Center for Global Engagement
Allow new cultures to broaden your life experience
The Center for Global Engagement furthers Mercy College's mission by establishing programs and initiatives designed to encourage the exchange of knowledge across international boundaries. Students are able to engage in learning about cultural perspectives different from their own.
International Speaker Series
On April 27, the Center for Global Engagement presented a program with colleagues from Milan and Barcelona to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on learning in Europe and the US.
On April 29, the Center for Global Engagement featured a presentation by the Honorable Ahmed Kamal: COVID-19 & Its Impact on Globalization
Whether you are setting out on your adventure alone or are taking a faculty-led study abroad course, travel will open your eyes to the cultural complexity of the world around you.
Center for Global Engagement Resources
About the Center
The Center's Mission
The mission of the Center for Global Engagement is to provide transformative and dynamic global learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff of Mercy College. The Center builds on the Mercy mission and further supports establishment of initiatives to facilitate exchange of knowledge and cultural perspectives across all boundaries, through interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities.
Center for Global Engagement
Globalization at Mercy
Mercy College prepares for globalization challenges. As the world becomes more integrated, Mercy is committed to an international approach to teaching, learning, and engaging with our communities--where global and local outlooks are intertwined. A Mercy College education incorporates international perspectives and allows students to understand and build their potential for contributing to a global society and economy--at home and around the world.
Impact of Globalization
The impact of globalization. Globalization is not a new phenomenon. However, the current speed in development of information technology has made globalization an unstoppable force. Its impact has never been more apparent. Rapid international changes and integration--in the economy, society, and technology--have all brought globalization to the forefront. Educational institutions are responsible for advancing awareness and critical ability to work in this rapidly changing environment, with global perspectives.
Challenges of Globalization
The nation and the challenges of globalization. America faces a complex challenge in navigating evolving global environments. All of us face questions about who works where, for whom, at what pay, with what source and destination for products and services. These questions present opportunities as well as challenges. Knowledge about the world--and about the role that America could and should play in the world--is increasingly essential. Education about globalization and the international landscape is critical for today's students, who require a rich understanding of the world beyond the United States in order to succeed in college and in the workforce.
Dr. Zelalem Kibret, a scholar sponsored by the Scholars-At-Risk organization, spoke at a program on The Power of Literature about his experiences as an imprisoned writer in Ethiopia. Dr. Kibret discussed his interests in human rights law, conflict studies, governance and development in Africa, federalism, and relations between traditional institutions and the law.
International Day for Tolerance – Panels from the School of Education, and Departments of Occupational Therapy and Communication Disorders discussed Creating a Just, Inclusive World: Combating Intolerance, focusing on disabilities and inclusion.
World Prematurity Day – Professor Kathleen Kenney-Riley presented regarding premature babies around the globe. She spoke about health issues linked with prematurity and the importance of raising awareness and taking action to give babies a chance at living life.
World Toilet Day – Professor Irina Ellison presented on How the Toilet has Changed the World, reflecting on international hygiene conditions. She spoke about ways that many countries cope when toileting is inaccessible or nonexistent.
International Human Rights Day – Mercy College student Sandra Uwiringiyimana presented Memoirs of a War Child, a personal and powerful story of her life as a refugee and surviving armed conflicts in Africa. Students and faculty were inspired by her strength and were appreciative of her honesty about the brutality she faced. Uwiringiyimana’s book about her experiences, How Dare The Sun Rise, was published in 2017.
