Global Bryn Mawr coordinates and communicates the College's global engagement in the arenas of learning, community, and infrastructure. The College takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary, institution-wide approach to global learning, on and off campus. Integral to this approach is an institution-wide network of committees comprised of faculty and staff members that, led by the Associate Dean for Global Engagement, work with departments across the College to prioritize, support, manage, incubate, and communicate international and intercultural activities.
Since Global Bryn Mawr was launched in 2016, it has created new grant programs for faculty, staff, and students; supported the development of new student opportunities for study abroad and exchange, summer study abroad, and summer internships abroad (examples include Fundación Tierra De Esperanza, Chile for summer internships; The Sijal Institute in Amman, Jordan for Arabic language and Middle East Study/cultural immersion; Aberystwyth University in Wales for a study-abroad program); supported the work of visiting scholars; created a travel registry and planning process for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; established a college travel registry and safety preparedness approach; and enhanced communications about global engagement at the College within the institution and beyond it.
Global learning at Bryn Mawr is not new. It is baked into our history. Our initial requirements mandated knowledge of four languages to graduate. Our first few graduating classes included Umeko Tsuda, who founded Tsuda University in Japan, and Emily Green Balch, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for co-founding the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Global learning at Bryn Mawr:
- Threads through everything we do
- Is seen as relevant and vital for all students
- Crosses disciplinary boundaries
- Occurs both within and beyond the classroom
- Integrates scholarship and action
- Understands that 21st century knowledge must come from global dialogue
- Builds global connections that inform thinking and last a lifetime
- Values a globally diverse student body as a source for mutual learning
Umeko Tsuda traveling to the U.S. as part of the Iwakura Mission,1871.