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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


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!

Coming up...

GLI Presents: The East Africa Virtual Summit Series

In partnership with Cornell University and other institutions, the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) is hosting a 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) Conservation - Date and Time TBD

To register and check out previous summits, 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

  • 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 acessible to members of the Rollins community.