Opportunity for faculty members: Global Solutions Conversations

Opportunity for faculty members: Global Solutions Conversations

During Global Solutions Sustainability Conversations, 300 community college students from the U.S. and university students from Jordan and Iraq meet live in binational groups to discuss global challenges inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Through a five-week virtual exchange series consisting of five binational calls, students will practice cross-cultural collaboration and learn about each other's culture as they engage in the process of design thinking and discuss global issues in their community. Individual teams will brainstorm a community project idea to support increased sustainability in their local communities.

Faculty members at community colleges in the U.S. and Universities in Jordan or Iraq have the opportunity to apply to facilitate a binational team.

The Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and administered by the Aspen Institute.

About the Stevens Initiative

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa while growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. Housed at the Aspen Institute, the Stevens Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. For further information, please visit http://www.stevensinitiative.org/ .

Facilitator Responsibilities

The participating facilitator will:

  • Form a group of at least 4 students from their institution;
  • Participate in a virtual facilitator welcome webinar training in person;
  • Attend all five virtual sessions, including IREX facilitated sessions;
  • Schedule and support facilitation of the binational calls for session two, session three, and session four with your partner facilitator
  • Engage in ongoing communications and support with IREX;
  • Motivate and ensure your group's completion of the virtual exchange, including survey evaluation data.

The participating facilitator will be responsible for ensuring their group will:

  • Participate and engage in each virtual session with their counterparts through Zoom;
  • Ensure their ideas are innovative, their own, and meet academic integrity standards;
  • Submit a community project idea (no more than one page long) for their group at the end of the exchange. Each country team will be responsible for submitting their own project idea.

Upon completion of the series, facilitators and students will:

  • Earn a certificate for completing the virtual exchange
  • Gain access to a network of global educators and students;
  • Gain access to Department of State alumni opportunities


February 5, 2021: Application Deadline

February 2021: Facilitator Welcome Webinar

March 2021: Sessions 1-5

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current faculty member at a U.S. community college or university in Jordan or Iraq.

*Please note, applications that do not meet this requirement will not be forwarded to the selection committee.

IREX reserves the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

IREX does not discriminate against grant applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law. The Global Solutions Program promotes inclusion and diversity in learning. Facilitators with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply to Global Solutions Conversations

Consult the list of eligibility requirements and then use the following button to apply:

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Application Deadlines

*Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be submitted online.

  • Spring 2021 Cohort: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

Applicants will be notified of selection status the week of February 7, 2021.