Global and Intercultural Learning at MSU
- James Lucas, Assistant Dean, Global Education & Curriculum
Undergraduate education should promote the knowledge, attitudes, and abilities that prepare students to become global-ready members of diverse communities and workplaces. To learn more about this topic, view the "Internationalizing the Student Experience: Working Group Report." In the spirit of Spartans Will, the MSU undergraduate experience provides students the tools to effect positive change in their world. This generation of students should be known for the depth and breadth of their individual abilities and for the power of their collective intelligence: including the ability to apply comprehensive knowledge of a discipline, to understand the complex nature of systems, and to navigate among, and lead, members of diverse, multi-functional teams to address complex global challenges.
As students, faculty, and staff engage in global, intercultural learning, we must all remember that "global learning" is not only about content, but rather this concept includes building inclusive classroom communities through our policies, pedagogies, and practices and embedding global, intercultural learning outcomes into the MSU curriculum.
At MSU global, intercultural learning stretches beyond facts, figures, and familiarity of other peoples and places; it necessarily involves developing the capacity to use our knowledge and understanding to improve our practice as citizens, scholars, and workers -- whether interacting with diverse others, providing culturally-appropriate medical care, or advocating for inclusive workplace policies. In addition, global knowledge and skills are supported by a global ethic: a belief in the valuing of diversity, inclusion, and perspective-taking.