for Faculty at U.S. Community Colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions

Update from CAORC: As the COVID-19 situation continues, we at CAORC have been closely monitoring the guidance of health and government officials in the US and overseas as we consider appropriate actions for our upcoming programs. While we were very much hoping that conditions would allow us to conduct programs in-person this coming winter, unfortunately it has been determined that we must postpone the Faculty Development Seminars. The health and safety of our participants and colleagues are a top priority. In addition, based on the uncertainty surrounding the likelihood of continued surges in cases around the world over the next several months, we would have difficulty confirming guest speakers and field trips, which are integral components that have an important impact benefiting the experience. We are currently working on the following revised plan for 2022:



Seminar dates tentatively beginning in late-May 2022 and ending mid-June 2022


Seminar dates tentatively beginning in late-May 2022 and ending mid-June 2022



Seminar dates to be determined


CAORC is also planning to offer more Faculty Development Seminars once the pandemic subsides. In addition to Senegal, India, and Mexico, we are working on plans to conduct seminars in other countries, as well, over the next several years. Please continue to visit the CAORC website for updates on the Faculty Development Seminars.

A World of Opportunity

CAORC recognizes the immediate and growing need for faculty and administrators at U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions to provide a global perspective to their students. Educators at these institutions understand the value of developing “internationalized” learning environments that both broaden their students’ cultural horizons and foster critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills for an increasingly interconnected world.


CAORC offers fully-funded overseas seminars that help faculty and administrators gain the requisite first-hand experience needed to develop and improve international curricula at their colleges and institutions.


Since 2017, CAORC, in partnership with its member centers, has organized short-term, fully-funded, two-week overseas study trips that allow faculty to experience rich foreign cultures and engage with local scholars grappling with complex global issues like climate change and religious and ethnic diversity. CAORC seminars include lectures from leading specialists, collaborative networking with local scholars, cultural and educational excursions, and experiential learning opportunities.


Through such immersive experiences, CAORC Faculty Development Seminars:

  • Produce an increase in capacity for global studies in U.S. undergraduate education

  • Increase faculty participants' international contacts and foster new opportunities to expose their students and communities to global perspectives

  • Create a scholarly network of faculty engaged in global education, who in turn develop course materials, share teaching models, and participate in collaborative research with faculty from host countries

Video: CAORC Faculty Development Seminars

Upcoming CAORC and ORC Seminars

*Please note that applicants may apply to only one of the CAORC Faculty Development Seminar opportunities being offered for January 2022

West Africa and the Diaspora—Continuities and Transformations

Senegal: Late-May 2022 to mid-June 2022 (exact dates TBD)

Application deadline: TBD

Partner: West African Research Association

Mexico's Indigenous Languages and Cultures

Mexico: Late-May 2022 to mid-June 2022 (exact dates TBD)

Application deadline: TBD

Organizer: The Americas Research Network

Exploring Urban Sustainability through India's Cities

India: Seminar dates to be determined

Application deadline: To be determined

Partner: American Institute of Indian Studies

Between Political and Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Myanmar (Burma): Seminar dates TBD

Application deadline: deadline has passed

Partner: Inya Institute

Recent Faculty Development Posts

CAORC’s faculty development seminars are generously supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Past seminars have also received assistance through various university-based National Resource Centers that support area studies education in the U.S., including: Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Howard University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Syracuse University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Kansas, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, Austin, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin, Madison.