University 101 Programs

Thinking Globally

Presentation Abstract
Thinking Globally offers your students an exciting first-hand experience with presentations focused on expanding their cultural perspectives and global citizenship. Students will learn about different countries of the world through interactive presentations and conversations with USC international students, known as Thinking Globally Ambassadors. The Ambassadors bring to life various aspects of their cultures through the use of visual aids and interactive discussions, often comparing their culture with American Culture. Students will also learn how to use their newfound cross-cultural competence through discovery of USC programming opportunities, foreign language study, Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Global Leadership, and study abroad.

University 101 Learning Outcomes

III a) Clarify their values and identity and articulate how these shape their perspectives and relationships with people who are similar to and different from themselves.

The purpose of the Thinking Globally presentation is to enlarge students' perspectives so that they are better able to understand disparate cultures. Through the facilitation PowerPoint and the presentations/conversations with international student ambassadors, U101 students become familiar with what it means to be a global citizen. The international student ambassadors share stories that connect, inspire, and educate their audiences, often introducing new perspectives on stereotypes, allowing domestic students to see the United States through the lense of an international. Moreover, Thinking Globally encourages students to explore other cultures and parts of the world as part of their student development in college.

III b) Explore the tenets of the Carolinian Creed.

One of the tenets of the Carolinian Creed reads, "I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions." Thinking Globally is centered around the notion that by getting to know other cultures, U101 students will develop a deeper understanding of diversity in this presentation, which will hopefully lead to a decrease in bigoted thoughts, stereotypes, or microaggressive behavior. Mark Twain wrote that "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." The word "travel" could be substituted with "Thinking Globally," and the statement would still ring true. Not all U101 students will get the opportunity to travel the world, or even the opportunity to travel outside the U.S. However, Thinking Globally brings the world to the classroom so that students can learn from the differences in people, ideas, and opinions.

II a) Identify and use appropriate campus resources and engage in opportunities that contribute to their learning within and beyond the classroom.

During each Thinking Globally class, the graduate assistant or full-time staff facilitator does a short presentation that gets students excited about international opportunities both on campus and beyond. We discuss the various international organizations on campus, International Education Week, World Night, and Buddies Beyond Borders. We explain how to find out more information about studying abroad and Graduating with Leadership Distinction.

Presentation Learning Outcomes
As a result of this presentation, students will:
Interact with international students and learn about the cultures from which they come and their perception of American culture.
Address cultural difference in an engaged dialogue in order to develop a better understanding and appreciation of diversity.
Gain awareness and enthusiasm for international experiences and cross-cultural understanding.

Presentation Outline
Students in a Thinking Globally presentation will learn that experiencing other cultures can begin before going abroad, here in Columbia, SC, by having real conversations with USC international students.

75 minute classes will have a combined format of cultural presentations with interactive whole group and small group discussions.
50 minute classes will have cultural presentations with either interactive whole group or small discussions.
(Please indicate any preferences when booking the 50 minutes campus partner presentation)

1. Short introduction by facilitator (presented by ISS staff member or graduate assistant) addressing:
a. who are the Thinking Globally Ambassadors in the room,
b. and what are some opportunities for global exchange at USC.

2. The Thinking Globally Ambassadors (international students) will present on a range of topics about their country and culture, that may include: cultural differences, relevant history, traditions, food, family life, religion, pop culture, and other societal topics.
a. Each ambassador has created a personalized presentation to reflect his/her own experience and views of their culture.
b. Ambassadors will incorporate interactive discussion and visual aids to engage students
c. Students will be encouraged to ask questions during and after these presentations. Students are divided into groups in order to allow for more intentional time with ambassadors. This encourages more introverted students to speak up and get involved in conversation.
d. A list of suggested questions will be provided to the class to assist with discussion.

3. At the end of the presentation, students will reflect on information gained from the class, learn about further opportunities for global exchange, and complete a short post-presentation assessment.

Presentation Length
50 minutes; 75 minutes;

Presenter Training
Facilitators are either professional staff members or graduate assistants who are well-versed in facilitation and necessary background information. All graduate assistants go through a training in order to ensure professional presentation quality.

Ambassadors go through a selection and interview process. Those selected to become a TG ambassador attend a training at the beginning of the semester. We discuss how to properly create a presentation, subjects to discuss, discussion techniques, and how to create an interactive, informative, interesting presentation. We spend a lot of time on presentation techniques so that ambassadors are prepared to lead a classroom discussion, whether small group or whole group. Throughout the semester, ambassadors are provided with professional development opportunities and reviews on their performance.

Presenters are experts in their subject matter because they are international students. They grew up in the culture(s) they are discussing and the topics they discuss are innate. Although the ambassadors are required to do research in order to provide facts and objective information about their countries, the information is familiar and comes easily for them. Similarly, they have the added bonus of personal experience, which puts a human touch on the statistics. All international students at USC have passed an English exam that ensures their English is at a high enough level to communicate proficiently. In addition to this, all presentations are reviewed by professional staff in order to ensure professional quality.