We are trying to share more session content materials digitally on this webpage, and we hope that the materials we are sharing here can be helpful for your teaching or research on intercultural communication and global perspectives and identities.

2019 January Session: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: What are they and how can we use them to promote critical thinking?

  • Guest Speaker Terry Link’s Presentation Slides:


  • UN Sustainable Development Goals, Detailed Explanation of Each Goal:  


  • World’s Largest Lesson, Understanding the Global Goals and How to Teach Them–Educator Training Module:  


  • Teach Sustainable Development Goals, Comprehensive Website with Links to Sources:


  • What the United Nations Means Today–PBS Newshour Extra


  • Global Goals–Comprehensive Website with Links to Sources


  • Population Education–Comprehensive Website with Links to Sources and Lesson Plans



2018 November Session: Film Screening-What Happens to a Dream Deferred

Information about the short film we viewed during the session

What Happens to a Dream Deferred, Scott Boehm, Producer

What Happens to a Dream Deferred is an intimate portrait of a day in the life of two DACA recipients. Jose Adrian Badillo Carlos and Osvaldo Sandoval, graduate students at Michigan State University whose lives were thrown into limbo after the Trump Administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017.

Relevant resources


2018 October Session: Exploring Strategies to Help Students Think Critically About Global Events

Pre-session reading material: “Critical thinking in the context of global learning”

In-session online materials:

Post-session resources shared by our teacher member Amanda Schneider, who is a first grade teacher from Pinecrest Elementary School:

  • a free, research-based social studies curriculum for grade 8 which promotes critical thinking and literacy: http://www.soe.umich.edu/news_events/news/article/new_social_studies_curriculum_promotes_literacy_free_to_teachers_nationwide/
  • a teacher community on Facebook (Create Abilities)  including people around the world, and here is Amanda’s story of using resources from the group to plan her lesson with authentic global messages: “I  reached out to a teacher community on Facebook (Create Abilities) about our 1st grade weather unit because my students were interested to see what the weather was like in other parts of the world and I heard back from people in Indonesia, the UK, Scotland, Australia (10+ people throughout), Japan, Romania, 5 provinces in Canada, 21 states and the virgin islands all within less than a day with a couple more saying they’d share later when it’s light out- so that could be a great resource for other teachers!”


2018 September Session: Contemporary Africa

Dr. John Metzler, African Studies Center, Michigan State University

  • The Year of Global Africa Introduction
  • How and Why to Teach Africa
  • Presentation slides by John Metzler: Stories_Africa

“Home” A poem by Warsan Shire, introduced and assembled by Jennifer Pippin