Additional Social Justice Benefits of GNL

In addition to the obvious pedagogical benefits of GNL, given the right circumstances, incorporating GNL into your classroom can have additional social justice benefits.

“Institutions of higher education worldwide have a social responsibility to help bridge the development gap by increasing the transfer of knowledge across borders, especially towards developing countries, and working to find common solutions to foster brain circulation and alleviate the negative impact of brain drain”
(UNESCO New Dynamics 2009, 4)

Students at Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER)

Students at Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER)

When collaborating with students in marginalized communities or developing nations conducting a GNL course or component can help to correct power imbalances in global education by

  1. Providing students from abroad access to our classrooms, resources and exposure to internationalization
  2. Providing opportunities for faculty from other institutions to develop technological expertise and co-teaching partnerships
  3. Providing opportunities for participating students to develop a broader world view and a greater understanding of power imbalances in the global community

At York, we are leading the way in using these techniques to help deliver higher education to refugees.