Globalizing the Community College Curriculum Conference


Annually the four Title IV National Resource Centers at the University of Arizona, The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy (CERCLL), the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), combine to host the Globalizing the Community College Curriculum Conference (GCCC). This conference aims to bring together community college educators nationwide to share their research and experiences integrating international topics into their lessons. Community college educators across all subjects and positions are welcome to present and apply.

2024 Conference

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.

This conference is free and will be meeting in-person. Two meals and a light breakfast will be included for all participants.

We invite educators, scholars, researchers, administrators and practitioners from across the country to join your colleagues as we share personal successes and challenges, explore innovative ideas, and showcase best practices.

Registeration is now closed. 

More information about the conference including the schedule and program is available on the GCCC 2024 Conference Website

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Conference Timeline

  • Early October: Call for Papers
  • Mid-November: CfP Deadline
  • Late November: Announcement of selected presenters
  • January: Conference

Conference Location

The University of Arizona, Tucson

Previous Conferences

7th Annual (2023): Add Food and Stir

Community Colleges are doing important work, educating a large percentage of post-secondary students to become part of a globalized world. As such, it is vital to internationalize the curricula of community college classes; the topic of food, as a universal need and cultural touchstone, provides an accessible gateway to the world. The conference offers an opportunity to learn from and share with colleagues across community college departments and campuses how you use the topics of food and cuisine to internationalize your curriculum.