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Upcoming Events:

International Education Week- Join us this Thursday, November 17. Featuring a WLAC student led panel.

The Asian American Achievement Paradox- Professor Min Zhou, UCLA. Hosted at WLAC Dec. 1, in GC 160, from 1-3PM.

Thank you for attending the 2016 Global Conference, see you next year!



Current Topics:

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here: One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs


Past Symposium Events:

When is MIgration a Crisis?- Professor Asli U Bali

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop - Professor Muhammad Habib

Global Health in Asia Panel - May Wang & Corrina Moucheraud (UCLA)

Music Recital Featuring Middle Eastern Melodies from Azerbaijan and Iran - By Vocalist Vahit Bayat & Percussionist Erfan Nazemzadeh

The Flow of Immigrants and the Prospects for Peace in Syria and Sudan - Dr. Tamer Balci (University of Texas) , Dr. Meric Keskinel (WLAC) , Dr. Christopher Lee (WLAC) , Dr. Lako Tongun (Pitzer College)

The Ball is Round: Soccer, History & Society - David Goldblatt (Pitzer College)

Trade Competitiveness in the 21 Century - Dr. Sarita Jackson (CEO Global Research Institute of International Trade)                  


2015 - West Partners With The University of West Los Angeles to Enrich Global Education more


SPRING 2016: East met West when a visiting Chinese troupe performed with local gospel choirs in the WLAC Fine Arts Gallery.

SPRING 2016: "The Flow of Immigrants and the Prospects for Peace in Syria and Sudan"  - Distinguished guest speakers Dr. Tamer Balci and Dr. Lako Tongun and WLAC Professors Dr. Christopher Lee and Dr. Meric Keskinel participated in this panel more

Previous Conferences


2015 ~ Creating the Global Experience



presentations from our speakers:

Generation Study Abroad: IIE Summit 2015 - Gary Rhodes

California College for International Education (CCIE) - Rosalind Raby

Gilman International Scholarship Information 


Speaker List:

Terry McCarthy was appointed President and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council in July 2012. Prior to that, he traveled the world for television and print media for 27 years, covering politics, business, military, social and environmental issues across the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has managed bureaus in the US and overseas, and set up two bureaus in war zones. He speaks six languages, has won four Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award.

Rosalind Raby is a Senior Lecturer at California State University, Northridge in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department of the College of Education and is an affiliate faculty for the ELPS Ed.D. Community College program. She also serves as the Director of California Colleges for International Education, a non-profit consortium whose membership includes 89 California community colleges.

Cindy Fan is as Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, Professor Fan is UCLA's senior international officer and is responsible for the university's global strategy, international partnerships and global engagement. She works closely with the UCLA Chancellor's office to strengthen the university's relationships and partnerships all over the world. She also provides strategic leadership for UCLA's international programs, including overseeing the International Institute and its more than 25 interdisciplinary research centers and degree programs.

Tasha Willis is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at CSU, Los Angeles and the Vice President of the Social Work Abroad Program, a 501c3 organization committed to providing international learning opportunities for US-based social work students and faculty. She has led or supported education programs to Costa Rica, Thailand, Ghana, Guatemala, and Venezuela.

Gordon Dossett is a professor of English at Santa Monica College. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education at USC and has led two study abroad programs-a semester-long program to England and a summer program to Ireland. He is the founding faculty leader of Santa Monica College's global citizenship initiative and the college's current chair of the Global Citizenship Committee. he has been accepted to the Fullbright Specialist Roster for work in promoting global citizenship.

Frank Serna is the Director of Strategic Partnerships with International Studies Abroad (ISA). For most of his 10+ years in international education, Frank has focused on the short and long-term benefits of study abroad, helping students to reflect upon and process their international experiences, and oversaw a program that sent about 10% of his student population each year to destinations around the world.

Gary Rhodes is Associate Dean of International Education and Senior International Officer at California State University Dominguez Hills and Director of the Center for Global Education. Rhodes is active in both AIEA and NAFSA and other international education associations. He presents and publishes frequently on issues of university internationalization, diversity, health and safety and study abroad, and integrating international students.

Rupert Ward is one of fewer than thirty people in the UK to hold the two highest higher education fellowships (National Teaching Fellowship and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy). His core expertise is in technology enhanced learning, higher education policy and practice and physics. He has an established international reputation in pedagogy via contributions nationally and internationally to higher education development, professional bodies, steering groups and committees, as well as a sustained output of high-quality publications in journals and conferences.

Jack Ruebensaal is Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies for the Los Angeles Community College District. Currently Professor Ruebensaal is teaching as well as facilitating the establishment of the Global Studies and the International Area Studies Programs at West L.A. College. Over the past 15 years, he has been a lead faculty member in bringing groups of American students to China on study tours. During his two sabbatical semesters at West, he taught at Beijing International Studies University as well as Dalian University and the Dalian University of Science and Technology.

