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Global Education FAQs

  • Global Education and Diversity Education are related and complementary endeavors intended to inform students, staff, faculty, and community regarding different ways of thinking, being and doing. The differences lie in the primary, although not exclusive, focus of each initiative.

    • Global Education: Student- and Curriculum-Focused
      Global Education is concerned with issues of understanding our place in the world as individuals and as a country. Not only are we citizens of the United States, but also citizens of the world. This understanding is critical for success in the global economy that is upon us. Southeast Community College is preparing students for success in the workplace upon graduation, and infusing a global perspective into the curriculum can optimize this success. Global education is concerned with not only cultural and societal differences within the U.S., but more broadly, to have an understanding of societies and its people outside the boundaries of the U.S. Even if diverse people are not part of our community, our students may be working and studying abroad. We need to provide our students with educational experiences that will enable them to work and compete in a global environment.
    • Diversity Program: Employee- and Experienced-Focused
      Diversity education focuses more on the dynamics of diversity and multiculturalism within the context of the U.S. The diversity program at SCC has been primarily focused on providing SCC employees with opportunities to learn about and experience dynamics of race, culture and ethnicity within the U.S., outside of the academic and scholarly framework.
    Global education does not conflict with the SCC mission statement, as our mission is to provide educational experiences and opportunities that enhance a student’s chance for success and gainful employment. The global education focus is to provide students with the tools to equip themselves in a global economy and an awareness of cultures different from their own. The world is becoming more interconnected and interdependent on one another, and the infusion of global concepts into the curriculum provides potential employers with an employee who has a knowledge base of international environments and understanding of diverse clientele.

    Global education brings a broader perspective to what is taught at SCC. The College will become more inclusive of differing ideas and new perspectives into the curriculum. Graduates will be exposed to ideas that will help them succeed in the workplace. A congruent set of standards, policies, practices, and attitudes toward global education will form a culturally responsive system at SCC, not one that is fragmented or only evident in select parts of the College.
    A global perspective will enable graduates to:

    • Increase their awareness of global issues and the effect on their lives
    • Enhance their understanding that local issues are interrelated to global issues
    • Attain knowledge and skills to participate in the local and global community
    • Work successfully with and within other cultures
    • Transact mutually beneficial business affairs as future employees or employers
    • Work with international students, colleagues and employers

    There are several people at the College with an interest in international travel.  You can talk to the following individuals who serve on the SCC Global Education Team and who have traveled internationally.

    Nicole Trevena Flores, Global Education Coordinator

    SCC-led trips have gone to Greece, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Portugal/Spain, Haiti, and Peru.
    SCC does participate in some one-way exchanges through several organizations. We participate in the IREX Global Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program, which brings us students from 12 countries in Eurasia. Another is the Congress Bundestag program, which brings us students from Germany. That exchange also offers a possibility of reciprocal visits from SCC students to Germany, though opportunities are limited.
    Currently, Southeast Community College is a member of the Midwest Institute for International Intercultural Education.
    The College has had instructors participate in short-term Fulbright fellowships. The College does not have a formal sabbatical program.
    Yes, although certain specifications have to be met. If you are taking an SCC course, then you would need to make an agreement with your instructor about what material would be covered and what the course responsibilities and forms or evaluation would be required.  If you were studying at a foreign university, the class syllabus and curriculum could be compared against a similar class offered at SCC for possible use as a replacement.  Sometimes, given enough time, the agreement to allow classes can be worked out in advance of the student traveling to a foreign country.

    The SCC Global Education Initiative is able to offer three (3) two hundred dollar ($200) Student Travel Scholarships for each Global Education Travel Trip.  If the college sponsors three (3) trips in a given year, the Global Education Student Travel Scholarship may be awarded up to a total of nine (9) scholarships (three (3) per SCC-sponsored global education travel trip).  The decision to offer more than three (3) scholarships in a given academic year will be based on factors such as assuming adequate funding and sufficient qualified applicants.  Scholarships will not be awarded if student applicants do not meet the minimum qualifications.

    To be eligible for the Global Education Travel Scholarship the student must be enrolled in the HUMS 2980 course and go on the associated trip.  In addition, the student must: A) met the scholarship requirements, B) submit a Global Education Student Travel Scholarship Faculty Recommendation Form and C) submit a Global Education Student Travel Scholarship Checklist Form with their scholarship application.  After the forms have been submitted, the Global Education Committee will evaluate the applications and notify the applicants of the committee’s decision.