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Center of Global Initiatives

Center for Global Initiatives

The Center for Global Initiatives at Rollins College leads efforts to enhance campus internationalization and global learning and provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities for global engagement.

Upcoming Events

Spring Global Business Forum: Webinar Series

Instead of the in-person Global Business Forum that we hold every Spring, we are partnering with the World Affairs Council of Dallas and Fort Worth to offer a series of webinars with notable speakers that are all free and open to the public.

  • Sebastian Mallaby - Council on Foreign Relations and author, The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan - Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 11:00 AM CT
  • Robert Zoellick - Fellow of Harvard's Belfer Center and former president of the World Bank, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and U.S. Trade Representative. Author of America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy - Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:00 PM CT
  • Paul Krugman - Nobel-Prize-winning Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and author of Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future - Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:00 PM CT
  • Ayman Safadi - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Expatriates, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 10:00 AM CT
  • Darrell M. West - Vice President of the Brookings Institution, Director of its program in Governance Studies, and co-author of Turning Point; Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence - Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:00 PM CT
  • Elizabeth Economy - Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Hoover Institution, and author, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State - Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:00 PM CT
  • Best for... All students, faculty, study abroad partners, alumni, staff, and global citizens!

For detailed information on the speakers, schedule, and free registration, see:

Perspectives from the Global South Faculty Lectures

Join SIT faculty and partners as they investigate the limits of Western modernity and reimagine the global matrix of power. Centering expertise from the Global South, the faculty lectures featured this spring will examine the current crisis of democracy and the pervasiveness of coloniality; celebrate the impact of Global South women scientists within environmental management and conservation; analyze the critical interaction between water and geopolitics; explore indigenous constructions of power and social organization; outline alternative approaches to health and education, and parse apart the entangled relationship of spirituality and ecological awareness.

  • Decoloniality and the Future of Democracy | Wednesday, 2/17 | 12-1:30 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • Gender Politics and Global South Women's Engagement in Science | Monday, 3/8 | 12-1:30 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • The Geopolitics of Water as Lived in the Global South | Monday, 3/22 | 12-1:30 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • Rethinking the Good Life: A Global South Perspective on Health and Well-being | Wednesday, 4/7 | 11 AM - 12 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • New Frontiers of Higher Education: From Gender Leadership to Digital Humanities | Monday, 4/19 | 11 AM - 12 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • Himalayan Spirituality, Economics, and the Environment | Monday, 5/3 | 11 AM - 12 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • Endogenous Models of Democracy: The Experience of Indigenous Peoples in Peru and Chile | Monday, 5/10 | 11 AM - 12 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • Best for... All students, faculty, study abroad partners, alumni, staff, and global citizens!

For detailed information about each topic in the complete series, visit:

GLI Presents: The East Africa Virtual Summit Series

In partnership with Cornell University and other institutions, the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) is hosting a free three-part event that focuses on three key themes. The goal of the series is to bring together global scholars (faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, recent graduates) who are working on community development in East Africa to “Listen. Think. Act” about the best practices in the field. 

  • (1) Public Health - September 18, 2020 - 11 AM - 12:30 PM EST
  • (2) Education - Friday, December 11, 2020 - 11 AM-12:30 PM EST - Featuring Rollins' own Dr. Sharon Carnahan
  • (3) Social Impact & Conservation - Friday, February 19, 2021 - 11 AM - 1 PM EST

To register, click here:

Best for... All students, faculty, study abroad partners, alumni, staff, and global citizens!

Experience SIT

Sample the global SIT experience from the comfort of your home! Take a salsa dancing class with SIT in Panama or learn how to cook a traditional meal with an SIT homestay family in Jordan. Try out an introductory language course in Quechua or Arabic and meet our Academic Directors and faculty on-site in Nepal, Cameroon, South Africa, the Netherlands, Iceland, and Ghana.

  • Cook "Upside Down" with SIT Jordan | Thursday, 2/25 | 1-2:30 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • Come Dance with Us - Salsa Lesson with SIT Panama | Thursday, 3/25 | 8-9 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • The Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit - Practice Yoga with SIT India | Tuesday, 4/6 | 11 AM - 12 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • SIT Language Sampler: Learn QUECHUA - The Language of the Andes | Wednesday, 5/5 | 1-2 PM EST | Click Here to Register
  • Best for... All students, faculty, study abroad partners, alumni, staff, and global citizens!

For detailed information about each topic in the complete series, visit:

Coming up...

March 25, 1:00 - 1:50 PM 

Back to the Future: From AIDS to Covid-19

This lecture focuses on the similarities and differences between the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and the current Covid-19 pandemic. It introduces the history of the AIDS crisis and explores how and why AIDS is (not) remembered when talking about COVID-19. It asks questions such as: how is memory political? Whose lives matter? What will a post-covid future be like?

  • Led by Jaime Garcia Iglesias, Ph.D., Mildred Baxter Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh
  • Funded by Global Initiatives Committee Grant and Sociology of Health and Illness Foundation
  • For More Info: Dr. Zeynep Teymuroglu, Department Math and Computer Science, 
  • Best for... All students, faculty, study abroad partners, alumni, staff, and global citizens!


The Center is led by a Faculty Coordinator, currently Dr. Jim Johnson, the Director of Global Initiatives, and an all-campus committee with the following representatives:
  • Jim Johnson, Faculty Coordinator - Committee Co-Chair
  • Giselda Beaudin, Director of Global Initiatives - Committee Co-Chair, Office of International Programs
  • Jenifer Ruby, International Student and Scholar Services Representative
  • Ed Bustos and Brandy Fransen, International Admissions Representatives
  • Hilary Cooperman, Zackary Gilmore, Emily Nodine, Alberto Prieto-Calixto, Blake Robinson, Marc Sardy: Divisional Elected College of Liberal Arts Faculty Representatives
  • Keith Whittingham, Crummer Graduate School of Business Representative
  • Doragnes Bradshaw, At-Large Elected Staff Representative
  • Valerie Cepero, Student Representative

  • January 22, 3:30-4:30pm
  • February 19, 3:30-4:30pm
  • March 26, 3:30-4:30pm
  • April 23, 3:30-4:30pm

Please contact Giselda Beaudin for the WebEx link if you wish to attend a meeting. All meetings are open to the campus community. Previous meeting minutes are posted to Rollins Scholarship online and are accessible to members of the Rollins community.