Global Voices: UT’s new international speakers program

March 27, 2012 | UToday
By Staff

The Center for International Studies and Programs has created a new resource to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and understanding on UT campuses.

The international students and scholars registered with Global Voices will share their unique experiences and perspectives with peers in UT classes or serve on panel discussions for student groups and organizations.

“In most cases, our Global Voices’ speaker would take part in question-and-answer-style panels or presentations in front of UT students who are eager to learn about what life is like in other countries,” said Vince Schiavone, Global Voices coordinator. “The Center for International Studies and Programs is continuing to recruit international students and scholars to join Global Voices and has launched a new web page where students can register and where faculty and staff can request a speaker.”

“This is a great opportunity and another important step toward the internationalization of UT’s curriculum,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, Executive Director for the Center for International Studies and Programs. “I strongly encourage faculty, staff, advisers and students to participate in making Global Voices a success.”

To register as a member of Global Voices or request a speaker, click here.

“Building bridges of understanding between nations is crucial in today’s world,” said Cathy Zimmer, director of relations in the Center for International Studies and Programs. “Hearing about an international student or scholar’s experience and culture firsthand and incorporating this opportunity into the classroom is a great way to improve international relations and educate others about our similarities and differences.”

The Center for International Studies and Programs supports internationalization efforts at The University of Toledo by creating links among students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars and the community that foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. It encourages global citizenship through innovative educational, cultural and service-learning programming and through student and scholar exchanges.

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