The Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) Fellowship Program welcomed 10 community college instructors as members of its class of 2019-20.
This year’s fellows hail from 10 schools stretching across the West Coast and represent a wide variety of disciplines from the humanities and social sciences, including African American studies, anthropology, art history, communication, economics, and English, among others. The cohort is comprised of faculty from community colleges in rural, urban, agricultural, and suburban locations, including several minority-serving institutions.
Over the next academic year, the fellows will work collaboratively with staff at Stanford to develop projects focused on internationalizing academic and co-curricular programming at their home institutions. The self-designed projects will explore diverse topics such as environmental justice, multi-sensory teaching, global migration, and economic development.
The fellows arrived at Stanford in August to participate in a three-day intensive workshop, where they had the opportunity to meet one another as well as representatives from SGS’s EPIC partners: Lacuna and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education.
SGS Director Jeremy Weinstein kicked off the workshop with an interactive discussion focused on fostering global citizenship among community college students. Later in the week, three EPIC program alumni, Danni Redding Lapuz, Stephanie M. Roach, and Chesa Caparas, discussed their efforts to create a Global Educators Network, a new initiative designed to connect global studies educators at community college campuses across California.
While on campus, the fellows visited the David Rumsey Map Center, where Professor Kären Wigen led a workshop about using maps creatively in the classroom. Other highlights included a visit to the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to view maps, photographs, posters, and letters from World War I and II, as well as a guided tour of the Cantor Arts Center’s collection of African art.
“Going to the library, we got to see a lot of maps, and to see representation of the Central Valley, where I’m from, in the archives at Stanford … that was really special,” said Chris Cruz-Boone, an associate professor of communication at Bakersfield Community College. “It’s a pretty appealing program to have the resources and connections of Stanford while getting to work in a group with some of the top teachers in community college.”
Over the next year, the fellows will meet remotely each month and participate in online seminars as they work on their projects, which they will present at a symposium in May held at Stanford.
“It is really nice to be tied into the resources and faculty at Stanford. [The fellowship] will provide a good jumping-off point to relook at curriculum and the way it’s developed and delivered to students,” added Andy Radler, an economics instructor at Butte College whose project will focus on expanding curriculum to understand how economies in developing and industrialized countries change and grow over time. “Everyone we’ve been introduced to has been really informative and welcoming … it’s a good way to start off the academic year.”
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).