During the week of November 15-20, Guttman Community College launched Global Guttman, a global learning initiative, by hosting the College’s first Global Guttman Week. Global Guttman offers opportunities for Guttman students to travel internationally and domestically while also engaging in innovative ways to “globalize” the campus. Global Guttman mirrors much of the vision of the Global CUNY initiative launched by Chancellor Milliken in 2014. “While we have structured Guttman’s curriculum to be very much ‘of the City,’ we also take a broader view to be ‘of the world’ to provide students with an important international perspective. It is very unique for a community college to include foreign study as part of its program, and we are delighted to provide students with these opportunities,” affirmed Katie Wilson, Instructor for Interdisciplinary Studies and Program Coordinator, International Education.
The Global Guttman Committee held a number of events during the week to launch the program.
Study Abroad 101 Workshop, November 17: Close to 50 students attended the workshop during Common Hour where they learned the ins-and-outs of taking their college experience global. Trixie Cordova, one of Diversity Abroad‘s coordinators, led a presentation and discussion on why students should take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
Global Guttman Study Abroad Fair, November 19: Over 150 students participated in Guttman’s first study abroad fair. This tabling event was represented by the College’s current five travel programs: Germany, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Alaska and Jamaica. In addition, study abroad advisors from Hunter College, College of Staten Island, Queens College, and coordinators from the Peace Corps, Institute for International Education, Global Potential and Hostelling International had tables at the fair. Derek Tesser, Instructor for Sciences, sees great value in students moving beyond the classroom to learn and explore: “These unique travel opportunities provide transformative experiences for our students by moving the classroom to an authentic setting, thus deepening their understanding of complicated contemporary issues and widening their global perspective.”
Global Guttman in Ecuador: Student Perspectives from the Chocó, November 19:
This event showcased the outstanding work of six Guttman students who participated in the College’s first credit-bearing international program this past summer in Ecuador. These students explored the complexities of conservation, development, and sustainability in the Chocó Biodiversity Hotspot while studying firsthand the relationships among diverse ecosystems, natural resources, and society in a quickly developing economic region. More than 60 audience members, including special guests from the Guttman Foundation, attended the event to learn about the participants’ experience, as they shared their insights, perspectives and photography from the Choco Rainforest in Ecuador.
View photos of the events.