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    September 2009

    Global Readiness

    Global Reach Initiatives at UNC Charlotte Strengthen Opportunities for Faculty and Staff Engagement

    Conversations examining UNC Charlotte’s efforts to engage a wide-range of constituents led to the development of five pillars that would guide communication initiatives with faculty, staff, students and the broader community. Global Reach was identified as one of the key areas – an area that spanned academic, business and student affairs initiatives. It is one of the five pillars and assures that the international efforts of the campus will be prominently highlighted as an integral part of UNC Charlotte. Research, teaching, learning, service, diversity initiatives and programming incorporate objectives to develop the soft skills necessary for intercultural competence. The effort is a recognition of the level of international activity and opportunities at UNC Charlotte and a demonstration of the University’s commitment to preparing globally-aware graduates.

    The integration of international perspective across the UNC Charlotte campus has been supported through the development of strategic internationalization plans. Each college has been challenged to develop a plan that specifically addresses the areas of integration between the college’s field of study and opportunities for international understanding by both faculty and students. Innovative programs have emerged that provide unique opportunities to develop skills in intercultural competence such as a study abroad program in cooperation with the Music Conservatory of Vicenza, Italy through the Department of Music and a robust partnership between the College of Health and Human Services and the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte.

    “We are indeed fortunate that the UNC Tomorrow initiative provided our campus community with the opportunity to strengthen an already existing emphasis and tradition at UNC Charlotte. We have long recognized that preparing our students with the necessary tools to compete in our knowledge based global economy in essential,” says Joël Gallegos, Assistant Provost for International Programs.

    These college commitments to meaningful and relevant global applications of their field continue to drive student and faculty engagement in global readiness and are recognized as essential components of a competitive and vibrant university. In conjunction with focused efforts to emphasize the global activity on campus, UNC Charlotte is poised to offer faculty, staff, students and the Charlotte community strengthened opportunities for international advancement. 

     

    For further information please contact

    Rebecca Vincent

    Coordinator of International Initiatives

    704-687-7305

    rebecca.vincent@uncc.edu