As one of only nine National Resource Centers in Global Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives annually receives $458,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to support and strengthen its operation as a comprehensive language and global studies center.
With a focus on six themes and a rigorous evaluation plan, the Center is in this 2010-2014 NRC cycle significantly impacting the entire university including all 12 professional schools by:
- expanding language instruction and pedagogy through new lecturer positions in Arabic, Korean and Persian, FLAS priorities aimed at intermediate/advance level LCTLs, professional development of instructors, and the Languages Across the Curriculum program;
- developing the field of Global Studies through the creation of a tenure track faculty position, the development of two new seminars, and the strengthening of three service-learning courses and forums of collaboration;
- opening access to faculty, students, and staff in units needing greater global exposure such as Career Services, Alumni Office, American Indian Center, Center for Black History and Culture, STEM, Journalism, Social Work, Community Colleges, and HBCUs;
- building institutional capacity and expertise in Transnational Islam and Asia through new faculty positions, course development, and relationships with universities in Morocco, Egypt, UAB, Jordan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan;
- building global capacity in all five Health Professional Schools – Dental, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health – through conferences, research projects and course development;
- extending outreach through multimedia, technology, and art resources.