NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Human Rights

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework for Global Learning across the Curriculum

Friday, May 29, 2015
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Boston, Massachusetts
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Pacific ABC

What are the most promising educational programs for helping students meet global learning goals in the context of complex, real-world challenges?  

What do faculty members and students need to understand when developing their global skills and knowledge through engagement with local and global communities?

As the United Nations finalizes work on its new sustainable development goals, higher education has a key role to play in providing students with the tools to help achieve these goals, with the provision of human rights for all a priority.

This colloquium will explore how issues surrounding human rights require both global and cross-disciplinary cooperation in pursuit of solutions, and may provide a key framework that enhances global learning. Experts will facilitate discussion around how the principles of problem-based learning can be applied to incorporate human rights education into curricula across the disciplines.

Participants will work with expert facilitators and in small groups to:

  • Explore an important global challenge from multiple perspectives.
  • Examine how students integrate learning across disciplines and divisions.
  • Share models of curricula that are built around complex global problems.
  • Map global learning activities and strategies for moving global learning forward as an institutional priority.

You Should Attend

  • If you are a dean, faculty member, senior international officer, or program director involved with education programming or curriculum development.
  • If you are charged with incorporating a global perspective into the curriculum.

What You Will Gain from Participating

  • Insights and successful strategies for developing global learning opportunities.
  • Knowledge and examples of desired student outcomes for global learning.
  • Strategies to engage faculty and administration in global learning.


Friday, May 29
8:00 a.m.-8:10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Heather MacCleoud, Associate Director of Academic Programs, NAFSA
8:10 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Framing Session

Eric Popkin, PhD, Director of the Global Social Innovation Program, and Associate Professor of Sociology, Colorado College
9:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.  Responsibility to Protect: Beyond National Sovereignty 

Dimitry Anselme. MEd, Director of Program Staff Development, Facing History and Ourselves
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. From the MDGs to the SDGs: A Discussion of the United Nations' Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

Pamela Chasek, PhD, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the International Studies Program, Manhattan College
10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m. Collaborative Opportunity 

Eric Popkin, PhD
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address
Education, Law, and Development: Why Language Matters
Participants will join colleagues in the Global Learning Colloquium on Legal Education for a shared lunch and keynote address. 

Kate Jastram, JD, Executive Director of the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, and Lecturer in Residence, University of California Berkeley, School of Law
1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Collaborative Opportunity

Eric Popkin, PhD, Colorado College
1:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m.  Wrap-up: How to Continue the Conversation

Eric Popkin, PhD Colorado College
3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Conference Plenary Address

Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Laureate, Human Rights Activist, Journalist, and Founder of Women Journalism without Chains

(Times and agenda subject to change.)

Relevant Sessions and Meetings at NAFSA 2015

  • Preconference Workshop: Internationalizing the Curriculum: A Comprehensive Approach ($)
    Tuesday, May 26, 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., BCEC 153A
  • Open Meeting: Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community Update
    Tuesday, May 26, 1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m., BCEC 206AB
  • Open Meeting: Internationalizing Our Classroom Roundtable
    Tuesday, May 26, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., BCEC 259B
  • New Horizons in Student Engagement for Intercultural Learning
    Wednesday, May 27, 10:15 a.m-11:15 a.m., BCEC 157BC
  • MIG Meeting: Peace, Justice and Citizen Diplomacy, and United Nations
    Wednesday, May 27, 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Westin Waterfront Hotel, Alcott
  • Poster Fair: Internationalizing the Campus and Curriculum
    Wednesday, May 27, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., BCEC Hall A, Poster Fair Area
  • Using Bloom's Taxonomy to Assess Intercultural Values, Awareness, and Empathy
    Wednesday, May 27, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m., BCEC 206AB
  • Examining Diversity in the Intercultural Classroom
    Thursday, May 28, 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m., BCEC 206AB
  • Educating the Educators: Global and Cultural Awareness in Faculty Development
    Thursday, May 28, 2:00 p.m-3:15 p.m., BCEC 156A
  • Thursday Plenary Address: Ishmael Beah
    Thursday, May 28, 4:00 p.m-5:30 p.m., BCEC Grand Ballroom
  • Role of Higher Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
    Friday, May 29, 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m., BCEC 157A
  • Open Meeting: Faculty and Curriculum Development
    Friday, May 29, 11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., BCEC 259B
  • Beyond the Central Campus: Systemwide Faculty Engagement in Internationalization
    Friday, May 29, 1:30 p.m-2:30 p.m., BCEC 252AB
  • Friday Plenary Address: Tawakkol Karman
    Friday, May 29, 3:00 p.m-4:15 p.m., BCEC Grand Ballroom


Member type Registration One colloquium 2nd colloquium
Member (With registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $229 $149
Member (Without registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $329 $229
Nonmember (With registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $329 $249
Nonmember (Without registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $429 $329
Student (With/without registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $150 $150