Caryn McTighe Musil – Global Learning and Action: What’s at Stake?
Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Civic learning and Democracy at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, spoke at Colorado State University on Tuesday, October 15, 2014. Her lecture, “Global Learning and Action: What’s at Stake?”, examined social responsibility as a core dimension of global learning.
Global Learning and Action: What’s at Stake?
It is increasingly common for colleges and universities to embrace preparing students to be global citizens who are able to function successfully in an interdependent world where diversity is the norm. But in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ recently released Global Learning Rubric created by global practitioners over a two-year period, social responsibility emerged as a core dimension of global learning. This talk will explore the implications for global learning in the face of its implicit civic dimensions that involve not just knowledge but choices about acting on what one knows. How do these developments press the academy to rethink pedagogies and program designs and tread into new unsettling arenas that involve taking action? What is at stake if we cower?
Caryn McTighe Musil
Caryn McTighe Musil is the Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Until November 2012, she served as the Senior Vice President of Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives at AAC&U. Under her leadership, the office mobilized powerful and overlapping educational reform movements involving civic, diversity, global learning, women’s issues, and personal and social responsibility. Dr. Musil has special expertise in curriculum and faculty development, which she applies through a variety of programming.
Dr. Musil is currently directing a multi-project national initiative, called Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. As part of this initiative, Dr. Musil worked in partnership with the Global Perspective Institute (GPI) to host a series of national roundtable meetings to learn from a broad spectrum of leaders within and beyond higher education about how to make civic learning an expected outcome for every college student. Dr. Musil was lead author in the resulting report to the Department of Education A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future. A Crucible Moment was officially released January 10, 2012 at a special White House release event.
Dr. Musil also leads a new project specifically targeting humanities courses in community colleges as sources for illuminating issues of democracy, equity, and responsible engagement. This project, entitled Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Community, Difference, and Democratic Thinking will work with ten competitively-selected community colleges to infuse themes related to democracy and difference into the humanities. Dr. Musil also lead the multi-project initiative “Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility,” that focused on engaging students with core questions about their ethical responsibilities to self and others, and about their responsibilities as citizens in a diverse democracy.