Students taking courses that have integrated the Global Citizenship Course Module are required to participate in a global dialogue with peers around the world. The global student dialogues will be offered between September and December 2023.
The Zoom dialogues will last for 90 minutes and be offered in multiple weeks over the course of the semester and at different times of day (to accommodate different time zones).
- The Zoom dialogues will last for 90 minutes and be offered in multiple weeks over the course of the semester and at different times of day (to accommodate different time zones).
- A facilitator (a professor or staff member from an IAJU institution) will convene a group of about 25-30 students in a Zoom room. The importance of open and friendly discussion, respect for different points of view, and equal participation by all will be emphasized. Native English speakers will be reminded to speak slowly and clearly.
- After a brief welcome, the facilitator will send the students into Zoom breakout rooms of 6-7 students from around the world. They will first introduce themselves to one another and then address the question: “How do you experience global issues in your local community?” (For example – climate change, health challenges, social inequality, refugees and migration, war and conflict, technological transformation, etc.)
- The groups will reconvene together and a volunteer student rapporteur from each group will share 3 or 4 or five main points from the discussion (in two minutes maximum).
- The facilitator will then send the same groups back into their breakout rooms to discuss the second question: “How can students at Jesuit universities work together to have a positive impact as global citizens?” (For example through local environmental and social justice initiatives, transnational collaboration across our institutions, etc.)
- The groups will reconvene together and another student volunteer rapporteur from each group will share 3 or 4 or five main points from the discussion (in two minutes maximum).
- The facilitator will thank the students and ask the rapporteurs to share the main points of their discussions in writing for posting to the project website (without any attribution by name).
Students will not be evaluated on their participation. The breakout sessions will not be recorded.
A spreadsheet indicating which students have participated will be made available to professors.
English is the default language, but we envision one or more dialogues in Spanish or Portuguese as well. Other language groups might be included if there is demand.