By Jennifer O’Brien, Project Manager and Coordinator of Strategic Planning and Development, Bringing Theory to Practice
Sanctuary. Responsibility. South Africa’s “Born Frees.” This issue of our newsletter delves into higher education’s complicated role in the world. Everything is, and always has been, interconnected—but sometimes it’s easy to stay on one side of a line. More and more, the lines are blurring and yet our responsibilities are becoming clearer. Our duty to our global citizenry is a real and relevant local issue. We are starting to understand that if one person perishes, we all do. We are all global.
In this issue, Zoë Corwin of the University of Southern California (USC) tells the story of campus dialogues that are helping faculty, practitioners, administrators, and students explore what it means to be a sanctuary campus—physically, intellectually, and socioemotionally.
Dagmar Kusa of the Bratislava International School for Liberal Arts explains how a single workshop at an international conference led students through an exploration of democratic citizenship and free societies that sparked a persisting desire to discover the nature and challenges of free societies.
Finally, in a guest essay in place of our usual Director’s Column, Caryn McTighe Musil of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) eloquently lays out how recent events have brought higher education to a global crossroads, with an urgent list of priorities and responsibilities in the face of rising nationalism, authoritarianism, and bigotry.