This poster session will demonstrate how academic libraries could encourage pre-college students to overcome racial and cultural boundaries by promoting community engagement projects that focus on world culture. Infusing global citizenship into outreach programs will inspire students to pursue global knowledge by understanding communities outside their own. This process will enrich the projects and stimulate students' thinking beyond their smaller individual environments so they might know their place within the planetary human community. The culture shock students experience when they arrive to a university or the work force can be softened because of libraries' leadership in shaping global preparedness. We will outline examples of specific outreach initiatives and how the inclusion of globalization enriches these projects. This includes a diverse range of initiatives from localized events like the UT Libraries' mini STEM conferences, to a global issues curriculum for national high school programs such as the Educational Advancement Program and Project GRAD.
This project will demonstrate how other libraries can adapt and partner in this approach to their own diversity and cultural initiatives.
Kerschner, L. M.. (2002). Teaching World Literature: Preparing Global Citizens. The English Journal,91(5), 76-81. http://doi.org/10.2307/821402
While this is a simple initiative, the impact that it will have on students could be lifechanging.
Diversity Resident/Social Science Librarian
University of Tennessee Knoxville