The Global Crossroads Internationalization Initiative seeks to advance internationalization of the programs of learning that define our undergraduates’ experience of the liberal arts. There are two grant-based programs focused on institutional efforts and two grant-based programs that are open to faculty members.
The initiative will consider grant proposals through to the end of 2020. Funding is tied to participation; a GLCA campus will receive funding based on the programs it chooses to participate in each year. Participation must demonstrably advance a campus’ internationalization eﬀorts.
Campus-Focused Crossroads Programs
International Innovation Fund – This program provides support for each GLCA campus to advance its goals to internationalize the programs of learning that deﬁne an undergraduate’s experience of the liberal arts. There will be one proposal per campus, submitted by the campus’ Alliance Liaison.
Grand Challenge – A Grand Challenge is a topic of global signiﬁcance that transcends disciplinary boundaries and has important implications for humanity. Each year, exploration of a Grand Challenge will be the thematic focal point for curricular and co-curricular programming across all participating Alliance campuses. There will be one proposal per campus, submitted by the campus’ Alliance Liaison. The Grand Challenge topic is Challenging Borders.
Faculty-Focused Crossroads Programs
Themed Courses – Through collaborative development of shared course materials (i.e., with faculty collaborators from Alliance institutions) and by oﬀering shared courses with international dimensions, faculty members will engage their students in interdisciplinary and international topics. Proposals to oﬀer a Themed Course are developed by faculty teams and are submitted through the Alliance Liaison from one of the participating campuses.
New Directions in Global Scholarship – This program supports GLCA faculty members wishing to develop a new area of scholarly expertise that extends the global reach of current research or teaching. Recipients must seek out collaborators from Alliance institutions with expertise in the subject. Proposals in this program are developed by two or more faculty members and are submitted through the Alliance Liaison from one of the participating GLCA campuses.
Global Learning Courses – Courses offered through this program complement internationalization efforts by connecting courses in ways that leverage the expertise and cultural diversity of the thirty colleges and universities in the Global Liberal Arts Alliance. See the Global Learning Courses page for requirements, support, and how to participate.
Global Crossroads Leadership
GLCA Program Oﬃcer – Simon Gray manages the Global Crossroads initiative and Alliance programming
Alliance Liaisons – Each Alliance campus has an Alliance Liaison appointed by the institution’s president. The Liaison has responsibility for overseeing all Crossroads efforts and for advocacy of Alliance programs, communication with campus stakeholders, and oversight of the campus’ engagement with Alliance programs.