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cluding Shultz's baseball seminar. Crossing Boundaries
courses must compare at least two parts of the world,
but there are dozens to choose from.
"We have such a powerful history of study abroad,
but this conception of global learning has been new
for us as a community," said Bill Meiers, an English instructor and academic coordinator for the First Year
Study Abroad Experience, in which some freshmen
start in London and Scotland. "We continue to think
through what it means for us to help students connect
the United States to the rest of the world."
Students must take a two-credit, online class while
they are in the middle of their Global Connections experience reflecting on what they learn about inequities,
inequality, and interconnectedness. Meiers, who's taught
many sections of the reflections course, said it's hard for
some students who "are reluctant to cross class boundaries and see genuine inequality in human form. It makes
(them) uncomfortable. That's part of why it exists. It's
become part of the fabric of the institution."
In an article about Arcadia's reforms in the FIPSE Update newsletter (published by the U.S. Department of

this .' But this made me consider the world
around me as I solved the problem ."
WPI brings in Martin Burt, founder
of FundaciĆ³n Paraguaya, which teaches
poor people to become self-sufficient, to
work with students as "social entrepreneur in residence ."
Burt said WPI students built a part
that got a solar panel working again at
a rural agricultural high school and devised a system to keep newborn piglets
warm .
It isn't just that the WPI students
possess more technological know-how,
he said . On every campus, "there's a
new batch of idealistic students that
want to change the world and be part of
the solution," but they need professors'
guidance .
It helps, too, to give them something
do-able . "You don't tell them to fix a
dam," he said . "For practical purposes,
the big problems are comprised of small
problems, whether it's a solar dish or
preventing some piglets from dying in
the winter ."

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lems (food, transportation, energy,
water, health), each of which could plant
a seed of a lasting professional and civic
interest ."
Pairing faculty from different disciplines is a lesson in itself, Wobbe said . It's
sometimes difficult "to get students to
see why the other things required along
the way-their humanities and art, their
social science-are important ." But in
tackling a problem such as water rights,
the scales start to fall from their eyes .
"While their calculus, chemistry, and
fluids are all very useful, they aren't going to be the best problem solvers unless
they also have a grip on the realities of
government and economics, an awareness of history and culture, and maybe
even how to be persuasive," Wobbe said .
"It forced you to stretch your thinking into the social context of engineering
problems," said freshman Sam Flibbert,
whose team worked on improving water
pumps for poor communities in Paraguay .
"So often I'm just given a math problem
or a chemical formula and told, 'Solve

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dence, Rhode Island, took the seminar
with Professors Diran Apelian (mechanical engineering) and Svetlana Nikitina
(humanities) . Ford's team suggested
ways to clean up Kingston Harbour,
Jamaica .
As freshmen with "little technical
experience, we were forced to reach out
to other professors for help . This taught
us how to network effectively very early
on in our college careers," Ford recalled .
Their ideas weren't acted on, but "we still
learned a lot about how important it is to
engineer solutions within the (local) context ." Apelian and Nikitina subsequently
joined him on projects in Namibia and
France . That initial seminar "defined the
remainder of my time at WPI ."
Nikitina, in Russia with students on
a recycling project, said the best thing
about working with 18-year-olds was
that they were not yet "aware of limits
to their dreams and abilities . We try our
best not to clip their wings too much ."
While just a first step, Nikitina said,
the seminar opens "a catalog of prob-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2013

International Educator - November/december 2013
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Core Values
Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement
When a Student Dies Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Contents
International Educator - November/December 2013 - From the Editors
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 6
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Core Values
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