Global Understanding Workshops

Every semester University Programs coordinates a three-hour experiential workshop for the students in the CULF 3330 and CULF 3331 courses.

Global Understanding Workshop

Global Understanding workshops have become a centerpiece of the experience of students enrolled in both CULF 3330:  History and Evolution of Global Processes and CULF 3331:  Contemporary World Issues. The workshops explore significant global issues with a direct focus on the social justice and local implications of the issue considered, including ways in which students can respond with meaningful, concrete actions.  The workshops attempt to organize a high impact activity (small group discussion, activities, and reflective writing) that integrates smoothly into the curricular goals as we seek to help students understand the complexities of global issues and how course materials will give them knowledge and skills to understand and better respond to the challenges of our increasingly interconnected world.  The experience of the workshop and solutions considered at each table serve as the basis for a class assignment on the Social Justice implications of the problem and proposed solution/s, which is a learning outcome for each of the courses.

student papermaking

Papermaking workshop, fall 2015.

We were fortunate to be able to work closely with the Kozmetsky Center to align some programming that complemented the workshops.  These opportunities have been beneficial for our students and have allowed them to engage intellectually with a broader variety of issues that could be covered in the workshops themselves, and to hear a broader variety of perspectives.  Additionally, we identified films to show that served the same purpose, and had appropriate faculty moderate discussions afterward.  We invite experts from off campus, either to work with the workshops themselves as speakers or in the development, or to give public presentations or offer opportunities for faculty development related to their area of expertise. 

The workshops have also provided meaningful internship opportunities for students who are interested in global issues and social justice.  In the preparation and delivery of the workshops, we have been very fortunate to have the expertise of faculty from across the campus to work with student interns as we work to master complex materials and to ensure meaningful workshop experiences. 

Workshop for Fall 2017: Global Refugees: Flight, Displacement, and Resettlement

Across the globe, more than 65 million people were displaced by conflict or persecution last year, the highest number ever recorded according to the Unite Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. During this year’s workshop, Global Refugees: Flight, Displacement, & Resettlement, participants will examine the scope and dynamics behind global displacement and forced migration, in addition to the lived experiences of refugees during flight, displacement and resettlement in a new country. Participants will have an opportunity to focus on specific geographic regions and to discuss and develop responses rooted in social justice.  

2017 Global Understanding Workshop Dates:

  • Monday, September 25 @ 5-8pm  
  • Monday, October 2 @ 5-8pm       
  • Tuesday, October 17 @ 5-8pm  
  • Friday, October 20 @ 2-5pm          
  • Saturday, November 11 @ 10-1pm
  • Tuesday, November 14 @ 5-8pm     
  • Wednesday November 29 @ 5-8pm

To reschedule your workshop, please email Jennifer Ansier: jennj [at]

For an archive of previous workshops, click here.