2023 EPIC Symposium: Integrating Global Topics into Community College Curricula

Sat May 20th 2023, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Event Sponsor
Stanford Global Studies Division
Encina Commons 123 (615 Crothers Way), Stanford University

At the annual Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) Symposium, community college faculty and administrators from across the U.S. will gather in person to discuss ways to prepare students for a world that is increasingly interconnected. Join us for our eighth annual symposium about the challenges and opportunities of developing global studies at community colleges. 

The day will include presentations from Stanford faculty as well as community college professors who have collaborated with Stanford University partners to integrate international topics into their curricula. Presentations will feature adapted lesson plans and course material as well as strategies for reaching diverse student populations. This event is free and open to all community college faculty, administrators, librarians, and counselors. 

Participants are invited to attend the in-person event on the Stanford campus. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for attendees. Registration is free but required for attendance (the deadline to register is May 15, 2023). 

Register for the EPIC Symposium

There will be professional photography and videography at this event.

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please contact us at stanfordglobalstudies [at] gmail.com (stanfordglobalstudies[at]gmail[dot]com). Kindly note that requests should be made by May 5, 2023.


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Registration and breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Introduction & Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker: Ran Abramitzky, Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Stanford Federal Credit Union Professor of Economics, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | EPIC Faculty Fellows Panel on Curriculum Development

Presentations on EPIC projects developed in collaboration with the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education

  • Mark Rauzon (Laney College): Breaking up in the Being Sea: Russia/US/Climate Change Chaos and the Effect on Native Communities and Bering Sea Ecology
  • Amy Coren (Pasadena City College): Beyond WEIRD: Reconceptualizing the Introduction to Psychology course
  • Fran Farazdaghi (Golden West College): An Expanded Boundary of Care: Global Citizenship in the Modern World
  • Yuliana Mendez (Yuba Community College): Expanding the Borders of Personal Finance Curriculum Through Global Perspectives
  • Michelle Macfarlane (Sierra College): Decolonizing the United States Food System
  • Elisa Queenan (Porterville College): International Virtual Collaboration: Where the Only Thing More Unpredictable Than Your Wi-Fi Is the Conversation

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Lunch with Global Educators Network (GEN) Executive Board Members

  • Cynthia Brannvall (Foothill College)
  • Marina Broeder (Mission College)
  • Chesa Caparas (De Anza College)
  • Scott Lankford (Foothill College)

1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | EPIC Faculty Fellows Panel on Digital Learning Resources

Presentations on EPIC projects developed in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis

  • Beth Flynn (Porterville College): The Current and Future State of Entrepreneurial and Engineering Chaos
  • Dayamudra Dennehy (City College of San Francisco): Humanizing ESL Online: Training English Language Learners for Wellness and Resilience With Skills for the 21st Century Global Workforce
  • Tom Chen (Santa Monica College): Engaging Students in Creating a Database of Inclusive Transnational and Cross-Cultural Biology Role Models
  • Alison Gurganus (San Diego Mesa College): Meeting the Information Literacy Needs of All Curricular Areas Through Globalized Canvas Modules
  • Allison Tripp (Chaffey College): Integrating Global Oral Histories and Storytelling to Increase Equity and Shift Perspective

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | EPIC Leadership Fellows Panel

  • Debbie Lee (De Anza College): Revitalizing Global Studies
  • Angela Yang (Saddleback College): Globalizing the ESL Curriculum
  • Adam Wetsman (Rio Hondo College): Assisting Faculty with Globalizing Curriculum
  • Michael Odu (San Diego Miramar College): Reimagining International Education at San Diego Miramar College

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Presentation of Certificates and Closing Remarks

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