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STLCC Faculty Member to Receive MCCA Global Educator Award

November 03, 2014

Global Educator Award  
Deborah Henry, second from right, associate professor of history at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, will receive the Global Educator Award from the Missouri Community College Association at the organization’s annual convention Nov. 5-7. Also pictured, are from left, Rod Nunn, interim president at STLCC-Forest Park; Craig Larson, STLCC Board of Trustees chair; and Dennis Michaelis, STLCC interim chancellor.  

Deborah Henry, associate professor of history at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, will receive the Global Educator Award from the Missouri Community College Association at its annual convention Nov. 5-7 in Branson, Mo.

 

The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the promotion of global education in areas such as curricula, resource sharing, professional development opportunities, goal attainment, and participation at state, national or international levels. Only one award is presented statewide.

 

In fall 2013, Henry was able to offer, for the first time, a course developed through a competitive National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures grant. This was the culmination of an 18-month project designed to promote an appreciation of diversity, global dynamics and global influence in the United States, and to lend to cooperation among community colleges. The grant not only produced a new STLCC course, but also allowed the college to participate in creating an archive of the work created by all 18 NEH-selected schools that will be shared with community colleges nationwide. For this grant, Henry worked with a team of STLCC colleagues to design the course, “Global Dimensions of Race, Gender and Religion in American History.” This class had two primary learning units. The first learning unit focused on the global dimensions of diversity in black America. The second learning unit focused on global dimensions of religious diversity in the United States.

 

Henry also participates on the STLCC Global Education Committee and is an avid supporter of the events associated with this group. She has worked with the committee to raise funds to help students study abroad. She contributed to the creation of a cookbook; proceeds from cookbook sales were put into a fund for these students. She also helped compile scholarship resources for students. Henry annually participates in the campus Global Education Festival, which celebrates globalization of the curriculum and the campus’s international students.

 

Henry also has participated in STLCC’s Canterbury exchange as the faculty mentor. In this role, Henry was responsible for the students who were selected for exchange with Canterbury Christ Church University in England, and served as their first point of contact for problem solving and moral support. Henry was able to mentor these new international student-travelers through a supportive and encouraging experience with a new culture and academics in a new country.

 

The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.