Center for Global Studies

Gwendolyn M. Bookman, Director, Center for Global Studies - 336.517.2179 -

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The Center for Global Studies is located on the 2nd floor of the Race Building.

The Center for Global Studies oversees all aspects of international education for the college and is designed to promote a global perspective throughout the college community. Although the college has had a long history of international engagement, the current structure of the center represents a reenergizing of the commitment to internationalize the campus, including a greater centralization of international programs.


Global Studies Minor and Certificate Program

The minor and the certificate in global studies are designed to provide an interdisciplinary and global perspective on the arts, the humanities, social sciences, sciences and mathematics. They are both flexible programs that are designed to complement majors and minors across the college. The minor requires 18 credit hours; in addition, the certificate requires a capstone project, such as a significant experience or course of study in another country, a substantive research paper, and a public presentation of the paper

Study Abroad

Bennett students are offered an opportunity to study abroad in a wide range of locations through a variety of program providers. Bennett received a three-year grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to support several study abroad activities. These activities are centered in Salzburg, Austria; Venezuela; and Costa Rica. New opportunities for study and travel abroad are presented to the college regularly. Through the Mellon grant, Bennett will also begin a focused mentoring program in international affairs to ensure that Bennett students are better prepared to apply for grants to support study abroad and to enter into careers and graduate programs in international affairs after graduating from Bennett.

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International Scholars

The center is a resource to faculty and staff who are traveling abroad and to visiting international faculty. An area of focus this academic year is to assist faculty who are interested in developing a course with a study abroad component. This activity will also be supported by the Mellon grant. Culture courses and other enrichment activities will be scheduled throughout the year related to this aspect of the Center’s work.

We have two Foreign Language Teaching Assistants joining us this year: James Mwangi from Kenya, teaching Swahili and Imen Shel from Tunisia, teaching Arabic. Jingchen Li is from Mainland China and will join us teaching Chinese through Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX).

International Students

The center is working with the Office of Admissions to develop additional strategies for recruiting international students. This year, through the continued support of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), Bennett is hosting one (1) non-degree exchange student from Pakistan.

Language Lab

We are participating in the U.S. State Department’s push to dramatically increase the number of Americans learning what it deems “critical need” and “less commonly taught” languages.

We have established a Rosetta Stone language laboratory in the center. Students, faculty and staff may study Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Other International Organizations, Conferences and Programs

Each year, the center coordinates a campus wide program during International Education Week. The dates for 2013 are November 11-15. A full schedule of activities will be offered during the week.

  • Through an agreement between the North Carolina Consortium for International and Intercultural Education (NCCIIE) (the sponsor of the Model United Nations Program) and the Phelps Stokes Fund, Bennett, along with the other members of the consortium, will have a campus chapter of the Ralph Bunche Society . Open to all, but with an emphasis on minority students, the Ralph Bunche Societies are dedicated to providing exposure, access, and opportunities through a global focus across the curriculum and in career development.
  • We continue to move forward with programming through our chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, which was established at the college in 2008, and with the Salzburg Global Seminars, which have offered opportunities for faculty and student development in Austria.
  • We will also participate in several conferences and workshops throughout the year which are designed to provide networking opportunities and professional development specifically focused on international programs (e.g., NAFSA, North Carolina International Leadership Conference for Students) as a means of ensuring that Bennett remains on the cutting edge in the areas of global studies and international education.

For further information on programs of the center, please contact:

Lee Todhunter
Ph: 336-517-1997
Irma White-Simmons
Administrative Assistant
Ph: 336-517-2179