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Authentic Inclusion and Cross-cultural Partnerships in the Globalized Classroom

Your Name and Title: 1) Ching-Ching Lin, Ed.D., TESOL Instructor and Practicum Supervisor at Touro College, Founder and Managing Director at Virtual Exchange 4 Change 

School or Organization Name: Touro College, Virtualexchange4change (VE4C)

Co-Presenter Name(s):

2) Cristina Zaccarini, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Co-Director of Asian Studies
Adelphi University

3) Jan Dormer, Ph.D., Messiah College

4) Chesla Ann Lenkaitis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, SUNY

5) Shannon Hilliker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, SUNY

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Pennsylvania and New York, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Teacher Education professors, Higher Education Professors and anyone who is interested in cross cultural collaboration

Short Session Description (one line): In this session, we will discuss three case studies, each featuring a curricular model and approach to diversity and global collaboration in higher education and beyond. 

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

In the past few years, driven by global trends such as commercialization, global competitiveness, and shifting student mobility, many higher education institutions have sought to bring diversity to classrooms. However, there have been growing concerns about the ways in which diversity and internationalization converge and diverge with one another. For those who are working in the field of diversity, there is a pressing need for more collaborative approaches to advancing and sustaining diversity efforts.  

In this session, we will discuss three action research studies, each featuring a curricular model to engage diversity in cross cultural interaction and collaboration. For each study, we will 1) discuss conceptual frameworks and tools used to promote diversification through internationalization, as well as the inherent conflicts and competing goals between internationalization and diversification, 2) highlight steps taken to leverage diversity to foster cross cultural partnership and collaborative engagement, 3) discuss the challenges and issues relating to the diversity efforts of internationalization across disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries, as well as strategies to strengthen the campus communities’ commitment to diversity and inclusion. 


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Leask, B. (2008). Internationalization, globalization and curriculum innovation. In Researching international pedagogies (pp. 926). Springer, Dordrecht. 

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2011). Teachers conducting research into the in and out of school multiliterate practices of their students: What can we learn? Paper presented at the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association National Conference, Melbourne. 

Valdez, G. (2015). US Higher Education Classroom Experiences of Undergraduate Chinese International Students. Journal of International Students, 5(2), 188200. 

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