November/December 2016

UN-focused Events Held

As part of this year’s celebration of International Education Week (November 14–18), the Office of Global Learning hosted two United Nations-related events for the University community.

SDG Workshop

On November 16, the Office of Global Learning, together with Florham Campus faculty members Joel Harmon, management and executive director, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, and Gerard Farias, management; and Isabel Jandeisek, visiting PhD scholar from Zeppelin University in Germany, conducted a campus workshop on the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The SDGs, officially known as “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” is a set of 17 aspirational “global goals” with 169 targets among them. Spearheaded by the U.N. and implemented in 2015, the process of sustainable development involved 193 member states as well as the global civil society.

During the workshop, students were split into small working groups and had to match the targets to each goal. Farias then presented on sustainability and discussed how students can actively work toward becoming more aware of these issues and what can be done on a personal level. The students also created posters on what their personal plans are to implement one or some of the SDG goals in their daily lives. Yoshiko Demotta, marketing (Flor), brought her class to the session.

In support of the U.N. program, the SDGs will be incorporated in the UNIV2002/CORE3002 Global Issues course starting in the spring 2017 semester. Silberman College of Business offers a sustainability management concentration under its BS in business administration program.

UN Briefing and Tour

Forty students from both the Metropolitan and Florham campuses visited the U.N. Headquarters in New York City to attend a briefing by Martijn Dalhuijsen of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, who talked about the refugee and migrant crisis and how the U.N. is involved with humanitarian help.

Samuel Raphalides, political science/history, director of global scholars program and interim director, criminal justice/political science/international studies (Metro), and Robert Baumol, professional tutor, Academic Support Center (Metro), accompanied the students.

After the briefing, the group received a private tour to learn about the U.N., its history and current operations.

UN Trip
FDU students at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City. With them are Samuel Raphalides, fifth from right, political science/history, director of global scholars program and interim director, criminal justice/political science/international studies (Metro), and Robert Baumol, ninth from right, professional tutor, Academic Support Center (Metro).