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Center for Global Engagement

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Allow new cultures to broaden your life experience

The Center for Global Engagement furthers Mercy University'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. 

Past International Speaker Events

International Day of Tolerance
Professor Eduardo Albrecht (Mercy University)
Ms. Davina Resto and Ms. Aurora Ruud (Mercy University)
November 18, 2021

World Philosophy Day:  Human Dignity and Diversity
Professors Saul Fisher and Benjamin Abelson (Mercy University)
Professor Joanna Smolenski, UCLA Heath Ethic Center and Professor Dragana Bozin, University of Oslo
November 15, 2021

World Toilet Day
Professors Irina Ellison and T. H. Culhane (Mercy University)
November 12, 2021

Upcoming Events

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Study Abroad

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.

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Center for Global Engagement Resources

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 University. 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.

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Center for Global Engagement

Mercy University 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 University 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.

The Center for Global Engagement regularly sponsors presentations, seminars, and other public events to engage the Mercy community with issues of international interest.  In addition to the International Speaker Series, other events focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Academic Impact (UNAI) Principles.  The Center is also a proud supporter of Scholars at Risk.

Mercy University is a affiliated NGO of the Department of Global Communication at the United Nations. The DGC 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.


UN Resources

Exhaustive alphabetical and topical lists of United Nations databases and research tools.  Research resources from the United Nations are available at

External Electronic Resources

Databases, eBooks, and eJournals subscribed to by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.

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.

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Michiko Kuroda
CGE Visiting Fellow for United Nations Affairs

Michiko Kuroda
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 University 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