Global Aggies: Designing Global Classrooms for Real-World Challenges

In June 2020, Universitas 21 (U21) named UC Davis among the winners of its inaugural Global Education Enhancement Fund. Through this grant, UC Davis partnered with Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China to create a framework for teaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Global Classroom modules. Thanks to this pioneering pilot project, over the past year more than 170 UC Davis students were able to work on real-world projects with students and faculty at UC Davis and at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, directly as a part of their coursework. Students learned to navigate time zones, virtual platform differences, and language barriers while gaining awareness and contributing to several SDGs, such as SDG 3 for Good Health and Well-Being, SDG 10 for Reduced Inequalities, and SDG 11 for Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Global Aggies: Amplifying Global LGBTQ History in the Classroom and Across East Asia

Howard Chiang, an expert in East Asian studies with a dedication to advancing LGBTQ history through international collaborations, joined the faculty of UC Davis in 2017 and is now an associate professor in the College of Letters and Science’s Department of History. His pioneering three-volume Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History, for which he served as editor-in-chief, won the 2020 Dartmouth Medal thanks to its merging of global LBGTQ history into one resource. Born in Taiwan and raised in Canada, Chiang says that throughout the cross-cultural editorial and research process, he thoroughly appreciated working with experts in fields different from his own area of specialization.