Collaborations Across Indiana and the Nation
By Eli Konwest, Taurean Webb, and Isaiah Green
The Center for the Study of Global Change is proud to collaborate with many diverse groups across Indiana, the United States, and internationally. A central component of our mission is to find ways to leverage Indiana University resources to meet the needs of our partners.
This year, Eli Konwest wrapped up a multi-year grant with Dr. Deb Getz at the IU School of Public Health called Community Engagement to End Child Sexual Exploitation which focused on the global issue of child exploitation and human trafficking in three rural Indiana counties. Resulting outcomes included a resource guide for local communities, an informational website with a resource database, and soon to be published video resources on online learning materials.
The Global Center was proud to continue our collaborations with the IU School of Education and Dr. Vesna Dimitrieska in 2022. Highlights of these collaborations include a new cycle of the innovative “Principal’s Academy” which helped K-12 leaders think about how to comprehensively internationalize their schools. This spring, a new cohort of teachers presented their projects as part of the Global Literacy Invitations. Get inspired by checking out their projects now available online. This Fall, with the African Studies Program and the Global Center, the IU School of Education launched Global STEAM: free, immersive, one-day workshops for educators interested in the intersection of global literacy and STEAM education.
The Global Center was also proud to co-sponsor The Project School’s 2022 International Night on November 14, 2022. The Bloomington Project School is a K-8 charter school, specializing in project-based learning. The annual International Night allows students and their families an opportunity to experience ethnic and cultural traditions, customs, and crafts from around the world. Hosting a range of activities, such as motanka doll crafts, Arabic name-writing stations, performances from the IU Slavic Choir, the event’s co-sponsors included: IU’s Center for the Study of Global Change; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for the Study of the Middle East; Institute for European Studies; Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center; East Asian Studies Center; the Russian and East European Institute; and the African Studies Program. 98 attendees were present at the event!