Global Learning at Home
Global Learning at Home refers to both virtual and on-campus initiatives that provide opportunities for students to engage with Global Learning without the need to physically travel abroad. The primary objective of Global Learning is to engage with and learn from the diversity of the world's cultures, knowledge systems, worldviews, perspectives, and nations, and to do that you definitely don't need to get on a plane or leave the country!
Due to the limitations on in-person activity right now, our Global Learning at Home initiatives are focused on Virtual Global Learning. Either within the classroom or co-curricular, there are opportunities to engage collaboratively with peers around the world.
Get Involved Across Campus!
For other ways to get involved, from student groups to discussions series, check out our examples below.
Ryerson International’s new Global Solidarity Series will focus on Indigenous Perspectives from Turtle Island and Beyond for the 2020-2021 academic year. A series of recorded conversations with Indigenous leaders and land defenders globally will be released throughout the year, so stay tuned!
Cultural Connections is open to all Ryerson students. It is an intercultural understanding program that provides students with the opportunity to connect across differences and similarities. This program promotes acceptance and appreciation of different cultures and the capacity to function interdependently with people from different cultural backgrounds.
International Issues Discussion (IID), external link, external link series is a student-led forum designed to engage all members of the university community on major events and issues in contemporary global affairs.
Be sure to explore the course options available to you that include international perspectives, whether part of your core curriculum or within Liberal Studies. From Ryerson’s program in Language and Intercultural Relations to courses that range from International Perspectives in Criminology, to Health: A Global Perspective, from Ethics and Regulation of International Business, to International Media Storytelling, there are many options to explore.
Ryerson’s local WUSC committee, opens in new window (World University Services Canada) facilitates the student refugee program and seeks to raise awareness of global issues in our community.
Ryerson Student Union’s Student Group Listing, external link, opens in new window, external link, external link includes dozens of groups that connect local and international communities, facilitating opportunities for global learning at home.
Be sure to check out our new Internationalization at Home fund. If you are interested in developing your own initiative that connects to the themes of Global Learning at Home, you can apply for funding as part of the Student Initiatives Fund (SIF).
An important part of Global Learning at Home is understanding and learning about, from and with the indigneous nations that exist within and across Canada’s borders.
- Check out Ryerson’s Aboriginal site for news and information
- Enrol in a course available at Ryerson focused on Aboriginal issues, such as those within the Chang School’s certificate program in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences
- Check out the various research guides available at the library that focus on Aboriginal Issues
- Familiarize yourself with Ryerson’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and read the summary of the community consultation report PDF filePDF fileTruth and Reconciliation at Ryerson: Building a Foundation for Generations to Come
Remember, Ryerson is already home to diverse perspectives and cultures. Don't forget that many of your peers here at home bring global perspectives to the classroom. Don't be shy to engage with international students and others from different backgrounds, challenge yourself to work collaboratively outside of your normal social groups, and recognize that the opportunity to learn from global perspectives is all around us if we make the effort to engage and learn.