Welcome to the spring issue of the Global Initiatives Newsletter!
We are excited to report that our students have been able to once again fully embrace the study abroad experience with the resumption of traditional, mobility-based programming on our campuses in New York City, Rome, Paris, and Limerick amidst ever-changing Covid-19 restrictions. In this issue, we invite you to read about how our colleagues have kept the myriad of programs and activities alive for students and the St. John’s community at large while navigating all of the challenges the pandemic has brought.
As with so many aspects of our lives that have been reconsidered and reimagined as a result of the pandemic, our efforts to provide experiences that increase the global competencies of our students continue to be redefined in innovative ways. Now, the study abroad experience has taken on new meaning for a growing number of students—without mobility. In Global Online Learning Exchange (GOLE) programs led by St. John’s faculty in collaboration with our international partners, students can gain international experience without leaving their classrooms in New York City.
We have also reconsidered ways we could bring global engagement events to a broader St. John’s community. In April, in response to the war in Ukraine, we launched our first Global Dialogue event—Ukraine from the Frontline. The link to watch the panel discussion is in this issue. Future Global Dialogues will be announced.
We look forward to highlighting more stories about your experiences and efforts expanding St. John’s global engagement in our fall issue of the Global Initiatives Newsletter.
Interim Assistant Provost, Office of Global Programs
Katherine Aquino with GOLE collaborator, Elizabeth Tobin - a researcher at University College Dublin.
Day trip to the Medieval Odescalchi Castle overlooking Lake Bracciano.
WES Pharmacy student Manuel Martis poses in front of a mural by Marcel Gromaire entitled “The Chemist,” commissioned in 1938 for the University of Paris College of Pharmacy. Photo taken by Farida Khatchadourian, Feb. 2022.
Friends of Fulbright Argentina grantees arrive at St. John's University.
Michael Sampson reading to Ukrainian refugee children in Warsaw, May