Key Initiative 11:
Global Community Center

Preparing students to become effective members of and leaders in the global community is a primary function of the liberal arts and has always been a central focus of Cedar Crest’s mission. This is an educational goal that will continue to increase in importance, especially for women, as the world becomes more globalized.

Nineteen faculty from eight departments have collaborated to develop an interdisciplinary Center for Global Community. This Center will promote discourse, study, and action on issues that affect the global community in five core areas: Religion, Culture, and Societies; Environmental Stewardship; Social & Environmental Justice; International Studies, including business, finance, and international affairs; and Global Health, with a special focus on how these affect women. In concert with Cedar Crest’s mission to develop women leaders, the Center will strive to educate students and equip them with leadership skills to address issues of global importance in these areas.

The Center will create a multidisciplinary space that brings together faculty, students, and staff to study, discuss, and plan ways to explore and define effective roles for women in the global community. It will provide a location for the integration of faculty expertise on global issues, including research and publication on issues of global significance, sponsoring lectures and forums, Living Learning Communities, and other curricular and co-curricular activities that promote the study of engagement in global concerns such as environmental degradation, the effect of globalization and poverty, environmental and social justice, and the treatment of women.

The Center will support the new Global Studies major and promote initiatives contained in the Study Abroad Proposal, both of which are discussed elsewhere in the Strategic Plan, such as international study, service learning and internships, scholarships, and sister-college relationships abroad.

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