colleagues at Bennett and Ferrum. Out of that rich collaboration, we developed a concrete plan for a curriculum that will target global competence and enable our students to become better global citizens,” said Karen Shaw, Ph.D., associate professor of English and coordinator for Study Abroad at King University.

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