Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
New Virtual Global Sustainability Classes for Alumni, Students, Parents, Staff

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, and global travel restrictions for study abroad, Dickinson utilized its study abroad faculty in an innovative way to offer live, interactive, virtual global courses in Spring 2021. Dickinson experts in Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain will present five fun and in-depth courses focusing on global cities, people and cultures with a focus on sustainability. The courses are open to alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the college. Each includes several classes taught by Dickinson professors, staff and friends of the college living all around the world. Participants may take all sessions within a course, or take sessions a la carte.

As Dickinson looked to answer larger questions about the future of international education and global learning with limited student mobility, our commitment to building just, inclusive and sustainable communities came forth. We wanted to provide future-forward and innovative opportunities for continued global learning that focus on sustainability; civic engagement; and diversity, equity and inclusion. Around the world, xenophobia and nationalism were on the rise. One of the clearest continuous mechanisms for combating those horrors, student international mobility, would cease. It was clear that global educators had to do something, but what? This innovation is one of the ways Dickinson adapted global education in the pandemic and used this turning point to pivot connections that strengthen sustainability in our global education programs. It follows the evolution of our thinking, emergent projects, lessons learned and new collaborative pathways and can serve as a model innovative practice.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

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March 8-24. 2021; Dickinsonians, including Dickinson parents: $50 each class or $150 for entire course. Friends and family: $60 each class or $200 for entire course.

Deconstructing Identity, Building Community Through Food Activism in Italy:
Learn about critical consumption and sustainable food movements, a return to traditional recipes and local products, related marketing campaigns and how food and taste have developed through time. Led by Laura Di Pofi, adjunct professor and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Antwerp (Belgium).

What Makes our Pink City so Green? Exploring Sustainability in Toulouse:
Led by Julia Carnine, director of the Dickinson-in-France program and contributing faculty in Dickinson’s French & Francophone studies department.

Sustainability Beyond Carlisle I: Permaculture and Grassroots Sustainable Initiatives in Málaga:
Part one of a two-part class led by Málaga Program Coordinator Nedra Sandiford with input from Lecturer in Spanish Asunción Arnedo-Aldrich, exploring how local groups and nonprofits promote sustainable systems and highlighting sustainable, local activities that Dickinson study-abroad students participate in.

Sustainability Beyond Carlisle II: Government-led Sustainability in Málaga:
Part two focuses on government activities and policies and related activities and related activities of Dickinson students.

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