Goal 2

Infuse global and multicultural perspectives across the campus and curriculum.

Objective 1: Deepen Drake’s commitment to high-quality language learning as a central element of campus and curricular internationalization.

Strategy 1: Enhance visibility of and demand for language learning at Drake through innovative programs that diversify language learning. 
Timeline: July 2015 – May 2020 

Strategy 2: Enhance capacity of WLC by ensuring that high-priority languages are staffed by continuing faculty.
Timeline: August 2014 – May 2020

Strategy 3: Develop a responsive plan for the expansion of language capacities supported by existing and new resources.
Timeline: October 2014 – August 2015

Objective 2: Reinforce the capacities of faculty and staff to support comprehensive internationalization of the university.

Strategy 1: Intensify efforts to hire a diverse and international faculty and staff.
Timeline: Jan 2016 – May 2018.

Strategy 2: Organize international seminars, on-campus workshops and faculty learning communities to assist faculty and staff members in developing international expertise, infusing global service learning, and generally internationalizing curriculum.
Timeline: Jan 2015-May 2019

Strategy 3: Develop opportunities for recognizing and rewarding faculty and staff contributions to internationalization.
Timeline: April 2015 –  May 2020

Objective 3: Strengthen academic programs that build in-depth global, multicultural, and intercultural competence.

Strategy 1: Encourage development of interdisciplinary collaborations that address pressing global issues of 21st century.
Timeline: Summer 2015 – May 2020

Strategy 2: Provide support necessary for international academic programs (e.g., International Business, International Relations, Global and Comparative Public Health) to be identified as among the highest-quality relative to peer institutions.
Timeline: January 2015 – May 2020

Strategy 3: Deepen international and multicultural curriculums in targeted graduate programs where indicated by employer demand.
Timeline: 2016 – May 2020

Objective 4: Ensure that curricular and cocurricular learning experiences prepare all Drake graduates to become responsible global citizens.

Strategy 1: As academic programs undergo curriculum review, identify opportunities for enhancing global, international and multicultural content.
Timeline: May 2015 – 2020

Strategy 2: Double the number of Drake students who engage in education abroad.
Timeline: January 2015 – May 2019

Strategy 3: Redesign Welcome Weekend, Orientation Programs and PMACs to more explicitly set expectations that Drake students will acquire capacity to foster intercultural engagement.
Timeline: January 2015 – May 2020

Strategy 4: Enhance learning experiences that promote students' intercultural communication and global awareness through campus programming and student life activities.
Timeline: Feb 2015 – June 2017

Strategy 5:  Ensure as the above strategies are implemented that attention is played to whether the services and programs sufficiently empower international students and visitors to fully engage in the opportunities available at Drake.
Timeline: January 2015 – May 2020

How can you support Goal 2?


  • Internationalize a course. Talk to your department chair, dean, or Drake International about your ideas, and submit a Partnership Planning Proposal or Drake International Grant to help make it happen.
  • Organize an internationally focused J-Term course or travel seminar.


Alumni, Friends, Partners

  • Contribute to a scholarship for an international experience such as study abroad.

Faculty, Staff, Students

  • Attend an international conference and share your takeaways. Faculty and staff can apply for a Drake International Grant to assist with the cost of attending a globally focused conference.


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October 20, 2016
The Comparison Project will present the third event in its 2016–2017 series on death and dying. A community interfaith dialogue on Oct. 27 will feature representatives of three different refugee religions in Des Moines.