Global Studies Workshop Takes Learning Beyond the Classroom

November 8, 2012 | Uncategorized

Global Studies Workshop Takes Learning Beyond the Classroom

A group of CUNY Prep College Transition Academy students are getting the chance to sample college life and explore some of what NYC has to offer as part of the Global Studies Workshop (GSW).

The ultimate goal of the weekly GSW workshops is to instill in our student’s a commitment to life-long learning and an increasing awareness of global issues. As a result of GSW, students often report a greater interest in the world around them and a greater sense of independence, thus more comfortable exploring the city.

So far this school year, the group has sat in on college history course lectures at Fordham University, participated in a college prep conference at Baruch College and explored Highline Park and got a taste for the eclectic Chelsea galleries.

“We hope that our students will see themselves as lifelong learners and global citizens, as they expand their vision of education outside of the classroom,” says coordinator Katie Wilson.  “We want them to be open to all of the learning opportunities that surround them right here in their own city, and even beyond.”

The workshops have also been the precursor for international learning, with former GSW students traveling to Berlin as part of a cross-cultural, hip hop exchange.

This month, GSW will host a hip hop group from a social work agency in Berlin, Germany right here at CUNY Prep.  Meanwhile, two GSW alumni, who are now students in the Digital Music program at Hostos Community College, will welcome the group for a recording workshop from which they will produce two, professional quality tracks.