September 27, 2016
The International Student Services & Programs Department at Red Rocks Community College, Colorado transformed the underused entry foyer of the college into a vibrant global space. There are a variety of ongoing co-curricular activities and international events which cannot be missed by visitors and students as they enter the college. Having presence can be difficult when there are so many competing programs trying to share limited resources. Innovative globalization requires looking at resources such as space in an untraditional way.
Dr. Sylvester Maphosa, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence,
The entry foyer is a large area that went unused except for foot-traffic most of the year. By filling this area with activity, students and the college community were encouraged to engage internationally in a safe welcoming environment. The college community can participate in global-themed book club discussions, participate in international scholar workshops, watch global entertainment events such as World Cup Soccer, the International Jazz Festival, listen to student presentations on a variety of topics such as “The Advantages of Being Bilingual,” or take part in Global Conversations (guided discussion on a topics of global significance). By looking at space in a new way, they have managed to bring a glimpse of the world to the college.
giving a public lecture on peace and civility in the entry foyer.
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