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Engage Your World

Engage Your World began in September of 2009 as a collaborative effort between the Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue and the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). It brings together diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff to engage in a conversation about the global challenges we all face today. The broad scope of Engage Your World provides space for everyone to participate in a respectful conversation, where differences in opinion are not only encouraged but also necessary for a deep and meaningful dialogue.

Theme for 2019-2020 Academic Year: Immigration and Human Rights

EYW events are organized according to a thematic focus. This focus will allow us to bring experts who can discuss different dimensions of a global issue/trend, thereby increasing our breadth and depth of understanding of the topic. CGE will co-sponsor 3 EYW events in the fall semester, and 3-4 EYW events in the spring semester focusing on this academic year’s theme. We try our best to space the events at a month apart, though we may have to keep other campus-wide events in mind. In most cases, events are held between Monday to Thursday, after 4:30pm when the parking on campus is free. EYW events are usually not hosted on Friday to avoid a conflict with the International Coffee Hour.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Date, Time & Location Event Information

Thursday, October 10

Interactive Immigration Activity
5 – 7 p.m. | The Globe Registration required (bit.ly/DACAactivity)

Dialogue with Juan Escalante
7 – 8 p.m. | ASLC
Open to the public (no registration required)

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Exploring the Narratives of DACA Students*

Learn about the experiences of both documented and undocumented immigrants through this Interactive Activity. Then attend the Dialogue with Juan Escalante, a nationally recognized immigrant advocate and digital strategist. He has been at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement for the past ten years, holds two degrees from Florida State University, and is a current beneficiary of President Obama’s DACA program. Escalante’s work has been featured by major news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, Univision, and CNN. Escalante is the eldest of three children whose family fled from Venezuela in the year 2000.

The shared space created by these events will allow for engaging conversations on federal, state and institutional policies, and devise approaches to creating a more inclusive, welcoming and equal society at FSU and in the community.

Wednesday, October 30
4:30–6 p.m. | Globe Auditorium

Saving Colombia's Fragile Peace**
Adam Isacson, Director of Defense Oversight, WOLA

Adam Isacson has worked on defense, security, and peacebuilding in Latin America since 1994. He now directs WOLA’s Defense Oversight program, which monitors U.S. cooperation with Latin America’s security forces, as well as other security trends.

Wednesday, November 18
4:30-7 p.m. | Globe Auditorium
Human Rights in West Africa: Global Principles, Local Realities***

An interdisciplinary group of scholars will explore the tensions and overlap between the universalistic claims of human rights advocates, and the more locally grounded cultural perspectives of African communities.


*This talk is co-sponsored by The President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, The Center for Leadership and Social Change, and the Center for Global Engagement.

**This talk is co-sponsored by FSU's College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Broad International Lecture Series and the Center for Global Engagement.

***This talk is co-sponsored by The FSU Department of Religion, FSU College of Communication & Information’s John H. Phipps Fund, The Mande Studies Association & The Center for Global Engagement’s Engage Your World Intercultural Dialogue Series

Intercultural dialogue and its importance

Intercultural Dialogue is a dynamic and challenging process of communication that aims to bring people from diverse backgrounds, values, and opinions together so they may engage in a conversation about a variety of global issues. Such dialogue is essential to build an open-minded community that understands social, cultural, religious, and political complexities of our world today, and come with creative solutions for them.

Collaborating with EYW at the Center for Global Engagement

We are eager to collaborate with your academic unit or community organization to co-host an event as Engage Your World. The topics discussed by the speakers should be of international or intercultural in nature. Therefore, speakers must discuss how their work can help to increase intercultural understanding, empathy, or provide a better understanding, or solutions to global issues.

If you or your colleagues have an idea for an Engage Your World, or if you want to bring a speaker that fits with the vision and scope of Engage Your World Intercultural Dialogue Series, please contact Dr. Tanu Kohli (tkohli@fsu.edu). We typically need to start planning 45-60 days in advance.

Which units/departments has EYW collaborated with in the past?

EYW has a rich history of collaborating with campus partners. Our standing and frequent partnerships include the FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Broad International Lecture Series, the International Affairs Annual Film Series honoring Dr. Robert Dailey, FSU College of Communication and Information, the Center for Advancement of Human Rights, and the Center for Leadership and Social Change. Through these partnerships, we aim to bring accomplished scholars and professionals to Florida State University to increase our global awareness and appreciate cultural differences.

*These events qualify as one of the Global Citizenship Certificate events.

To suggest a topic or to get involved, please contact Tanu Kohli at tkohli@fsu.edu or call 850-644-1401.

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