Mercy College regularly hosts discussions with United Nations Ambassadors from around the globe, as led for many years by former United Nations Ambassador Ahmad Kamal (Pakistan). Previous UN Ambassadors who have spoken at Mercy College include
- Ambassador Flores Flake, Honduras (Spring 2017)
- Ambassador Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Mexico (Fall 2016)
- Ambassador Charles Ntwaagae, Botswana (Spring 2016)
- Ambassador Nazifullah Salarzai, Republic of Afghanistan (Fall 2015)
- Ambassador Philbert Johnson and Consul General Bernard K.B. Quantson, Republic of Ghana (Spring 2015)
- Ambassador Oh Joon, Republic of Korea (Fall 2014)
- Representative Bekim Sejdiu, Kosovo (Spring 2014)
- Ambassador Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Romania (Fall 2013)
Mercy College and the United Nations
Mercy College is a member NGO of the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. The DPI/NGO “... supports the work of the United Nations and promotes knowledge of its principles and activities, in accordance with its own aims and purposes and the nature and scope of its competence and activities.”
Research resources from the United Nations are available at http://research.un.org/en:
Exhaustive alphabetical and topical lists of United Nations databases and research tools.
Databases, eBooks and eJournals subscribed to by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.
UN Ambassador's Club Events
November 14, 2016 – Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations joined us for the International Speaker Series on the topic of “Mexico: Its Role At The United Nations and In The World.” His presentation and discussion was a unique opportunity for the Mercy College community to learn more about Mexico from its Ambassador.
United Nation Academic Impact
The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.
CGE Visiting Fellow for United Nations Affairs
Visiting Scholars and Fellows
David L. Phillips is Visiting Scholar at the Mercy College Center for Global Engagement. He is also Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as senior advisor to the United Nations Secretariat and as foreign affairs expert and senior advisor to the U.S. Department of State. He has held positions as visiting scholar at Harvard University's Center for Middle East Studies, executive director of Columbia University's International Conflict Resolution Program, director of the Program on Conflict Prevention and Peace-building at the American University, Associate Professor at New York University's Department of Politics, and as a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He has also been a senior fellow and deputy director or the Council on Foreign Relations' Center for Preventive Action, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, director of the European Centre for Common Ground, project director at the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo, president of the Congressional Human Rights Foundation, and executive director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation. Mr. Phillips is author of From Bullets to Ballots: Violent Muslim Movements in Transition (Transaction Press, 2008); Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco (Perseus Books, 2005); Unsilencing the Past: Track Two Diplomacy and Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation (Berghahn Books, 2005). He has also authored many policy reports, as well as more than 100 articles in leading publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and Foreign Affairs.
Visiting Fellow for United Nations Affairs
Michiko Kuroda is Center for Global Engagement Visiting Fellow for United Nations Affairs and an adjunct faculty member in the International Relations and Diplomacy program. She teaches courses on The Model United Nations, International Negotiation and Diplomacy, International Security Studies, and Conflict Management. Prior to coming to Mercy College in 2011, she worked for the United Nations for 30 years in Geneva, New York, and Timor-Leste. Ms. Kuroda worked for the UN in the areas of peacekeeping, peace building, human rights, management reform, and conflict resolution. She served as Chief of Staff for UN peacekeeping and peace building operations in Timor-Leste (UNMISET, UNOTIL and UNMIT). She studied in Belgium (Catholic University of Louvain), the US (Georgetown University), and Switzerland (Graduate Institute of International Studies), as well as in Japan. She has an MA in International Relations (with concentration on international law). Her publications include "Early Warning and Conflict Resolution" (McMillan and St. Martin’s Press, New York and London, 1992). She is a Certified Mediator in New York State and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) for the International Coach Federation. Currently, she is an UNDP Peacebuilding Adviser and a United Nations Executive Coach.
Eduardo Zachary Albrecht, PhD
Zhixiong Chen, PhD
Maureen MacLeod, PhD
Victor Petenkemani, MS, MA, MBA
Denise Stefano, CPA, CGMA, MBA
Susan Moscou, PhD
Manuel D. Ron, JD, MBA
Helge Wasmuth, PhD
Shari Salzhauer Berkowitz, PhD, CCC-SLP
David Kilpatrick, PhD
Bahar Otcu-Grillman, EdD
Celia Reissig-Vasile, PhD
Renu Varughese, PhD