Child brides, gender equality, immigration laws and liberties, violence against women and corruption are some of the issues so important and so far-reaching that students must go beyond one nation’s perspective. This is why at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where global education is an integral component of its curriculum and activities, learning has gone beyond national borders.
FDU students Jillian Cadet, Jackie Humen and Jessica Taufik can attest to that. Cadet, a business management major and Global Scholar from the Metropolitan Campus, and Humen, a Florham Scholar and a political science major from the College at Florham, attended the 61st Annual Nongovernmental Organization / Department of Public Information (NGO/DPI) Conference at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France. Taufik, an international studies major and Global Scholar at the Metropolitan Campus, was the first FDU student to participate in an Athgo Global Forum in Washington, D.C. She also participated in a panel discussion about the involvement of students in Campus Peace Centers at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) headquarters in New York City.
According to Jo Anne Murphy, U.N. program coordinator for FDU’s Office of Global Learning, “Such experiences provide an intensive learning environment. However, they also enable our students to learn how to relate to and communicate with people of vastly diverse cultures and concerns. They experience the warmth of human exchange, see the world through others’ eyes and even network for possible internship opportunities for fieldwork in the future.”