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“Transforming Higher Education to Prepare Global Leaders: Is Higher Education Ready for the Global Perspective of Multicultural Education?” is for higher education policy makers, administrators, academic leaders and those responsible to program and curriculum planning, improvement and instruction.
It provides multicultural and global education strategies that can be used to prepare graduates who will become global leaders. In addition to the strategies identified in a preceding publication “Multicultural Education is More Important Now than Ever: A Global Perspective” by Dr. Ameny-Dixon, which has been referenced in various first-year student experience programs, including “Your College Experience: Strategies for Success” (9th Editions) by John N. Gardener, A. Jerome Jewler and Betsy O. Barefoot (2011), this book further identifies strategies which can be used to enhance students’ campus experience and success and their preparation into graduates who will be successful leaders in the local as well as global workplace.
Dr. Gloria Ameny-Dixon presents the global perspective of multicultural education as an avenue for preparing graduates with the knowledge, cultural competence, intercultural communication skills and attitudes needed to stay competitive in today’s global economy. She argues that the global perspective of multicultural education is more important now than ever and presents reasons why a “diverse intellectual capital” developed by drawing experts from different countries, nations, languages, cultures and different regions of the world is key to finding solutions to common global concerns related to the ecosystem, nuclear weapons, terrorism, human rights, and sustainable national resources.
With technological advancements making the world seem smaller, institutions of higher education must utilize the global perspective of multicultural education and internationalization principles in order to prepare graduates who are equipped with 21st century skills. Graduates today must be ready to become global leaders. They must be able to work collaboratively with graduates from other colleges and universities outside their own country to find practical solutions to global issues related to the ecosystem, nuclear weapons, terrorism, human rights, and sustainable national resources.
Dr. Ameny-Dixon urges higher education institutions to assume new roles and serve as a communiversity and pluriversity in order to prepare global leaders. She suggests that colleges and universities should also serve as centers of educational excellence, centers of global democratic values and models for K-12 schools, communities and nations in which they are located.
About the Author
Gloria Ameny-Dixon Ph.D. has been working in higher education for 20 years. She was born in Lira, Uganda in 1961. She received both her Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She also received a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Ameny-Dixon worked as a licensed Veterinarian and coordinated the Uganda Dairy Improvement Project, funded by the United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID), a collaborative project between the Ugandan and United States (U.S.) governments, prior to traveling to the U.S. as a visiting Scientist to LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and prior to pursuing her graduate degrees.
Dr. Ameny-Dixon’s experience in higher education comes from twenty-years of service at public, private, minority-serving and predominantly white higher education institutions, where she served in various capacities, including serving as one of the few female visiting Scientists, Biology Instructor, Research and Teaching Associate at Louisiana State University, Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator at the University of Indianapolis, Department Chair, Dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences, Assistant to the President and Vice President for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness at Martin University, and Associate V.P. for Planning and Assessment at Central State University. Read More>>