CRGE Events

AAC&U Global Learning Conference

October 7 – 9, 2021

CRGE director Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler and other Elon faculty members presented at the yearly AAC&U Global Learning Conference. In this year’s conference, attendees explored practical and theoretical approaches to re-imagining global education at the course, department, and institutional levels. It offers an opportunity to examine tactics and strategies for ensuring global learning is more equitable and inclusive as well as aligned with students’ and societies’ needs. The goal of this year’s event was to explore the theme “Global Learning Reimagined.”

Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, Kris Acheson-Clair, Susan Buck Sutton, Kate Patch, Jasmine Epps, and Dawn Michele Whitehead presenting at the AAC&U Global Learning Conference.

There were two presentations featuring Elon faculty. A dialogue for learning session entitled, “Reimagining Mentored Undergraduate Research in Global Contexts,” Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, director of the Center for Research on Global Engagement and professor of psychology at Elon, co-presented with four colleagues including Kris Acheson-Clair from Purdue University, Susan Buck Sutton, with the Institute of International Education, Kate Patch from Grinnell College and Dawn Michele Whitehead, a vice president at AAC&U. Presenters elaborated on the three types of mentoring, their study’s themes, and the Ten Salient Practices of Mentoring framework, developed by Eric Hall and colleagues during a Center for Engaged Learning Seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research.

The second presentation was a Pecha Kucha (“chit chat” in Japanese) session in which presenters showed 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Amy Allocco, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Multifaith Scholars Program, and Caroline Ketcham, professor and chair of exercise science, each presented high-quality models of mentored undergraduate research in global contexts.

In addition, Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, Olivia Choplin, Associate Professor of French in the WLC department, and Philip Motley, Associate Professor of Communication Design, were a part of the conference planning committee that developed the conference’s themes and program. To view the conference’s program, click here.

*Excerpts were taken from the ‘Today at Elon’ story

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DIS Interdisciplinary Scandinavian Panel for Elon University

January 18, 2021

During Elon University’s winter term, students from various courses attended a panel discussion by faculty with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation that partners with Elon to facilitate global educational experiences in Scandinavia, with semester abroad programs in Copenhagen and Stockholm. In this panel, experts discussed global dilemmas concerning COVID-19 vaccinations. Three DIS faculty members with different areas of expertise led the presentation. Holger Sandte, a professor of globalization and European economics, focused on the pandemic’s economic impact. Jeanette Erbo Wern, a doctor in immunology, elaborated on the different COVID-19 vaccines. Finally, David D. Possen, a DIS faculty member since 2014, focused on the bioethical decisions related to vaccine distribution. Students in each of the courses submitted questions in advance, and Dr. Lauren Guilmette, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Elon University, moderated the lively discussion.

The panel was as interactive as it was informative, given that 120 students and faculty were divided into breakout rooms to discuss priorities when vaccines are limited and complications with the rise of more contagious variants in some countries in Europe and regions in Africa. Each group chose a student to pose as a CDC officer reporting back their conclusions to the larger community. In the end, the engaging panel inspired further remote collaborations, including a group of students studying abroad and graduate students in the Masters of Higher Education program at Elon University.

To read more on the event, follow this link to access a featured article at ‘Today at Elon.’

*Excerpts from Elons News Network were used to write this description.

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Virtual Think Tank on Undergraduate Research in a Global Context

October 6, 2020

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, a virtual think tank on “Mentoring Undergraduate Research (UR) in Global Contexts” was co-facilitated by Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, Director of the Center for Research on Global Engagement and Professor of Psychology at Elon University, Dawn Whitehead, Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Elizabeth Frohlich, Director for Programs and Resources at the Forum on Education Abroad.

Twenty-eight professionals, who are actively engaged in the work of integrating mentored UR and diversity/global learning, participated in the three-hour think tank. Four faculty from Elon co-facilitated two of three World Café breakout sessions. Associate Professor of Religious Studies Amy Allocco and Associate Professor of Anthropology Mussa Idris co-facilitated a session on “Local-global partnerships and UR mentoring practices during a pandemic.” Eric Hall and Caroline Ketcham, both professors of exercise science, co-facilitated “Salient practices for distance mentoring of UR.” The third breakout featured Eric Hartman and Nora Reynolds from Haverford College and The Community-Based Global Learning Collaborative, who talked about “Flipped classroom, open-access introductions to participatory methods across power differentials.”

Jennifer Wiley, Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, Eric Hartman, Nora Reynolds, Kate Patch, Paul Miller, Darla Deardorff, and Elizabeth Frohlich participated in this World Café discussion.

Also included among the 28 participants were Elon faculty members Matt Buckmaster, Jen Hamel, and Paul Miller.

The think tank concluded with a session on building a collaboration and developing next steps, facilitated by Kris Acheson-Clair of Purdue University and Jennifer Wiley of James Madison University. Acheson-Clair identified three particularly salient themes in the conversation: 1) Increasing access to UR opportunities in global contexts in our new virtual context; 2) Emphasizing intercultural/global outcomes of undergraduate global research with intentionality and accountability; and 3) Attending to key issues of power differentials, impact, and sustainability. Future actions by the group include collaborative research proposals, presentations, and publications, as well as building a hub of resources to share more broadly.

To read more on the event, follow this link to access a featured article at ‘Today at Elon.’