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World, University, and You: A globally focused learning community for KU freshmen

Monday, September 23, 2019

This fall, the Academic Accelerator Program, Study Abroad and Global Engagement, and the Office of First Year Experience collaborated to offer a section of UNIV 101 that provides a living-learning community for international and domestic students who are interested in having a more immersive global experience during their time at KU.

“It’s exciting and rewarding to work with colleagues across campus to support international and domestic students in applying a global lens to their experiences at KU and around Lawrence. The important work happening within this community of learners will shape how students find and use their voice in the years to come,” said Amy Neufeld, managing director of the AAP.

This course provides a platform for meaningful dialogue on global perspectives and global issues. Students will attend field trips, work on projects and participate in discussions to help students understand how and where they can learn about and become connected and involved with the larger world beyond KU.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to instruct a first-year seminar course where students are able to engage in conversations about university resources and university life with peers from across the globe. It’s exciting to see first-year students are invested and interested in examining course topics through a global perspective and learning from one another’s experiences along the way,” said Katelynn Giraldo, AAP student services advisor and UNIV instructor. “My career has focused on advocating for international students’ needs, as they pursue an education in the U.S. It has been enlightening and exciting to learn from my co-instructor, Michele Arellano, who advocates for and prepares domestic students to study abroad. Our shared knowledge and the global interests of our students combine to form a vibrant learning environment.”

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