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Meet the 2019 EPIC Community College Fellows

Marina Broeder

Marina Broeder

English as a Second Language Instructor, Mission College
Project: Enriching Community College Culture through Global Growth Mindsets
My EPIC project will explore how as educators we can leverage the richness of experiences and culture that people of diverse cultural backgrounds, including immigrants and international students, bring to the community colleges in the U.S. I am curi-ous to research and present on whether the concepts of growth mindset differ depending on the culture and history and how as educators we can use this knowledge to help guide and motivate our students towards academic success and personal growth. My hope is to facilitate more opportunities for cross cultural learning on campus to benefit all students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.

Mary Conroy-Zouzoulas

Global Studies and Psychology Instructor, Coordinator Study Abroad, San Jose City College 
Project: Using Images and Media Resources for Exploring Global Issues
How can images and media be used to foster global awareness and the understanding of the complexity of global issues? I plan to develop a set of modules using the Canvas LMS focused on global issues that might be used in a number of community college classes. Each module would include introductory mate-rial, links to media images such as photos, drawings (cartoons, anime, etc.), infographics and ways to introduce the images/media, analyze them and use them to foster polycentric views of the world. 

Dave Dillon

Counseling Faculty and Professor, Grossmont College
Project: Internationalizing College Success Open Educational Resource by Adding Cultural Competency Content
I will survey existing OER from different countries and implement appropriate fitting cultural competency content to allow for a broader worldview for students. With guidance from Stanford staff and feedback from my cohort, I plan to develop the content or write original content to fill in the gaps. Peer review and addi-tional editing will conclude with implementation of the content into the Blueprint for Success in College and Career OER text. This will allow students and faculty access to the improved text, which will foster greater student engagement and success, and encour-age easier adoption and adaption in other countries. 

Jennifer Fiebig

Psychology Instructor, Pasadena City College
Project: Back to Basics: How to Create an Interdisciplinary Global Studies Program (ADT) by Partnering with and Fostering Pathways to CSUs/UCs
As of May 2018, there are 14 ADTs in ‘global studies’ at California Community Colleges (CCC Chancellor’s Office). The aim of my project is to generate guidelines of best practices and recommen-dations for internationalizing the curriculum through a thorough meta-analysis to aid Pasadena City College and other CCCs in creating and establishing an Interdisciplinary Global Studies Program (ADT).  


Andrew Hill

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. Philip’s College
Project: Approaches to Engaging Faculty in the Process of Internationalization
I have proposed the creation of a professional development workshop for faculty members, titled “Global Humanitarian Values in the Classroom,” that will be tailored for, and presented to, the three academic divisions on my home campus, and to fac-ulty members at our four sister institutions in the Alamo Colleges District (Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, and San Antonio College), for a total of seven presentations during the 2018-2019 academic year. The aim is to encourage our academic communities to teach, debate, and research basic humanitarian issues from a global perspective.

Chigusa Katoku

Director of International Programs, Mission College
Project: Creating Outbound Study Abroad Opportunities through Global Partnerships
I can honestly say that my own study abroad experiences truly transformed me. I would not be here doing what I love doing if it weren’t for those experiences. That being said, my EPIC project is to create and implement an outbound study abroad program for Mission College students by building on and expanding the existing partnerships with foreign institutions. I believe through the study abroad program, our students will develop essential 21st century skills, gain intercultural insight and competencies, make new friends, and return to Mission College as true global citizens infusing the campus with global perspectives. 

Philip Tran

Business Instructor, San Jose City College
Project: Business Etiquette in a Global Economy
My goal for the EPIC Fellows Program is to develop the tools to successfully manage the different business cultures, protocols and etiquettes that today’s modern business professional might encounter in a global business setting. These issues often start with language and cultural differences and barriers that both parties are unaware of. Knowing and following the business protocol and etiquette your client/partners adheres to can make the difference in a successful relationship. 


Don Uy-Barreta

Economics Instructor, De Anza College
Project: Why Different Economies Have Different Results from the Same Economies Policies Enacted
Economic policies can be predictive but there may be times that the results vary differently from what was expected. For example, did austerity measure strengthen both Germany and Greece in the same way? If so, why and what should be considered so that the desired economic outcome is achieved. I’m interested in research-ing how and why different countries have different unexpected results from the same economic policy enacted by other countries. 

Nancy Willet

Co-chair of Business & Information Systems Department, College of Marin
Project: Forum Shopping Spree, Adding a Global Perspective to the Legal Environment of Business
Forum shopping is a practice in law whereby a litigant strategically “cherry-picks” a particular court based on where s/he most likely can win big. It comes up in transnational business situations when U.S. jurisdiction and “choice of law” are considered favorable for litigation due to the possibility of substantial judgment awards. The forum shopping spree in this project is an opportunity to broaden the jurisdictional boundaries of my current business law course content and incorporate global topics such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, GDPR, CISG, WIPO, offshore holdings, etc. — so that my business students will become adept global managers and entrepreneurs and big winners as a result. It will also provide the option to further develop our Global Studies AA-T program and potential CGBP certification.

Irene Young

Instructor of Psychology, St. Philip’s College
Project: Cross-cultural Altruism and Social Cognition: Who do we help? When do we help? How do we help? 
As a globalized social psychology course, curriculum will be designed to introduce students to global learning to broaden their scope of knowledge about how various cultures define, interpret and express altruism. Student learning outcomes will focus on:  1) identifying cross-cultural definitions of altruism; 2) analyzing cultural viewpoints on altruism and prosocial behavior; 3) describ-ing how altruism is expressed in collectivistic and individualistic cultures, and 4) explaining individual behaviors sustaining prosocial behavior including personal application and analysis.