Saludos! Faculty Selected for Global Program
Four GCC faculty members have been selected to participate in the 2014 Global Engagement Faculty Curriculum Development program in Mexico, “Understanding Mexico: The Past, Present, and Future.” Those selected are Lovinder Gill, Kelly Sindel, Catherine Tiwald and Grace Paul.
These individuals will represent GCC, the district and the United States at the program, which will take place in Mexico City and Guanajuato, Mexico from July 14 through August 3. Training and team-building sessions for the participants will begin in late March.
The program will provide a unique opportunity for professional growth and development and a rich cultural experience. Activities will include visits to key cultural, archaeological, religious, and historical sites in the historic Zócalo area of Mexico City, including museums (the Museum of Anthropology, the National Museum of Art and others), the National Palace and the Basílica de la Virgen de Guadalupe, and not too far away, the Pyramids at Teotihuacan.
Participants will then spend two weeks living with host families in the historic city of Guanajuato, about 240 miles north of Mexico City. The daily schedule will include Spanish language classes, academic lectures and presentations by University of Guanajuato (UG) professors and visits to cultural and historic sites. Finally, the group will have an opportunity to visit the colonial city San Miguel de Allende.
Upon their return, all participants will be required to share their learning with a wider audience to heighten international awareness. Among options are writing an article, hosting a presentation, sharing outcomes with other faculty, submitting a scholarly research project for publication and using video and other technology tools to communicate their learning. Sindel plans on sending updates on the group’s activities in Mexico by participating in the GCC blog while she is in Mexico.
Mexican native Jaime Herrera, Mesa Community College English faculty, is the program director. Kathryn Howard, in the Office of International and Intercultural Education, will assist with planning, logistics and oversight.