Educating Toward An Anti-Racist World: Global Competence and Systemic Racism

November 17, 2020 @ 12:00PM — 1:00PM

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Harvey Charles, Dr. Roberta Espinoza, and Dr. Darla Deardorff

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Educating Toward An Anti-Racist World: Global Competence and Systemic Racism

Global competence has become a staple in education curriculum. Schools and academic institutes of all kinds have recognized the need for students to be able to successfully navigate an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. This means being able to work and live with people of diverse backgrounds, recognize different perspectives, communicate cross-culturally, and take action on complex global issues. Yet, as global competency has grown, systemic racism continues to plague the fabric of society and our economy, not just in the United States, but globally.

While international educators address issues of cultural understanding, they historically have left issues of racism to diversity and inclusion specialists. But diversity and inclusion and cultural competency are inherently linked, and both require an interdisciplinary approach. How can one be culturally and globally competent if they are not prepared to address issues of race in their education, community and economy? International educators and cultural competency experts should be leaders in dismantling systemic racism, as global competency demands an understanding of all global issues, including racism.

So how can international educators and cultural competency experts lead in crafting a vision for a post-racist world? How can we leverage the multiple tools that intercultural learning and cross-cultural communication provides to develop the next generation of anti-racist leaders? How can we work to normalize cross-cultural and intercultural diversity in the communities that we inhabit? Join us on November 17th as experts, Dr. Harvey Charles, Dr. Roberta Espinoza, and Dr. Darla Deardorff, discuss these pressing questions.