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International Education Matters

Agnes Scott College’s Center for Global Learning applauds the recent affirmation of the role of international education and the importance of international students. As an institution that has welcomed international students for many years, we know about the transformative presence of students and scholars with different cultural backgrounds. Our global program would not be possible without the perspecives of community members who contribute aspects their life experiences, their worldviews, their languages, and their cultural experiences to shape the educational fabric of Agnes Scott College. The recent story about Aluel Deng Arou’s outlook on climate change and climate justice is a case in point: Alue’s experience is a crucial element of Agnes Scott’s upcoming conference Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice.

Over the past year, the COVID pandemic has created significant challenges and barriers for international learning. Agnes Scott’s international community demonstrated resilience and endurance as students and faculty engaged with the situation and we are stronger for it. We look forward to a better year filled with new global opportunities and insights.

Read the full text of the statement here and watch Secretary Blinken’s opening remarks:

ASC Hosts Global Climate Justice Conference

The SUMMIT Center for Global Learning is excited about the upcoming Second Annual Women’s Global Leadership Conference (Sep 23-25, 2021), dedicated to Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice. Sustainability, climate change, and climate justice are core elements of the SUMMIT global learning and leadership curriculum. The conference will serve as a forum to bring together activists, political leaders, and private sector representatives to discuss solutions to the climate crisis and emphasize the contributions that liberal arts learning can make for a more just world.

ASC students participate for free, follow the evolving program here and check out some of the exciting keynote speakers already confirmed:

Congratulations Global Scotties

International students form a core part of Agnes Scott’s global learning focus. They contribute their intercultural perspectives, their language expertise, and they model many different ways of global citizenship. At the Center for Global Learning we are grateful for the many wonderful moments with our international students and we would like to congratulate the following global Scotties:

Sofia Aladas – Graduated with a BA in Political Science and Economics

Hannah Brendell – Graduated with a BA in International Relations

Nicemode Charles – Graduated with a BA in Biochemistry and Economics

Hajar Harda – Graduated with a BA in Psychology 

Princesse Karemera – Graduated with a BA in Economics . 

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Mihika Rao – Graduated with a BA in Astrophysics and Economics and was accepted with a full scholarship to the PhD program at the University of Virginia starting fall 2021. 

Ting Xue – Graduated with a BA in Physics

Weiyi Zhou – Graduated with a BA in Biology and minor in Chemistry and was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Please be in touch and let us celebrate your milestones with you!

Journeys Through My Eyes – Marine Ecosystems

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing Katherine’s perspectives on Journeys 2021 #JourneysMarineEcosystems21

Katherine Blank ’23 shares her reflection on and her photos from her Journeys experience as a Schmidt Global Student Leader.

“It was a very interesting experience seeing the cultural differences in Belize and how they are trying to protect their environment for the future.”

Thank you for sharing your perspective and also for helping to lead this section of Journeys, Katherine!

For Journeys 21 Marine Ecosystems, we had the pleasure to work with Learn From Travel! Learn more about Learn From Travel on their website, linked here – Learn From Travel

Journeys Through My Eyes – Astronomy and Discovery

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing Bria’s perspectives on Journeys 2021 #JourneysAstronomy&Discovery21

Bria King ’24 shares her reflection on and her photos from her Journeys experience.

“I really enjoyed the cultural and nature aspects of Journeys, specifically our Bomba dance workshop, Mofongo cooking workshop, and our meeting with the astronomy society from University of Central Florida! The business meetings were a bit tedious, but they were informative!”

Thank you so much for your reflection and photos, Bria!

For Journeys Astronomy & Discovery, we had the pleasure to work with Learn from Travel and Spanish Studies Abroad. Please find more information about Learn from Travel and Spanish Studies Abroad on their respective websites, linked here – Learn From Travel, Spanish Studies Abroad

Journeys Through My Eyes – Identity, Globalization, and Social Change

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing a student perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysIdentityGlobalization21

Evie McGovern ’24 shares their reflection on and some photos from their Journeys experience.

“While this was not the Journeys trip we were expecting, I’m very grateful to my professor for doing her best to make it as immersive as possible. Our topic was “Identity, Globalization, and Social Change” and we focused on Bulgaria. Through Journeys, we were able to meet with women in Bulgaria and learn about their lives as Bulgarians and Europeans, but also to meet with people who immigrated to the US from Bulgaria and how that choice has affected their lives. It was really interesting to be able to examine the concepts of identity and globalization through both a European and American view and to see how different factors, such as Bulgaria’s recent EU membership or ongoing social change because of this, impact the way different Bulgarians feel about the country. We heard engaging stories about art and family from the people we talked to and got to learn about the incredibly rich history of Bulgaria and how its traditions are carried on today both there and in the US.”

Thank you so much for the beautiful photos and your reflection, Evie!

For Journeys Identity, Globalization, and Social Change, we had the pleasure to work with Learn from Travel and Customized Educational Programs Abroad. Please find more information about Learn from Travel and CEPA on their respective websites, linked here – Learn From Travel, CEPA

Journeys Through My Eyes – Diversity and Health

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing a student perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysDiversity&Health21

Kayla Jones ’24 volunteered to share her experience with us today.

“My Journey’s experience was very empowering for many different reasons. It was a wonderful experience because even though I wasn’t able to physically travel, I was able to interact and learn from others who live in different countries. It was also amazing to learn new healing methods I hope to use one day. I am interested in public health so when learning more about the global disparities we face as a society it empowered me to bring awareness to this and one day be apart of the positive change I hope to see one day. Some healing methods I learned was a method that used an egg to get rid of head aches and bad energy. When you crack the egg you can see the bad energy leaving after a few cycles of cleansing your body of these energies. A photo that impacted me greatly and really pushed me to bring awareness was a photo of a man who passed away from Covid, covered up on a bench in the middle of the street, with a sign saying “I called 911 3 times”. This illustrated the inequities and disparities in health around the world.”

Thank you for sharing both your perspective and your photos, Kayla!

For Journeys Diversity & Health, we had the pleasure to work with Learn from Travel. Please find more information about Learn from Travel on its website, linked here – Learn From Travel

Journeys Through My Eyes – Music, Art, and Community

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing a student perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysMusic21

Ja’Zmin A. McKeel ’24 shares her reflection on her Journeys experience (and her photos!)

“This experience was invaluable regardless of its virtual nature. I learned that being or becoming a global citizen is not just about the exploration of the unknown aspects of foreign places. However, it’s about exploring the unknown in your own backyard which leads you to gain an appreciation and understanding of the impressions that the unknown has made on your known.”

Thank you for sharing, Ja’Zmin! We love to hear how you’ve come to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen.

For Journeys Music, Art, and Community, we had the pleasure to work with Amizade and Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about Amizade and Education Travel Adventures on their respective websites, linked here – Amizade, Education Travel Adventures

Journeys Through My Eyes – Global Cities

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing Nia’s perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysGlobalCities21

Nia Harris ’24 shared her experience with us and took some great photos.

“My global journeys immersion experience was unique. Though I traveled to places virtually, I still learned about the cultural differences between China and the U.S, and how because of this China was able to get COVID under control. I appreciated what the sessions we went to and all the different locale Beijing college students I got to talk to.”

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and desk set-up, Nia!

For Journeys Global Cities, we had the pleasure to work with Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about Education Travel Adventures on its website, linked here – Education Travel Adventures

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