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UNCG’s Global Village living-learning community gets national recognition

Photo of Phillips/Hawkins Residence HallThe American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has recognized UNCG’s Global Village living-learning community as a leader in global engagement. Global Village was one of just five university programs nationally to receive the ACTFL Global Engagement Award.

Dr. Susanne Rinner, Global Village coordinator and director of undergraduate studies in German, accepted the award on Nov. 21 at the council’s annual convention in San Diego.

“We are excited and grateful that the Global Village has received this national recognition,” Rinner said. “A lot of people, including faculty, staff and students, collaborated in order to conceptualize and implement this community. Everyone should feel very accomplished.”

Established in 2012, UNCG’s Global Village offers first-year students the opportunity to live and learn with fellow students who are interested in exploring diverse languages and world cultures. Students live together in Phillips/Hawkins Residence Hall, which also houses the university’s international exchange students. Global Village students enroll in a common core of global courses and choose to study at least one of six languages offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

In this living-learning community, students can participate in a wide range of multicultural activities, including film screenings, guest lectures, festivals and weekly language practice.

“We foster ties across campus that allow our students to take advantage of all the opportunities that UNCG offers,” Rinner said. “Our goal is to help students excel academically and grow personally.”

UNCG’s Global Village is just one of many ways the university seeks to foster diversity and offer multicultural experiences. Students can explore other cultures through the Office of Intercultural Engagement, the annual UNCG International Festival in the spring, study abroad and a variety of other campus organizations and activities.

With more than 12,500 members across the nation, ACTFL is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. To learn more about the organization, visit actfl.org.

For more information about Global Village, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian