Supported by the Center for Intercultural Leadership and Communication (CILC), the Global Awareness Dialogue Project (GADP) is a Penn State Abington faculty development program designed to educate faculty about global and cultural issues related to culturally sensitive pedagogy. The seminars assist faculty with examining the impact to the classroom as a result of changing demographics in the campus community, which include both our growing international student population (students on F-1 and J-1 visas) as well as our diverse domestic student population. Since the program began, topics have included non-western educational systems as represented by our students, topical information on Chinese undergraduate student adjustment to campus life, academic integrity, and multilingual students and faculty. A key aspect of the seminars are a panel of international and/or immigrant undergraduate students discussing with faculty their challenges and adjustments to college life. The program allows for faculty and students to interact outside the traditional academic environment.
The Global Awareness Dialogue and Dinner seminars are designed to:
- Provide professional development opportunities to faculty in light of the growing numbers of international and domestic students of diversity on campus
- Facilitate interaction and encourage dialogue among faculty to exchange ideas on contemporary global issues impacting our campus, community, nation and world
- Encourage more faculty members to become involved in the campus internationalization efforts
- Address the needs of faculty who are interested in internationally oriented scholarship and global education