A MISSOURI RESOURCE
Outreach programs and services that share the University's international resources with the community and state are an important part of the mission of International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In fact, we are the state's only university with a comprehensive, global education outreach program. For public audiences, the Center sponsors programs that serve to increase interest in and understanding of other cultures. Offered in partnership with community organizations and featuring the University's growing cadre of faculty with international expertise, these public programs create a forum for informed discussion of world affairs and U.S. foreign policy and their impact on our region. We also assist precollegiate teachers and schools, which are now called upon to provide students the knowledge, skills and sensitivities required by our global economy and society.
SERVING TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS
The Center conducts, in cooperation with the University's Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education and the Missouri Geographic Alliance, an Annual Geographic Education Conference for teachers and UM-St. Louis education majors. We serve educators statewide with the Missouri International Studies Resource Collection. A library of exemplary global studies teaching materials for grades K-college, the Collection includes videos, curriculum units, children's literature, and cultural artifact kits for ten countries/cultures. New acquisitions will focus on serving the course and program created by our endowed professorships in international studies. Through the Center's biannual newsletter, we inform educators of resources and learning opportunities throughout the country.
CONNECTING ST. LOUIS COMMUNITIES TO GLOBAL ISSUES AND EVENTS
The Center's annual State of the World Conference brings business people, alumni and others from the community together with faculty and students to discuss critical global issues that impact our community. A central event for the annual May observation of World Trade Month in St. Louis, this conference is a collaboration with the World Affairs Council of St. Louis and the U.S. Export Assistance Center and its partners and the St. Louis Center for International Relations. International Studies and Programs is linked to St. Louis' ethnic communities through endowed professorships in African/African-American, Chinese, Greek, Irish and Japanese studies. These partnerships are vehicles for exploring the territory where ethnicity intersects with global events, issues and U.S. Foreign policy. In 1994, International Studies and Programs created the Missouri Japan Network, its first statewide vehicle for helping communities develop linkages to other societies. A partnership with Obirin University in Tokyo extended this teacher training project to Japan. In 1995, we inaugurated the prestigious Global Citizen Award. The Award highlights the University's commitment to educating students for a world in which the responsibilities of citizenship are global. It carries a medallion and cash prize. For further information, please contact:
International Studies and Programs
University of Missouri-St. Louis
366 Social Sciences and Business Building
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63121-4400