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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

"Ethics in a Globalized World": A Virtual Convocation Series presented by the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) 

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront questions of ethical responsibility in a global world. What obligations do we have towards our neighbors, and do those same obligations extend to people in distant communities? This panel will explore these critical questions through three lenses: the concept of “universal” ethics and the ways ethics translate across cultures; the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the role of the U.N. ethics office; and the potential need for a new system of ethics. 

  • When? Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4pm EST
  • Who? Giselda Beaudin - Director of Global Initiatives, Rollins College; Dr. Erin Hillis - Director of International Programs, Rhodes College; Anne Ledvina - Director of the Sklenar Center for International Programs, Birmingham Southern College
  • Best for... interested students!
  • How to join: You must register in-advance (using your college/university e-mail address) -

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Critical Conversations on Global Issues with SIT

During the Fall 2020 semester, the School for International Training (SIT) is hosting Critical Conversations, a free webinar series designed to inspire community-wide dialogue on global, interdisciplinary topics. The semester-long series will bring together our faculty, staff, and alumni around the world for a variety of virtual events. 


Faculty Lecture Series – Kick off each week with a lecture where SIT will introduce the Critical Global Issue for the week. The lecture will draw on expertise and perspectives from the Global South and will be moderated by Academic Dean Dr. Cheikh Thiam and Dean of Faculty Dr. Said Graiouid. Prior to the lecture, you are encouraged to check out the resource guide on the website for extra ways to immerse yourself in the week's topics.

Open House – Tour SIT's programs from the comfort of your home! Each week they will feature one SIT program within the week's Critical Global Issue. The virtual site visit will allow you to learn about the program firsthand from SIT's on-site directors, faculty members, and staff.

Admissions Webinar – Meet SIT's admissions counselors who will provide you with details about the admissions process, course options, upcoming changes, and more. Admissions counselors will be available to answer any questions you may have about programs related to the week's Critical Global Issue.

Alumni Spotlight – Get to know our network! These sessions will highlight SIT's alumni from SIT Study Abroad, International Honors Program, and SIT Graduate Institute. They may include research presentations, career panel discussions, and videos from alumni who participated in programs within the Critical Global Issue of the week.

Special Topics Session – Broaden your knowledge on matters related to international education and study abroad. We will host a session each week on a topic outside of the Critical Global Issues, such as Scholarships & Financial Aid, Careers in International Education, The Future of Study Abroad, and more.

  • September 28-October 2: Identity & Human Resilience (session recordings available online!)
  • October 12-16: Peace and Justice
  • October 19-23: Climate and Environment
  • October 26-30: Geopolitics and Power
  • November 9-13: Development and Inequality
  • November 16-20: Education and Social Change

For more information and to register, click here.

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

  • August 28, 3:30-4:30pm
  • October 2, 3:30-4:30pm
  • October 23, 3:30-4:30pm
  • November 20, 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.