FORSYTH TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEAN HONORED AS WORLD VIEW AUGUST EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT
Chapel Hill, NC – August 6, 2019: Anu Williams, the dean of humanities and social sciences for Forsyth Technical Community College, has been selected as the World View Educator Spotlight for August 2019.
The World View Educator Spotlight honors one exceptional educator a month, showcasing their commitment to students and education.
At Forsyth Tech, Ms. Williams was previously a faculty instructor for communications courses; she eventually moved into an administrative position. She has attended numerous World View programs herself and she now encourages her faculty members to globalize curriculum as part of the statewide North Carolina Global Distinction initiative. This initiative mobilizes the international resources of UNC-Chapel Hill to help NC community colleges create truly global campuses. It is tied to individual colleges’ Global Scholars of Distinction programs, which are designed to help prepare students for a global world. Students complete globally intensive courses, participate in international activities, gain global experience through study broad or a domestic immersion and give a capstone presentation.
With support from leadership and faculty, Forsyth Tech was able to launch the initiative successfully in 2015. “We have close to 70 students in the program and more than 20 students have graduated.” Ms. Williams also encourages her faculty members to take advantage of World View resources. “[Curriculum-globalizing] grants provided by World View made it easier for us. . . . We have more than 100 sections globalized and every semester we are adding more to this list.”
Going forward, Ms. Williams has high hopes for the future of Forsyth Tech’s Scholars of Global Distinction initiative. “Although we have globalized more than 100 sections of curriculum courses, we are not going to restor our laurels until we have globalized at least one course in every program. . . . We would like to see students from every program participate in the [initiative].”
World View is thankful for Ms. Williams’ sustained partnership and is looking forward to working with her in the future.
PHOTO ABOVE: “ After attending [World View], I felt the urgency to bring global education to my students, “ said Williams.
About World View: World View, a public service program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources to prepare students to engage in our interconnected and diverse world. To learn about World View, visit worldview.unc.edu.
About Forsyth Tech
Forsyth Technical Community College is a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives and transforming communities. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff. For additional information, please visit forsythtech.edu and follow Forsyth Tech on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.