Engaging the World

Dickinson students engaging with communities in Cameroon.
Sustainability Abroad

Dickinson’s Center for Global Study & Engagement offers students opportunities to learn first hand about the environment and sustainability in communities and cultures around the world. These include semester and year-long programs at the University of East Anglia in the UK, Yaounde University in Cameroon, University of Bremen in Germany, University of Queensland in Australia and, closer to home, the Marine Biological Lab in Woodshole, MA. There are also summer sustainability programs in Cameroon, China, Germany, and Israel. Many of our programs offer opportunities for community service, service learning and research.

Mosaics: A Deep Dive
Dickinson students dive deep into collaborative work with communities, both domestic and abroad, through immersive, team-taught, semester-long, multi-course, interdisciplinary Mosaic programs. The topics are wide ranging, and have included sustainable agriculture in Cuba and Venezuela, climate change in South Africa, the geology and sociology of natural disasters in Montserrat, watersheds of the Chesapeake and lower Mississippi River basin, and natural history in Central Pennsylvania. The Community Studies Center supports the development and implementation of Mosaic programs.

Transboundary Resource Management

Dickinson faculty led an international exchange program, “Across Borders: Managing Trans-Boundary Environmental Resources in the Middle East and the United States” that brought a group of young professionals from the US to the Middle East in 2011. In 2012, a group of young professionals from the Middle East came to the US. Each exchange group spent four-weeks in the visited region examining how environmental, economic, social and political factors converge to influence policy and practice in the management of transboundary environmental resources, and making comparisons with their home region. The program was funded by a $500,000 grant from the US Department of State.

US-India Collaborations for Sustainable Development

Professors Fratantuono and Sarcone of Dickinson’s department of International Business and Management, in partnership with the US Army War College, convened a workshop in March 2013 that brought leaders from US and Indian academic, military, security and business fields to discuss US-India cross-sector collaboration and sustainable development. A follow up workshop is planned for 2014. The workshops are supported by grants from the US Department of Defense’s Strategic Studies Institute.

Dickinson at the UN Climate Negotiations
Delegations of Dickinson students and faculty have attended negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Copenhagen, Cancun and Durban. The delegations meet with and interview delegates from national governments, civil society organizations, scientific institutions and youth groups, exchanging views on climate policy, society and advocacy.

Honoring Global Environmental Activism
The first Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Environmental Global Activism was awarded to 350.org founder, activist and author Bill McKibben in May 2012. McKibben will visit Dickinson April 2013 for a two-day residency to meet with student activist organizations, visit classes and give a public lecture. The $100,000 prize will be given annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have made a defining difference by advancing responsible action on behalf of the planet, its resources and people. The prize was created by Dickinson alumnus Sam Rose and his wife Julie Walters in honor of John Adams, founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.