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Global Learning & Leadership: Global Education for All | UC Davis

March 26, 2020

Students from UC Davis are the most
intelligent and the most passionate people I’ve ever met and I just know
that we… we’re going to change the world and we’re going to make it better,
and these problems that we’re facing that somebody has to
address, it’s going to be us. The Global Education for All Big Idea is a
phenomenal way for us to change the way the campus thinks, operates,
and engages students, faculty and staff. What Global Education for All is aiming to do is to reach 100% of the students. So not
only undergraduate but actually also graduate and professional students. We want each and every student at
UC Davis to have a global education and in order to do that, we need philanthropic support. We have an opportunity to do something
incredible at UC Davis and we need the broader community of friends engaged
because what we’re trying to do involves providing every single UC Davis student,
regardless of their financial background, with an opportunity for global learning.
The major problems, challenges of our times are very much global in scale
and UC Davis is really committed to graduating students that are prepared to
proactively work on those challenges and also take up the kinds of opportunities
that are available to us now in this increasingly interconnected world. We’re really lucky here at the vet
school to have faculty engaged all over the world. So you have opportunities to
do research, to do outreach, to do clinical medicine pretty much on every
continent and I was really lucky to organize a summer research experience
in Rwanda and I worked with Gorilla Doctors, which is a partnership between
our very own UC Davis and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. They provide healthcare to endangered
mountain gorillas and so I had the great privilege of spending some time in
Rwanda working with this great ape species that I feel really passionately about. In this past year, my final year
as a senior, I was working kind of as a project manager. So I was
overseeing our three active projects: our Peru project, our Indonesia project, and
our Bolivia project, where we implemented reinforced concrete reservoir and about a
mile of piping to get water to the new reservoir and into the community. A few quarters ago, I took a GIS class on campus and it was really interesting
being able to learn the basics of mapping, but I felt like I needed to
apply it and put it towards something that I am more passionate about. And I had
decided to apply for the Nepal seminar abroad because of the intercultural and
interdisciplinary aspect of it. So we were able to work with students in
Nepali universities and we were also able to work with students in Davis from
different majors such as pre-med, engineering, linguistics, and design. So those are
students I would probably never work with. Collaboration is critical. The
global challenges that the world is facing requires a
certain understanding of intercultural perspective, of global
context within which these global challenges take place, and, as a result,
the solutions are going to require that we engage partners from all over the world. So we’re helping faculty to make sure that they really have means and tools
and resources to bring global learning into their classrooms. We want to
integrate and expand an international global dimension in our curriculum:
new courses, courses that actually emphasize the international and global
component and that are comparative in nature with other countries and other cultures. There’s the opportunity for students to
be collaborating with each other, for them to be learning from faculty who are
based elsewhere, who can bring new perspectives to bear upon work, so that’s
a really powerful type of learning opportunity that doesn’t require
any student mobility. We want to create new living and
learning communities in our dorms so whatever students are learning in the
classroom it’s actually taken outside of the classroom and brought to the daily
life, in the dorms, where they live. As an international student I realized
that I wanted to be involved with both international and American students on
campus and I’ve gone through that through getting involved with the Global
Ambassadors who are in charge of providing social, cultural, and intellectual needs for
incoming international students on campus. You can improve both your
creativity and critical thinking when you’re working with people from
different backgrounds and I see that both in the classroom and
outside of the classroom. The Mandela Washington Fellowship Program is
for young professionals in sub-saharan Africa. They come to America, different universities,
it’s a professional development program, educational experiences. I worked with
UC Davis Global Affairs as a communications intern, capturing the journey of the
fellows and we visited public agencies, government officials, there were
educational sessions with UC Davis professors, professors from outside of
the university and it was a very unique educational experience. Global learning gives students a
way to experience the real world, it gives students a perspective
on a new culture, a new way of life. It feels really good that somebody
else decided to donate so that I could have an opportunity to grow as a
person, to try and help somebody else, and to make the world a better place.

1 Comment

  • Reply Tem March 26, 2020 at 12:46 am

    nice video it was really entertaining

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