Global Awareness Committee
The Xavier University of Louisiana Global
Awareness Committee is charged with promoting and sustaining outstanding
opportunities for students at Xavier to “prepare students to assume roles of
leadership and service in a global society” (excerpt from Xavier Mission Statement).
Awareness Committee consists of faculty, students, and administrative staff
appointed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Committee serves as an advisory board to
the Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP), engages in
regularly scheduled strategic planning in the intercultural and international
arena and promotes global awareness on campus.
Members are appointed on the basis of their interest and expertise in
intercultural and international matters.
An attempt is made to maintain a membership which is broadly
representative of disciplines across the curriculum. The committee meets once a month during the
of the Xavier Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP), the
Committee is charged:
promote student participation in study abroad and exchange programs
through, for example, making recommendations about requirements/ expectations/
opportunities that would encourage students to take advantage of such programs,
working with your own departments and related programs to build study abroad as
an option that does not slow student progress toward graduation, and/or
recommending policies and practices to encourage more Xavier students to study
work with departments and programs to identify ways in the curriculum to
develop student knowledge and skills related to participation in a global
society through, for example, articulating learning outcomes
related to the knowledge and skills for intercultural literacy that we could
expect of Xavier graduates, and/or recommending a range of curricular
approaches for preparing students for global communities;
consider what professional development is needed by faculty and staff to increase
their own knowledge and skills related to participation in global communities
through, for example, proposing on-campus professional development
opportunities as well as travel opportunities, encouraging participation in
study opportunities, and/or proposing ways that faculty and staff can
"give back" to campus international efforts when they are funded to
strategize about new ways to increase international student recruitment and
enhance retention, through, for example, considering ways of
improving interactions between international and domestic students and/or
recommending ways to help us meet goals such as numbers of international
students on campus;
help invite and host international scholars on our campus
through, for example, helping with recruitment efforts to bring Fulbright
scholars and other scholars from other nations and/or helping connect visitors
with faculty and students;
help to identify grants and other fund-raising opportunities to
support our curriculum, study abroad, and international student efforts
through, for example, helping write grants for projects and/or working with
CIIP and Development on fund-seeking;
help to assess operations of CIIP and ensure continuing improvements
and success. The Global Awareness Committee will meet monthly as a whole and more regularly
in subcommittees, including committees on the curriculum, study abroad,
international students, visiting scholars, and grants/fundraising. The CIIP
Director, Mr. Torian L. Lee, will convene the Committee and will consult regularly
with the subcommittees. The subcommittees will have their own
convener/chair. Please contact Director Lee if you have questions about
the responsibilities of this board.
In order to
facilitate the work of the Global Awareness Committee, various subcommittees
have been created. The subcommittees and
their functions are:
A. Study Abroad
Scholarship Committee. Receives, reviews, and rates applications for
study abroad scholarships and fellowships that require the endorsement of the
University, such as the Fulbright, Boren, and Rhodes.
and International Film Series Committee.
Selects, screens, and publicizes an intercultural and international film
series each semester.
C. Intercultural and International
Speakers Committee. Identifies and invites appropriate speakers
to campus to address faculty and students on intercultural and international
D. Faculty Development
Grants and Fellowships Committee. Conducts an annual faculty competition for
the award of small grants for projects that have a demonstrable impact on
internationalization the curriculum.
Conducts an annual competition for the award of fellowships to attend
the Salzburg Seminars.
E. Strategic Planning
Assists the Director of the Center in drafting, reviewing, and updating the
university strategic plan for internationalization.