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Working Group on Global and International Initiatives

This group discussed ways to advance Colgate’s global and international focus by coordinating and prioritizing existing initiatives, and exploring possible new programs to advance the university.
Frank Dining Hall puts up a diversity of flags that represents the different nationalities of students at Colgate University.


  • Co-chair: Eliza Kent, Associate Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
  • Co-chair: Nicole Simpson, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Tim Byrnes, Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Benton Scholars
  • Jeanne Follansbee, Member of Colgate's Board of Trustees and Director of Studies and Senior Lecturer, History and Literature, Harvard University
  • Yukari Hirata, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Christina Khan, Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Services
  • Ellen Kraly, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, member of Advisory and Planning Committee
  • David McCabe, Professor of Philosophy
  • Drew Porter, Budget Analyst
  • Andy Rotter, Charles A. Dana Professor of History, member of Advisory and Planning Committee

View Report

Working group on global and international initiatives draft report, March 17, 2013 (Colgate e-mail login required)

Next Steps

At the end of the spring 2013 semester, the Advisory and Planning Committee (APC) approved a working group of faculty in language and literature departments, under the leadership of Arts & Humanities division director Mary Ann Calo, to examine ways to raise the profile of language, literature, and culture studies at Colgate. The APC and senior leadership will address the seven recommendation areas of the report.

Executive Summary

Mindful of the many great efforts at globalizing campus over the past five years, the working group began by reviewing several related past reports, including the Task Force on Internationalization report (September 2011), the Ad Hoc Committee on International Students (May 2011), the draft report of the Off-Campus Study Committee (August 2009), the report on language requirements at peer institutions prepared for the Core Curriculum Revision Committee (February 2008), and the International Studies Institute report (2006).

We met 12 times as a group from October to February. For the first month, we broke into three teams which met separately to consult with relevant members of the campus community and discuss clusters of related issues:
  1. Study abroad/service learning/internships
  2. Curriculum/foreign language/international research
  3. International students/faculty/alumni
Over the winter break, we drafted a report of our findings and recommendations, and revised each section of it during our group meetings during the spring. We distributed a draft of the report to the entire faculty and convened two faculty fora on March 5 and 7, 2013 to invite feedback.

Our final report was presented to the faculty Academic Affairs Board (March 20), at the April Faculty Meeting (April 1) and to the Board of Trustees (April 5).


Original Charge to the Committee

Colgate has a long-standing and strong tradition of off-campus study groups, and we are committed to broadening the international offerings available to our students through an expansion of Colgate-approved study-abroad programs. Campus initiatives, curricular, co-curricular, and research-based, have already made globalization a reality on campus; the challenge to this working group was to coordinate and to prioritize.
  1. In what ways can language and culture study be encouraged, given current and future technologies?
  2. How can the new Colgate study-abroad options best be developed alongside study groups?
  3. How can international students be supported and their contributions enhanced?
  4. How could the curriculum more fruitfully allow for global/international studies?
This working group was asked to consider initiatives already underway and to look ahead to additional international and global initiatives that could help Colgate’s educational mission at a dynamic period of peril and opportunity for liberal arts institutions.