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My Ethic for Global Learning

My Ethic for Global Learning

Tool Objectives:

  1. To analyze typical attitudes and behaviors of some U.S. students and travelers so as to recognize and challenge hedonistic tendencies in contemporary education abroad practices.
  2. To consider the potential positive and negative effects of student travel and tourism on host communities and the environment.
  3. To articulate your personal ethic for global learning and engagement.

Tool Description:

This tool will facilitate the process of recognizing the potential positive and negative effects of international educational travel on host communities and the environment. Through classroom discussion, supplemental readings and video instruction, students will confront the hedonistic tendencies within education abroad by bringing student attitudes and behaviors to conscious awareness. Students will develop a personal “Ethic for Global Learning.”

Tool Procedures:

  1. Schedule class time to show the video Cannibal Tours (1987).  Directed by Dennis O’Rourke, the video is approximately 80 minutes in length, but it is not necessary to watch the entire footage.  The viewing guide will help students begin to recognize the ethical issues involved in global travel. Penn State’s Media & Technology Support Services has only one VHS copy.  Alternative films could include the 2001 documentary Life and Debt, which examines the economic and social situation in Jamaica, or the popular mainstream film, The Beach, which tells the story of an American backpacker in Thailand.
  2. Students should be required to read three related articles, as follows:
    • McLaren, D., “Tourism Development in the Local Community.” Rethinking Tourism and Ecotravel.
    • Ogden, A., “The View from the Veranda: Understanding Today’s Colonial Student.”  Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.
    • Slimbach, R.,  “The Mindful Traveler.”  World Wise: Global Learning for the Common Good.
  3. After students have viewed Cannibal Tours and read the three related articles, allow at least one class period to discuss the impact of international educational travel. Facilitate a discussion of how to minimize the negative impacts and maximize the positive effects of your scheduled group travel abroad.  Potential topics of discussion may also include perceptions of American tourists abroad, ethics of tourism, and the WTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. Assign students to write a 3-5 page personal ethic for global learning.
  4. Optional: Consider having students revise their personal ethic after the international travel component, or to write a supplemental reflection paper on their international experience in relation to their personal ethic for global learning.

Tool Evaluation:

Students should submit a 3-5 page “Ethic for Global Learning” within two weeks of the international travel component. Details of this assignment should be written into the course syllabus and account for a predetermined course grade percentage, preferably 20% of the final course grade. Grading should be based on completion of the assignment as specified.

Tool Time Requirement:

One or two class sessions (pre-departure)

Tool Author(s):

R. Slimbach & A. Ogden, 2009

Tool Handouts [.doc or .docx]:
My Ethic for Global Learning Handout

Episode 29: Cultural Lens on U.S. Higher Education: Analyzing International Perceptions of 'Anti-Woke’ Discourse

Dive into a nuanced exploration of the global discourse surrounding higher education in the United States. Join us for a panel discussion with esteemed international educators as we embark on a journey through the lenses of culture and international perspective, examining how global audiences interpret and engage with the ‘anti-woke’ discourse within the context of U.S. higher education. This engaging panel discussion will delve into the intersections of culture, ideology, and education, and the complex landscape of how international audiences perceive the ‘anti-woke’ narrative that has emerged within U.S. academia.

Whether you’re a senior international officer, or simply curious about the diverse viewpoints shaping U.S. higher education, this podcast episode will provide an invaluable space for critical analysis and insightful conversations.

Speaker Biography:

Fanta Aw is a distinguished leader in international education, renowned for her extensive contributions to global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and educational equity. With a deep commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and promoting educational excellence, she has significantly impacted the international education community.

Fanta Aw’s career has been characterized by her dedication to advancing global education initiatives, promoting diversity and inclusion, and nurturing partnerships that transcend borders. She has held influential roles in various organizations, advocating for the importance of international collaboration and learning experiences that empower individuals to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

As a thought leader and visionary, Fanta Aw’s insights and expertise have shaped discussions on the future of international education, emphasizing the significance of equitable access, cultural exchange, and lifelong learning. Her work has not only elevated institutions but has also inspired countless individuals to embrace the transformative power of global education.

Date: September 14th, 2023
Time: 12 noon ET

Sponsored by:

Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.