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Committed to connecting students, faculty and staff to a world of international opportunities, the University’s Global Education Center awards biannual competitive grants to faculty. According to the Center’s Interim Director Domenica Dominguez, the grants support faculty efforts that internationalize the University through collaborations, teaching exchanges and the development of new international partnerships, programs and initiatives.
“This support is critical, as our sustainable international partnerships and programs often derive from faculty initiatives,” says Dominguez.
Fall 2016 grants support 10 faculty initiatives that span the globe — from Norway to Cuba, from Japan to Mexico, from Korea to Ghana. Projects will help expand international opportunities for students, ranging from study abroad to internships, to faculty-led trips.
Dominguez, herself, has received an Institute of International Education award that will help support four Syrian students at the University, by contributing to their tuition, fees, books, housing, food, transportation and dependent care expenses.
Found in Translation
Students will soon be able to take a unique capstone course in audiovisual translation that will prepare them for careers in translation in creative and cultural industries, with a focus on the internationalization of Italian culture.
Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies Teresa Fiore and Italian Professor Marisa Trubiano received a one-year, $15,000 grant from Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to design the course.
According to Fiore and Trubiano, the grant recognizes the growth of translation in Italian — and audiovisual translation in particular — at Montclair State. “This is a key area of focus in the Italian program via curricular development, ad hoc projects in both the United States and Italy, and scholarship and internship opportunities,” says Fiore.
A Blueprint for Sexual Health Education
New York City’s public school system recently joined districts from San Diego to Boston in adopting and implementing “Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A K-12 Sexuality Education Curriculum” co-authored by Public Health Professor Eva Goldfarb.
The “Rights, Respect, Responsibility,” or 3Rs, is the only curriculum that fully meets National Sexuality Education Standards developed in 2012 and is unique in that it is a K-12 curriculum. “The vast majority of sexual health curricula are written for middle and high school grades only, which is much too late,” says Goldfarb.
The curriculum — used in 50 states and 68 countries — is free and comprehensive, covers all 16 topics the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls essential components of sexual health education, and includes and affirms all sexual orientations.
Everyone deserves respect,” explains Goldfarb. “Young people have a responsibility to protect their sexual health, and society has a responsibility to give them the tools they need to do that.”
Funding an Art Exhibition
A general programming grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts will support a retrospective exhibition of paintings by the late American Expressionist painter Ben Wilson from the University’s permanent collection.
“An extensive scholarly catalog, a symposium and a line-up of educational programs are being prepared by the George Segal Gallery,” says Teresa Lapid Rodriguez, director and curator of the George Segal Gallery and University Art Galleries. Montclair State is home to a large collection of more than 200 works of art by Wilson and his wife, Evelyn, a sculptor, which includes drawings, collages, sculptures and paintings, and was a gift to the University from their estate.