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Dickinson Hosts Global Engagement in the Liberal Arts Conference

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College hosts more than 60 representatives from 22 institutions

Representatives from 22 institutions across the nation and around the world will arrive on campus this week to share best practices and ideas at the 2019 Global Engagement in the Liberal Arts (GELA) Conference.

The 2019 GELA conference, which will be held Oct. 4 through Oct. 5, is focused on a quintessentially Dickinsonian theme—creating inclusive global communities. While on campus, more than 60 administrators, faculty and staff members working in global, diversity and multicultural offices will share their strategies on how to infuse cross-cultural education and a global perspective into their efforts as well as how to engage faculty in this work.

The conference’s theme was selected by Center for Global Study & Engagement Executive Director Samantha Brandauer ’95, who offered to bring the event to campus after attending her first Global Engagement in the Liberal Arts Conference last fall.

“I jumped at the chance, because I wanted to share the innovative ways in which Dickinson is working to institutionalize inclusivity with global and intercultural perspectives,” Brandauer says, “and because I recognize that being a leader in this area means collaborating with our colleagues from around the world who also are grappling with these issues. We have so much to learn from each other.”

Dickinson hosts the sixth-annual GELA conference with support from President Margee Ensign, Provost and Dean of the College Neil Weissman, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Inclusivity and the Center for Global Study & Engagement. Joining Dickinson on the executive GELA consortium team are Carleton, Connecticut, Colby, Hamilton, Wesleyan, Franklin & Marshall and Grinnell colleges and Soka University.

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Published October 1, 2019