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Gonzaga’s Global Engagement Leader Collaborates on Fulbright Project in Colombia


SPOKANE, Wash. – Joseph Kinsella, assistant academic vice president for Gonzaga University’s Center for Global Engagement, has been invited by Javeriana University in Cali, Colombia to participate in a Fulbright Specialist Project to consult with the sister Jesuit institution involving curricular internationalization.

Specifically, the project will develop curricular learning goals that integrate disciplinary, institutional and national standards with international and intercultural learning goals. As part of the project, an assessment plan will be developed for Javeriana-Cali to more closely align curriculum to its institutional mission and to measure its effectiveness in doing so.

The project has grown out of the 2000 Twinning Agreement between the Oregon and Colombian provinces of the Society of Jesus to promote programs of mutual educational and apostolic benefit. The initiative is grounded in successful faculty and staff exchanges between Gonzaga and Javeriana, including workshops developed by Marilyn Runyan and Jennie Sevedge from Gonzaga’s English Language Center.

Also, Lazarina Topuzova, assistant professor in Gonzaga Master’s of Organizational Leadership Program, has taught a course at Javeriana for several years that focuses on community development, the relationship between small business coffee growers and community engagement, and the development of grassroots leadership. Kinsella will travel to Colombia for the project — continuing the collaborative engagement between the universities.

“What is exciting for Gonzaga is this federally sponsored project will help us realize our role in the Twinning Agreement,” Kinsella said, adding he envisions more collaboration between the two universities. “In addition to very solid initiatives that exist around language learning and faculty exchange, there is also opportunity for Gonzaga and Javeriana to collaborate around virtual learning – another key piece of their internationalization efforts – and community-based service-learning.” For more information, please contact Joseph Kinsella at (509) 313-6356.

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