The University of Arizona's U.S. Department of Education Title VI Centers — Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), Center for Latin America Studies (CLAS) and Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) organize an annual Community College Educators Conference each January. This conference is designed to provide community college educators with resources to promote international curriculum at the community college level.
This year's conference will be held on January 19-20, 2024. The theme, "Embracing Counternarratives for Global Learning," will explore the transformative power of counternarratives in promoting the global learning characteristic of inclusive and culturally diverse community college curricula.
A counternarrative is a response or alternative perspective that challenges or opposes a dominant or mainstream narrative. It provides a different interpretation of events, ideas, or cultural norms, often aiming to shed light on perspectives, experiences, or historical facts that might have been marginalized or overlooked by the dominant narrative.
Counternarratives can serve various purposes, such as highlighting marginalized voices, exposing hidden truths, critiquing existing power structures, or promoting social change. They are commonly employed in social, political, and cultural contexts to offer a more inclusive and comprehensive understanding of complex issues. Consequently, counternarratives can play a significant role in shaping public discourse, challenging established norms, and encouraging critical thinking about prevailing narratives.
We invite proposals that explore various aspects of counternarratives and the ways in which you have employed counternarratives to internationalize your instruction.
More information can be found here.