2014 ~ Educating a Global Citizen

On Friday, May 2, 2014, over 90 faculty from West and neighboring colleges participated in the Educating a Global Citizen conference.  Featured presenters included:

  1. Carlos Alberto Torres, PhD….Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carols Torres did his undergraduate work in sociology at the Jesuit Universidad del Salvador, in Buenos Aires. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford. Dr. Torres has authored 40 books and more than 150 research articles, chapters in books, and entries in encyclopedias in several languages. He has participated in and presented papers and keynote addresses at numerous national and world congresses. His most recent book develops the connections between citizenship, democracy, and multiculturalism in education, with a comparative focus on Canada, the United States, and Latin America. His current research, in the political sociology of education, focuses on the cultural organizational contexts of learning and the tensions resulting from the dialectics of the global and the local in cultural creation in the social sciences in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Dr. Torres is director of the Paulo Freire Institute at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies where he is both a professor and associate dean for global programs
  2. Carl FIsher, PhD….holds a Ph.D. Comparative Literature from UCLA. His interests include 18th & 19th century European literature, comedy and satire, literature and history, medicine & literature, and visual culture.  Carl is a professor of Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics at CSU Long Beach.   
  3. Edward Park, PhD….a professor in the Asian Pacific American Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He received his Ph.D. in ethnic studies and a master’s degree in city and regional planning, both at the University of California, Berkeley. His research topics include migration studies, race relations, urban studies, and economic sociology. His most recent publications examine the transformation of Koreatown since the Los Angeles Civil Unrest of 1992 and comparative migration policies in transpacific context.

Following a lively discussion between faculty and the presenters, the group were treated to a fabulous lunch of kebabs, rice, salads, enchiladas, and vegetarian dishes.

After lunch, faculty moved through break out activities where they learned about the rich tapestry of world cultures available in Los Angeles by interacting with knowledgeable individuals from those communities.

Click here for photos of the day.

2013 ~ Globalizing your Curriculum

On Friday, May 10, 2013, West welcomed Mary Beth Furst from Howard Community College, half way between Washington DC and Baltimore.  About 40 faculty from West saw how colleagues at Howard approached globalizing their curriculum including

  1. sample assignments
  2. professional development and activities
  3. how students benefit
  4. the global scholar designation on students transcripts
  5. what was learned

There were a variety of breakout groups including one where the four faculty working on West’s Global Studies Initiative -- Jack Ruebensaal, Olga Shewfelt, Clare Norris ,and Grace Chee -- talked about their vision for area students in Africa, Asia, and Latin America studies.

Event News Wheel

West hosts university faculty and administrators from around the world
In the last several years, multiple delegations from higher education institutions and ministries from around the world have visited West as part of their US Department of State-sponsored tours of American college and universities.  During the roughly two-hour visit to the campus, the groups generally take a quick tour of the college and then engage with a variety students, staff, faculty, and administrators in a discussion about the role of a community college in the higher education system, learning about West in the process, and share common realities.  Groups have come from: Russia, Iraq, China, Brazil, South America, and Central America.

If you interested in learning more about these visits or being part of these discussions, please contact Mark Pracher.

Click here for photos of the meetings

West invites collaboration with colleagues in other countries
In meetings with the foreign institutions, often the topic of how can work together comes up.  One proposal is a look at what is common between institutions--teaching and learning--and build from small interactions to larger one.  Click here for a white paper on this.

We are looking for faculty who might be interested in working with peers at colleges or universities in other countries.  The basic idea is:

  1. faculty enter into a discussion most likely through email, and share information on their courses, what courses they teach, what topics they cover, what courses are in the discipline or department, how they grade, what students learn, the course approval process, teaching techniques, and other topics that are of common interest
  2. this relationship building can lead to both instructors finding a way to have students do a common exercise and share that experience with each other
  3. then it might be possible for each faculty member to be a guest speaker on a common topic in each others’ class(es)

With real-time conferencing technology students and faculty in two classes at two colleges in two countries can collaborate on project, in discussions, both student-led and faculty developed.  Where this ultimately  goes after these types of initial activities will be seen over time.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jack Ruebensaal or Mark Pracher.

Proyecto 100,000

Twenty college students from Mexico enhance their English language skills and learn about American culture at West.

In September 2014, West responded to an invitation from the Mexican Ministry of Education to US colleges and universities to participate in Proyecto 100,000--a project to send 100,000 Mexican college students to US colleges and universities to improve their English and develop a deeper understanding of American culture.  West’s Language Academy stepped up and responded that we could host a group of 20 students.

In late October we learned who our students would be and where they were coming from.  All were from the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon; 19 were students at the Universidad Technologica Linares and one was from the Universidad Technologica de Guaymas .

They arrived on Halloween and settled in over the weekend.  The first class day was Monday, November 3, as they joined other West Language Academy students.  In addition to English language classes, students traveled LA, attended regular classes at West, traveled throughout the city, attended the International Students Thanksgiving event, attended a Clippers game and more.

This is a multi-year project of the Ministry of Education and West is looking forward to hosting groups in each of the next few years.