May 18, 2016
At a time when Latin America has become increasingly important to world affairs and the global economy, over 60 scholars from Universidad Nacional (UNA) in Costa Rica will travel to West Chester University to collaborate in Knowledge Crossing Borders, a joint conference addressing critical issues in higher education, May 31 – June 3.
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pedro Cortés will provide the keynote address at WCU on May 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sykes Student Ballroom. A preview of the WCU-UNA Live Arts Exchange will follow featuring the artistic work of students and faculty, including a performance by UNA student musicians. A full evening of WCU and UNA students and faculty dance, music and theater will take place on June 1, 8 – 9:30 p.m.
Each day, WCU and UNA scholars will lead a number of sessions on international business, arts and humanities, health and well-being, and cross-cultural immersion. Some of the many sessions will explore "Border Crossings for Student Success," "Violence and Obesity: Impediments to Public Health in Mexico," "Criminal Justice Issues Abroad," "The Evaluation of Arsenic and Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water Sources," and others. Attendance to the Knowledge Crossing Border Sessions are free and open to the public.
A Cultural Day in Philadelphia will close the conference on June 3, and will feature a 12:30 p.m. presentation by Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement Nina Ahmad at the PASSHE Center City site, 701 Market Street (3rd Floor). Ahmad will discuss Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney's vision for addressing the changes & challenges of global citizenship in Philadelphia in the 21st century.
The fourth collaborative conference of its kind, the WCU-NCA scholars have been visiting each other's campuses since 2012. The partnership was initiated by a generous grant in 2006. In succeeding years, delegations from each of the universities visited each other's campuses to cement the foundation of a partnership that resulted in the development of an international conference on higher education. UNA hosted the first conference in Costa Rica in 2010 with the goal of not only exchanging knowledge, skills and perspectives on best practices in the effective administration of higher education, but also to collaborate with institutions abroad on sponsored programs, research and other creative activities.
Learn more information and to register for the Knowledge Crossing Borders Conference.