North American Hub: Omaha, NE, USA

A variety of project proposals that elucidate the concept of "glocalization" or the local as an aspect of globalization, are sought in the following categories:

(a)    Curriculum Integration Projects:

An integrated curriculum is described as one that connects different areas of study by cutting across subject-matter lines and emphasizing unifying concepts.  The Common Home Project seeks proposals in which curricular integration focuses on helping students make global connections, allowing them to engage in relevant, meaningful activities within their courses that can be connected to real life across the world.

Curriculum integration is not simply an organizational device that makes cosmetic changes or realignment in lesson plans to include an international perspective.    CGI seeks curriculum integration projects grounded in the thinking about what universities are for, about the sources of the curriculum, and about the uses of knowledge. Curriculum integration begins with the idea that the sources of curriculum ought to be problems, issues, and concerns posed by life itself - in this case global issues and concerns.  Integration of underlying knowledge to address the broad range of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  will be considered.

Curriculum integration projects will meet one or more of the following criteria:
?    Are credit-bearing, or will result in the eventual offering of credit-bearing opportunities;
?    Explicitly include study of global issues as a theme throughout the course;
?    Identify one or more learning objectives related to global learning or a global issue;
?    Require a process of setting up learning opportunities that is outside the usual expectations for the work of instructors of record;
?    Link global learning to broader curricular themes within academic programs (majors and minors) or the Magis Core Curriculum;
?    Integrate global perspectives into disciplinary development (i.e. develops an understanding of the unique expressions of a discipline in multiple countries and/or cultures; draws on international scholarship; etc.) or applies disciplinary knowledge to the understanding and possible solution of global issues and problems;
?    Integrate multidisciplinary knowledge to the understanding and possible solution of global issues and problems;
?    Are approved by the appropriate curriculum committee(s) within departments and/or Schools (or will result in such review as part of the project).

(b)    Global Research Projects:
The Creighton Global Initiative (CGI) President's Global Research Fund was established to support and enhance the research and scholarly work of faculty at Creighton University. Faculty projects that engage students are highly valued.  There are three opportunities for research/scholarly proposals that will be considered for support by the CGI Global Research Fund:
?    New investigators or initiation of a research project that represents a new direction in global research for established faculty with the intent to build on this work and/or seek external funding;
?    Scholarship of global teaching/learning and/or mission-based projects with a global dimension;
?    Interdisciplinary team-focused projects that cross two or more Creighton University schools or colleges or two or more disciplines will be a particular focus.
For the purposes of this research fund, the term "global" refers broadly to the Ignatian affirmation of a global consciousness linking the four quadrants of the world.   As such, it includes both the objective processes  (mediated by changes in communication and transportation technology and involve the movement of people, ideas, goods, and capital across greater expanses of space) and subjective dimensions  (the growth in global consciousness or the increasing reflexive awareness of humanity as a species sharing the same history and same planet) of globalization. Basic, applied, problem-oriented, problem-solving, quantitative or qualitative research on the broad range of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be considered.

(c)    Innovative Global Learning Programs:

The Common Home Project continues the Creighton Global Initiative?s (CGI) tradition of supporting Creighton University's commitment to diversity, global engagement, and social responsibility as compelling educational and institutional priorities to help students and the entire campus engage the social, civic, and economic challenges of a diverse and unequal world. Successful Common Home Project proposals will be those that help create settings that foster students' understanding of the intersections between their lives and global issues and their sense of responsibility as local and global citizens. Awards will be grants for innovative projects such as guest speakers, a lecture series, course development, recruitment, immersion trips, research initiatives and campus-based workshops, among others. Proposals may be issue-specific, such as climate change, migration, or natural resources, or experiential, allowing participants to immerse more fully into global realities.

In an effort to deepen global engagement even further, such projects must demonstrate significant innovation and offer opportunities that have thus far not been available:

?    Institutional innovation to prompt a special focus on pressing global issues such as those noted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These programs shed an interdisciplinary / interprofessional light on them in a new or unique way;

?    Academic enhancement for projects related to research, scholarship and curricular development.  The purpose of these proposals is to champion the integration of global learning, advocacy or academic service learning into a course as an exemplar for any academic program, or to provide funds to visit a location with whom a research partnership may be deployed as part of a broader research agenda:

?    International immersion and study abroad experiences that integrate Ignatian formation as part of the experiential / immersion program in collaboration with a Common Home Project hub institution.  The purpose of these types of programs are to nurture existing programs or grow new travel programs that explicitly seek to leave the world a saner, stronger, and more sustainable place;

?    Impact on Omaha, where campus constituents further understand and engage our neighborhoods, local schools and business, and allow the study and experience of the global to become local.  The purpose of these types of projects is to more clearly understand how global events and trends express themselves in the lives of people in Omaha;

?    The cultivation of a globally conversant campus for projects that encourage members of our university community to better appreciate, analyze and discuss multicultural realities, expressions of diversity, inclusion, justice or calls for action.  The purpose of this type of proposals is to continually deepen Creighton University's identity as a place where we seek understanding of the intersections between our lives and global issues, as well as to mature our sense of responsibility as local and global citizens.

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