Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

  • The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is an organization of 29 liberal arts colleges and universities, located in 17 nations, whose purpose is to strengthen education in the tradition of the liberal arts through the exchange of experience and the development of mutually beneficial programs.

    The Alliance is managed by the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
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  • Through generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Great Lakes Colleges Association has launched Global Crossroads, a four-year initiative to advance internationalization of the programs of learning that define our undergraduates’ experience of the liberal arts. Collaboration leading to durable partnerships is the essential building block on which Crossroads-supported efforts will be built. These efforts will involve members of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance. Global Crossroads includes eight independent programs.
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  • The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Expanding Collaboration Initiative supports collaborative curricular initiatives involving faculty and key professional staff who share common academic interests. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program seeks to foster multi-campus communities of practice, allowing them to share expertise, develop joint programs, bring new perspectives to current courses, and engage in new realms of thinking and creativity involving one or more academic disciplines.
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Civic Engagement Institute Resources

Global Alliance Institute for Civic Engagement
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Michigan
October 23 - 25, 2016

Sunday October 23

Keynote: Margee Ensign, President, American University of Nigeria (link to video)

Monday October 24

Dawn Michele Whitehead, AACU – Liberal Learning and Global Citizenship: The Fierce Urgency of Now


American University of Nigeria “What it Means to be Africa's Development University: A Case Study of AUN's Community Development Projects”

American University of Beirut “Civic Engagement in Lebanon: Operating in Mired Grounds” (link to slides)


Ashesi University College “Civic Engagement in a Liberal Arts Leadership Curriculum: Ashesi University Case Study” (link to slides)

Lingnan University “A Case Study of Community Impact through Lingnan University’s Service-Learning Projects”

Workshop: DePauw University “It Can Be Done: Civic Engagement and Career Integration: Translating Student Passions into Professional Achievement”

Case Studies

American College of Greece “The Incorporation of Civic Engagement and Service Based Learning in the Psychology Program of Deree, The American College of Greece.” (link to slides)

Ashesi University College “Supporting Low-Income Single Mothers in Slum Communities with Learning-through-Play Early Childhood Development Education for their 0- to 5 year-old Children”

Albion College “Local-Local Partnerships between Albion Michigan and Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly, France” (link to slides)


Earlham College “Making the Leap from Service Learning to Advocacy”

         Teaching about Congress Handout      Calendar Exercise      FCNL Trip Information Handout

 Denison University “Creating a Sandwich: Pre-Departure and Returnee Programming”

Tuesday October 25

Gonzalo Duarte,Executive Director of Compañeros Inc. – Best Practices for International Civic Engagement

    Presentation     Standards of Practice Infographic    Standards of Practice in Global Service Learning

International Service Learning Sessions

DePauw University “In It for The Long Haul: Sustainable International Service-Learning Partnerships”

The American University of Paris “Southern India: The Sustainable Development Practicum”

Albion College “The Holocaust Studies Service Learning Project: Polish-Jewish-German-American Friendship”

Student Agency Panel

Forman Christian College “Initiating Civic Engagement as an Institutional Culture”

Allegheny College “Students as Educators: ACES in the Hole” (link to slides)   Link to handout

American University of Nigeria “A Module for Civic Engagement: AUN Student-Centered Implementation of the USAID: Technology Enhanced Learning for All (TELA) Project” (link to slides)

Case Studies

Kenyon College “Community Engaged Learning in a Rural Setting”

Antioch College “Using Local History to Engage Students and the Community” (link to slides)

FLAME University “Heritage in Contemporary India” (link to report)

Oberlin College and The American University in Bulgaria “Opportunities and Obstacles to Off-campus Community Engagement”

Kalamazoo College “Kalamazoo College and ACODE, Uganda: Developing and Sustaining Partnerships through Research Methods Courses”


DePauw University & Allegheny College “Short-term International Community Engagement: The Challenges and Opportunities”

Wabash University “Civic Engagement through Collaborative Deliberative Inquiry”

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
535 West William. Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

+1.734.661.2350 (voice)
+1.734.661.2349 (fax)