Project to Expand Opportunities for Virtual International Exchange for Students in All Areas of Study
Howard Community College is one of 21 colleges and universities nationwide to receive grant funding through the prestigious Humanities Initiatives program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant of $75,291 will support a three-year project that uses digital technologies to connect Howard Community College students with peers at institutions of higher education around the world. With guidance from their professors, these bi-national teams of students will collaborate on academic projects that explore the phenomenon of globalization through the lens of the humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities announced the grants December 2020.
“Howard Community College places great emphasis throughout its curriculum on active and experiential learning,” said Matt Van Hoose, executive director of academic engagement. “This project will give hundreds of students each year the opportunity to learn about what it means to live and work in the global era by collaborating on academic projects with students in other parts of the world.”
In the first phase of the project, Howard Community College faculty members will work with counterparts at institutions in Denmark, Ecuador, Ghana, and Thailand to develop virtual exchange projects for courses in anthropology, geography, history, literature, and Spanish. Collaborative student projects will explore a wide range of humanities topics, including the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the relationship between consumer culture and environmental sustainability. Additional humanities courses and international partners will be added in subsequent phases of the project, and all courses will satisfy requirements within the Howard Community College general education curriculum.
“We think every day about how to ensure that all Howard Community College students, regardless of their background or major, have access to transformative academic experiences,” Van Hoose said. “In keeping with that commitment, this project will make it possible for students to participate in true international collaborations that expand their understandings of the world without adding cost or time to their degree programs.”
Howard Community College has received numerous recognitions for its international education offerings. These include study abroad programs in four continents – two of which will be offered virtually in 2021 – and the Global Distinction program, through which students in any major can focus their studies on international and global themes. With the virtual exchange opportunities to be developed through the National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the college’s office of international education will build upon these existing programs and partnerships to reach an even wider cross-section of the Howard Community College student body.
More information about the Howard Community College office of international education is available at: howardcc.edu/internationaled.