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I am having trouble hearing - is there any way to increase the volume? I have done all I can do from my end.
We're so grateful to have all of you in the room. Feel free to keep your cameras on, if you are comfortable.
I love the idea of considering a SDG focus upon entering college. I think he said that was done at UT Knoxville - interesting!!
I was thinking the same thing! What a great and innovative idea!
I love the idea of an SDG major too, Lee!
Are there other ideas on your campuses for allowing flexibility with majors and professions to help support SDGs?
We do have an Interdisciplinary Studies major that allows "designing" your curriculum to address a specific career path - I think it could also be designed to address a specific SDG(s) as well. I know most universities offer a similar path to graduation.
I also find it challenging to feel a part of a global impact. I know the small rock causes ripples that are far reaching but it is still hard to imagine that I can make a global difference.
For the students in this forum: what are some of your ideas, feelings, or recommendations about the many challenges that face our planet? How can educators and your institutions help you?
@ Phillip ~ That's such an interesting question, there are some states where languages other than English are essential (i.e. Louisiana is a francophone state) and then those subdialects (i.e. Cajun French) are part of what can help create cross cultural connections between and among different communities. I wonder how those different Acadian communities could find unity in exploring an SDG together with their language as a way of uniting them inside their own identity as US citizens AND global citizens
https://www.un.org/isotope/59098/10838: SDG Hubs
Thanks for the engagement Amber. I agree for French/Cajun in Louiisana and here in Arkansas you cansay Spanish language skills are needed to form enduring connections among communities as well
YES! And how interesting would that exploration be?! So cool. Language is so complex
Is there any support i.e. curriculum, etc. to teach these in an academic setting? Are there curriculum resources available?
Would love to hear from students!
@Lee: This is a useful resource https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/
Thank you! That helps!
@JY, I am curious about this, do your students initiate action to help clean the plastic from the beaches?
Yes. I asked students to identify local issues. Then based on the issues they raised, we will have groups to work on finding a solution.
That's awesome! So empowering
Yes! Are there any actions that are happening on your campuses that energize you?
I think as a country, we have a tendency to only learn about our own country (as a deep dive). We need to do more to learn globally than regionally. It makes it harder to work together when we don't really know much about other countries and other parts of the world. How can we make a shift? (These came from two students in my class)
I am hoping to grow that kind of action plan and then movement in my own students :)
The local issues are so close to our students. They care deeply about those issues, so they are more motivated.
And they had ownership in bringing that forth which I think is so important in getting them involved and invested, and THEN I feel like seeing that come full circle helps students want to do more
Great session, but have to go. Thanks.
@Lee, I also use virtual exchange as well. I pair my students to work with students from other countries. We compare our local issues and potential solutions, so we develop this perspectives seeing the world as a dynamic system -- global goals, local differences and similarities.
Love all the responses! And would love to keep exchanging ideas on this issue. 🙂
Student response: On our campus here at UNA we have started the Exercise is Medicine Initiative where we promote physical activity to students, faculty and staff. We do this by offering various events and resources for all to get involved.
I'm getting some great ideas for how I can re-envision my World Problems class. Maybe around the SDGs!
@JY How did you initially connect with the students in other countries?
one issue for me down the road is how to assess the learning that takes place toward the desired outcome of global literacy?
@ Phillip, there is an Advocacy Toolkit on NCSS website that kind of provides a framework for action based assessments
Our cyber security system isn't allowing us to access our microphone :(
I will be teaching Model UN in spring, and you all have given me an idea how to start the course -- ask them about the local issues closest to their hearts, and then get into SDGs and the UN committees.
@Amy, your campus probably have those virtual exchange programs, such as COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning). Students work with each other in their courses, facilitated by faculty on both campuses.
I'm sorry but it still won't let me access the mic. Thanks for the shout out!! Wish we could speak. I have my social determinants of health students listening with me.
I am so glad you were all able to join us Lee!
@Lee: thank you and thanks to your students
Thank you @ JY! I'll look into COIL!
@Lee, so glad that your students are here!
In addition, I am hoping that after our MUN conference, the students can do or plan some projects connected to SDGs that can be locally implemented. Will appreciate suggestions and ideas from all of you.
Here is link to World101’s SDG lesson and infographic : https://world101.cfr.org/global-era-issues/development/sustainable-development-goals
This has been a refreshing exercise for us! Lots of interesting discussion and ideas. I have taken several suggestions and responses from this to add to what I am currently doing. Thank you for this opportunity!!
Thank you, Lee!
Thank you so much, Ramu! Thank you to everyone!
Thank you, Ramu!!
Thank you Ramu! I really like the idea of the "discomfort of thought" and "comfort of opinion."
Thank you for these great ideas and excellent discussion.. Thank you Ramu.
I thank you for recording it as well. This is not our usual class time so it will be great to share it with the students who could not attend live - lots of great discussions are ahead!!
This was a great session. Thank you Ramu!
Grateful to be a part of the conversation today, thanks ya'll and thank you so much Ramu!