Dean J. Fusto, Brandon Hall School
Patrick Wallace, Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global/Workforce Initiatives
DeShawn Jenkins, D.D Jenkins Consulting
Bob McCormick, Atlanta Institute of Diplomatic Leadership
Moderated by Amini Kajunju, Executive Director of IUGB Foundation
Takeaways from our discussion:
1. It’s important for kids to see themselves as a part of the global community from a young age.
2. Learning different languages helps you to navigate various worlds and understand other cultures better.
3. An international education is normalized in other cultures, but it’s considered exceptional in the USA. It needs to be normalized in the USA as well.
4. Political and economic entities need to realize the benefits of having a multicultural staff.
5. Parents can play a key role in promoting openness to our cultures with their children
6. Schools, both private and public, have a critical role to play in advancing international understanding, new language acquisition and cultural competencies.
7. The pandemic has shown us how much the world is interconnected and interdependent.
8. The leaders of the world will not be able to move forward without working within a global community and perspective.
9. There’s a language teacher shortage.
10. No matter where you live rural or urban, East or West, we are all part of a global community.