Are you globally minded? Do you wonder how your view of the world relates to that of the whole world?

The Global Engagement Living Learning Community merges you and your unique life experiences with Austin and the world. “Connecting the Global with the Local” is our motto.

Austin is a thriving and diverse city with opportunities and challenges that mirror those of other communities across the globe. In this LLC, you'll explore what it means to be part of an international community through the lens of many themes that unite all people and societies. 

You'll have an opportunity to work closely with partners in Austin on civic engagement projects that help you understand and appreciate the differences and similarities between our own way of life and other cultures. Through these experiences, we'll explore how a global perspective can help us tackle problems at the local level and vice-versa. 

Apply to the Global Engagement LLC

When filling out the online housing application, select a bed in Basil Moreau Hall on the 4th floor, rooms 301–316, 201–216 or 108–116. Global Engagement STEM majors must select a bed between rooms 301 and 316.

Fall 2017 Courses

Global Engagement LLC Seminar

FSTY 1121 – Global Engagement LLC Seminar
For all Global Engagement LLC students
Faculty member teaching this course: Santiago Toledo, PhD  

This one-hour seminar will help coordinate the conversation about ideas, topics and experiences between all the linked courses of the LLC. During our time together, we will explore global issues via co-curricular activities, civic-engagement projects and guest speakers. Our weekly meetings will aim at deepening the connection between you, the St. Edward’s community and its people, Austin and the world.

Human Ecology

FSTY 1321– Human Ecology 
Faculty member teaching this course: Barbara Dugelby, PhD

Over the past several decades, the environment has become the focus of increasing scientific interest and mounting concern. The issues we face as a global society necessitate that environmental research and action is collaborative and multidisciplinary. Human ecology, the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between humans and their natural, social and built environments, has grown out of this necessity.

This course will explore the human-environment relationship and environmental problem solving by critically examining the dynamic interaction between nature and society. A key objective of this course is to provide students with the training and tools to view and appreciate human communities and the landscape in which they are embedded through a new lens — through eyes of other cultures and disciplines.

Throughout the semester, students will explore core themes such as:

  • Local-global integration and interaction
  • The value of viewing the environment from different cultural perspectives
  • Local and regional responses to rapid and unpredictable change
  • How human ecology perspectives and tools can help efforts to bridge conservation and development

Students will gain an awareness and appreciation of diverse human-ecological systems through case studies from a range of geographic regions and representing a variety of socio-cultural settings, including the Texas Hill Country, Ecuadorean Andes and the Pacific Islands. The course activities will include:

  • Readings, group discussion and critical analysis
  • Experiential learning opportunities through field trips to rural areas near Austin
  • Guest lectures from local experts in a range of fields, including farmers, park personnel, anthropologists, landscape ecologists and geographers

The Global Media Lens

FSTY 1321 – The Global Media Lens 
Faculty member teaching this course: Jena Heath, PhD

So much of how we see the world and how the world sees us is framed by the media in each country. How do Ecuador’s citizens regard the changes made by leader Rafael Correa, who has moved to seriously limit and control press coverage? How much do Americans know about Ecuador at all? How do we understand the war in Syria when we watch CNN as opposed to BBC News as opposed to Al Jazeera? How do the 1.4 billion citizens of China understand the policies of that country's increasingly authoritarian leadership when the press is controlled by the state? How accurate is our own understanding of China, when western media coverage tends to focus on policy rather than the everyday lives of people?

Together, on our global campus, we will read, watch and listen to the news from countries around the world to gain a better understanding of the myriad laws and polices shaping it. We will work to gain a culturally specific understanding of the role media plays in all of our lives. We will consider how media, with its strengths and weaknesses, provides the lens through which we view one another. The course will include opportunities for experiential learning, such as attending the morning news meeting at an Austin news organization to see how editors make coverage decisions and reporting, writing and producing news stories about Austin's diverse global community. 

Chicana Activism: Women’s Studies in a Global Context

FSTY 1321 – Chicana Activism: Women’s Studies in a Global Context 
Faculty member teaching this course: Justine Hernandez, PhD

Mexican American women, Chicanas, write and theorize about their experiences in the United States. The course will explore how Chicana feminists connect their U.S. experiences to the lives of people across the globe. Students will study Chicana feminist writing, film, art and online activism as a way of understanding the intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexualities. Students will learn how people work from within their own lives to enact social change and improve the world. Students will continue developing their own understanding of global systems that affect women’s lives by completing class assignments and participating in experiential learning. This course will also introduce students to Women’s Studies and Mexican American Studies topics.

Forced Migration and Social Justice: Exploring the Global and Local Landscape of Displacement

FSTY 1321 – Forced Migration and Social Justice: Exploring the Global and Local Landscape of Displacement
Faculty member teaching this course: Laurie Cook Heffron, PhD

“At sea, a frightening number of refugees and migrants are dying each year. On land, people fleeing war are finding their way blocked by closed borders.” — United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

Migration is a central concern across the world — perhaps now more than ever — given the increasingly global and transnational nature of our communities. More than 65 million people were displaced in 2015 by conflict or persecution — 24 individuals displaced every minute (

This course will investigate the movement of marginalized populations within and across borders. Throughout the semester, students will explore a variety of theoretical frameworks for understanding forced migration and will survey humanitarian responses, resettlement services, domestic and international policies, and grassroots advocacy work with migrating individuals and families, including undocumented immigrants, asylees, internally displaced persons, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. The course will draw from both global and local expertise, incorporate community-based experiential learning opportunities, and offer direct integration of classroom content with contemporary issues related to both policy and practice at the local, state, national and international levels. 

The Story Behind the Story

FSTY 1321 – The Story Behind the Story
Faculty member teaching this course: Regina Faunes, PhD 

In this course, students will be exposed to a variety of texts from Latin America, including short stories, poetry, film, music, essays, graffiti and articles. The course will emphasize the social, political and economic circumstances portrayed in these texts, as well as how these phenomena are similar to, differ from, and intersect with similar events and circumstances in Austin, Texas and the United States. A component of the course will include a visit to and an interview with one of the many NGOs serving the Latin American diaspora in Austin.