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SGS kicks off another ‘EPIC’ year

EPIC cohort 2019
Aug 27 2018

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This month, the Education Partnership to Internationalize Curriculum (EPIC) welcomed its new cohort of community college fellows for the 2018-19 academic year.

This annual program brings 10 community college faculty together with Stanford staff to work collaboratively on innovative projects to develop global competencies and awareness among community college students.

This year’s fellows hail from seven different schools in California and Texas, and represent a number of different disciplines, from psychology and business to English as a second language (ESL).

The fellowship kicked-off with a three-day summer intensive workshop at Stanford, featuring an introduction to university resources, discussions with Stanford faculty, visits to university exhibits, and a reception with program alumni.

SGS Director Jeremy Weinstein began the program with a discussion about developing global competencies, and Professor Mitchell Stevens shared insights from his latest book Seeing the World: How U.S. Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era.

After meetings with SGS’s EPIC partners—Lacuna and the Stanford Program in International and Cross-Cultural Education—the fellows toured the library and the David Rumsey Map Center, followed by a workshop about using maps in the classroom led by Professor Kären Wigen.

Other highlights from the visit include presentations at the Hoover Library and Archives and the Cantor Arts Center, as well as lectures by Professor Pavle Levi about global cinema and Professor Andrew Walder about his book China Under Mao.

“I am feeling very energized and inspired,” said Andrew Hill at the end of the three days. Through this fellowship, Hill is hoping to help improve international education at St. Philip’s College in Texas—and hopefully the other colleges in his district. “I came here thinking, I’m really good, I do all kinds of international things in my classes, but I need to completely rethink my own classrooms,” he added.

Next, the fellows will participate in online seminars throughout the year as they develop their projects.

“I am excited to learn about growth mindset in different cultures, and how they compare,” says Marina Broeder, an ESL instructor at Mission College who hopes to empower her students and enrich community college culture through incorporating global growth mindsets as part of her EPIC project. “To change the culture of a college, I’m doing my own work in my classroom, but I think I need to work to enlist more agents of change to share and support each other.”

Fellows will present their projects at a symposium at Stanford University in the spring.

The Education Partnership to Internationalize Curriculum (EPIC) provides professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and community college instructors and professors and is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant. Collaborators include Stanford Global Studies Division, The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Lacuna Stories, and the Stanford Graduate School of Education's Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET).