Building a Global Education

Chancellor Kevin Guskewicz stands with this year's honoreesThree UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members received the 2023 Faculty Awards for Global Excellence in a ceremony at the FedEx Global Education Center on May 2, 2023. The annual awards, administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, recognize faculty contributions to advancing the University’s global vision.

Gina Chowa, associate dean for global engagement and the Johnson-Howard-Adair Distinguished Professor at the School of Social Work, was honored as the founding director of the School of Social Work’s Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI), a research center focused on tackling youth economic security, workforce development and financial inclusion in the Global South. She also works with World View, a UNC-Chapel Hill outreach program that engages with North Carolina’s educators to support integration of global perspectives in classrooms.

Robert Jenkins, teaching professor in the political science department, was recognized for his development of several study abroad programs, chairing the Study Abroad Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences for 15 years and playing an integral role in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Diplomacy Initiative, a program that equips Carolina students with the practical skills needed for solving global problems.

Tori Smith Ekstrand, associate professor in the Hussman School of Media and Journalism and the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education, was recognized for her efforts in growing collaborations with Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and organizing the 2022 Royster Global Conference.

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