Global Learning Colloquium: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design (STEAM’D)

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2018 Call for Proposals

Rethinking Interdisciplinary Approaches to 21st Century Global Challenges - Registration opens in early 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

The world is constantly changing. Shifting demographics, climates, and politics create unprecedented global challenges. Opportunities to address these challenges require new ways of thinking and new ways of collaborating.

This colloquium will provide examples of innovative approaches to global problems; highlighting cross-cultural and global opportunities to engage students in interdisciplinary problem-solving through the lenses of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design (STEAM’D). Experts will guide exploration of ways to shift faculty and student mindsets towards global, interdisciplinary, and resilient approaches to the challenges of the 21st century.

What You Will Gain From Participating:

  • High impact global learning practices
  • Unique perspectives on understanding global problems within the context of your specialty
  • Opportunities for developing new global partnerships


  • Integrating STEAM’D education to address complex global issues
  • High-impact global learning approaches
  • Cross-cultural communication

NAFSA thanks Rutgers University–Camden for its generous support of this event.



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Check In & Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Overview

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Presentation: The Importance of Cross-Disciplinary Global Learning to Address 21st Century Challenges

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Presentation & Panel Discussion: Integration of Resiliency across Curriculum Facilitated Small Group Discussions: Shifting faculty from sustainability paradigms to resilience paradigms

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel Presentation (Part I): New Paradigms of Thinking, Collaborating and Designing for the Future Facilitated Small Group Discussions: Applying new paradigms to your curriculum

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Panel Presentation: Need for Rethinking Interdisciplinary Approaches: Industry Perspectives

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Panel Presentation (Part II): Innovative Approaches to Integrating Global Learning into Curriculum Facilitated Small Group Discussions: Applying new paradigms to your curriculum

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Conclusion: Summary & Next Steps

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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2018 Presenters


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