Strategic Directions

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Internationalization: Additional Ideas and Comments

Participants in the workshop and open forums were invited to submit additional ideas and comments about any of the topics under discussion. The following comments have been received on the topic of Internationalization.

  • We need more support for hiring international faculty; the visa process currently costs $8-12K.
  • Create a Border Studies program, with Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, Chicana/o Studies.
  • Target topics in different schools that are directly tied to internationalization issues and bring visiting scholars to campus for week-long summits. Build in campus-wide opportunities for interaction and cross-disciplinary interaction.
  • How can international experiences be link to Catholic identity? For example, utilize organizations, schools, and projects sponsored by religious orders and organizations.
  • Designate a limited number of “affiliated scholars” from amongst faculty at universities in the global south, enabling them to get online access to journals and other online resources available to USD faculty and students.
  • Fund faculty exchanges and fellowships for faculty at universities in the global south—not only in political science, international relations, etc., but all academic areas including the sciences.
  • Specialization in Ethnic Studies for Latin American Studies.
  • We shouldn't concentrate only on the border. Broad global issues are still important.
  • USD is the only Catholic University on the U.S.-Mexican border; we might say it is the Catholic university gateway to Latin America. Yet USD is the only major university in San Diego that does not have a specific academic course of study at the undergraduate or graduate level for Latin American and/or Latino Studies. If USD is going to adopt any regional emphasis, Latin America should be it. If we wanted to be more focused, we should invest most of our efforts in Mexico, where we already have a great deal of expertise and existing programs. We have literally dozens of faculty and staff who specialize in Latin American, Latino, and Border studies. We also have the Trans-Border Institute, the Center for Latino Theology, the Guadalajara Program, the Romero Center and other non-degree granting programs that provide Latin America programming. Yet by not granting an academic degree or course of study (B.A., M.A., or minor) USD is both uncompetitive with other universities in this area and woefully under-utilizing its current human resources.
  • If an emphasis in Latin America and/or Mexico is what USD wants to promote, the University will need to invest more of its money into developing programs in this area. Outside funding is important, but I would like to make the case for thinking about long-term fund-raising. what is greatly needed is a core endowment that can be built through regular fundraising efforts. I would like to challenge the University to use existing resources to establish and grow a “USD Mexico and Border Endowment Fund.” This fund would allow outside donors to direct money for use in Mexico- and Border-focused programs and scholarship at USD through the Trans-Border Institute. Eventually, this Fund could be the primary source of all TBI grants for Mexico & border scholarship, programming, and activities (which currently come from the Provost’s annual budget) and for scholarships to underprivileged students from Mexico and the border region.
  • TBI has been working for the past few months on developing a Fall fundraiser event in September 2005. TBI will need the President's approval and assistance on several items. This fund-raiser could be the kick-off for the above mentioned “USD Mexico and Border Fund.” The event should be followed by a campaign emphasizing the new fund and the expected benefits it will bring for USD. A full description of this fundraiser is attached to this message.