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Windows to the World is GSW's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), adopted in 2014, and introduces GSW to world cultures and perspectives through programs and experiential activities designed to expand participants' intercultural knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The goal of W2W is to cultivate students' intercultural competencies so that they may communicate effectively and appropriately with others as citizens of a global economic community. Like a window, W2W opens in two directions bringing the world to GSW and taking GSW to the world. 

2015-16 W2W Programs

9.22.15     "Sustainability: Can we balance the needs of people, plant, and profit?"                        9.23.15     "Life in Dubai:  From Deserts to Divas!" with Dr. Suzanne Conner, School of Business  

Student Learning Outcomes for W2W Programs:

  1. Students will be able to identify, describe and explain cultural differences (Students will demonstrate an understanding of culture as a complex and dynamic concept)
  2. Students will ask questions about other cultures and be able to find answers to those questions (Students will demonstrate cultural self-awareness and recognize how stereotypes develop and where they come from)
  3. Students will interact with people from other cultures. (Students will develop and apply intercultural communication skills in their interactions across boundaries in diverse environments) 

Hosting a Windows to the World Event:

GSW faculty, staff and student organizations are encouraged to submit a proposal to host a Windows to the World Program.  Please see W2W Program GUIDELINES and complete a Program Proposal.

W2W:  A Graduation Requirement

  • All full-time first year students will be required to attend six Windows to the World (W2W) seminars while they pursue a degree at GSW (from fall 2014 onward).  W2W seminars include designated convocations, campus presentations, and a variety of intercultural activities. At least two will be scheduled per semester.
  • To receive credit for W2W programs students will need to swipe their ID's at each event and complete an electronic evaluation to be sent to them.  W2W credits received will be listed on students' academic transcript.
  • Upon completing six W2W seminars students are required to write a comprehensive reflective essay. For more information of the W2W program and degree requirement, contact your academic advisor or the Office of International Programs.  

2014-15 Windows to the World Events

The Middle East

Students in Nicaragua

Students in Shanghai! 

The Reality of Living in a Global Community / the Philippines

Teaching Circle with Dr. Rodney Davis 

Related Links:

Faculty Resources - International Education

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