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Balfour Scholars Program - Seeks Graduate Students

Balfour Scholars Program
(Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration)
In partnership with GALACTIC
(a project of the Center for the Study of Middle East and the Center for the Study of Global Change)
To Co-Lead GALACTIC Global Infusion through Arts Workshop
@ the Balfour Pre-College Academy
July 10- 14, 2017 (Workshop @ IUB)
May 26, 2017 (Mandatory Training session @ IUB 11 am – 5 pm)
Global conflict & area-studies expertise or an interest in Global Arts required
Training and $300 stipend provided
Each graduate student will work with one pre-service teacher and in-service teacher to lead a 90-minute session over a 5-day period with approximately 20 Balfour scholars (rising high school seniors). The sessions are tentatively scheduled for early afternoon. Using arts as a doorway to understanding global conflict issues, the sessions will address climate change, health, human trafficking, and other global conflicts. Graduate student facilitators working with in-service teacher and pre-service teachers will introduce a particular regional conflict, such as the ongoing Israeli - Palestinian conflict, over the course of the first 4-day 90-minute sessions. Connections to local Indiana issues will also be presented as well as how artists and cultural leaders address these conflict issues. Facilitators will guide students (small group or individual) in developing a 5-minute arts-based “response” to the issues. Balfour Scholars will share their outcomes in a joint session during the final 90-minute session and academy closing banquet.
GALACTIC staff will conduct a 6-hour arts and global conflict and blog-bridge training session on May 26, 2017 11 am – 5 pm (lunch included!) Facilitators will continue to work virtually in June – July in a blog-bridge designed for sharing ideas and resources.
Please email your résumé or CV to (utilize the subject line: Global Arts Infusion) if you are interested in becoming a graduate facilitator. In the email, please share your global conflict and/or area-studies expertise or your interest in Global Arts.
W.W. Wright Education Building 201 N. Rose Avenue Bloomington, IN 47405 (812) 856-8786
The Balfour Scholars Program (BSP) equips students with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions related to college choice and college fit that take into account students’ scholarly identity and career aspirations. The overarching objective of the BSP is to increase higher education access and success for underrepresented minority students. BSP scholars participate in a one-week residential Balfour Pre-College Academy (BPCA), where they attend sessions facilitated by representatives from a variety of campus units. These sessions focus on becoming a better scholar, managing finances, academic majors and careers, cultural identity, and campus involvement. BSP is also a student-centered outreach program that provides underrepresented students with a continuum of support throughout their senior year of high school. BSP scholars who pursue an undergraduate degree at IUB will benefit from mentorship, advising, programming, and academic support. BSP staff collaborates with campus programs including DEMA, Career Development Center, and Enrollment Management.
GALACTIC Global Arts Local Arts Culture Technology International Citizenship
GALACTIC, a collaborative project of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and the Center for the Study of Global Change, will work with the Balfour Pre-College Academy (BPCA) at Indiana University (IU) to facilitate a Global Infusion workshop track for rising high school seniors. GALACTIC works with educators to design local-centric global curricula at the intersection of art, indigenous leadership, human rights, cultural heritage policy, compassionate listening/dialogue and conflict mediation. At the BPCA, IU graduate student, in-service teacher, and pre-service teacher facilitators will guide students on an exploration of a particular region of the world through the cultural and political issues raised by musicians, healers, visual artists, craftspeople, storytellers, and environmental activists who practice their art there. Facilitator teams will work with GALACTIC to design an engaging 5-day curriculum.
The GALACTIC Global Infusion workshop will offer Balfour Scholars an arts and culture-based approach to how their local issues in Indiana intersect with other global communities. They will gain an introduction to global citizenship, human rights, and indigenous leadership. One of the primary goals of GALACTIC is to identify cultural practices and policies that promote an understanding of the tensions as well as the commonalities among communities in contention and encourage intercultural exchange that respects wholesome cultural distinctions and historically situated identities. Facilitators will consider particular geo-political and environmental struggles, as well as issues of ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. They will guide students individually and collectively as they wrestle with complex issues and consider arts and culture-based approaches to conflict and justice-based resolution.