Universalizing Internationalization at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Through Virtual Learning


  • 'Dimeji Togunde Spelman College
  • Harvey Charles University at Albany, SUNY


Aimed at faculty and administrators, this chapter describes viable and accessible virtual strategic initiatives that Historically Black Colleges and Universities can adopt to advance internationalization in general, and global learning in particular.  It frames these opportunities in terms of the circumstances precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic.  By citing current virtual projects on college and university campuses, it demonstrates that HBCUs can exploit the greater credibility and visibility that virtual learning has recently acquired to launch affordable global learning opportunities for their students that can help prepare them to be globally competent and that can last well beyond the end of the pandemic.


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Author Biographies

'Dimeji Togunde, Spelman College

’DIMEJI TOGUNDE, PhD, is Vice Provost for Global Education  and Professor of International Studies at Spelman College, where he leads the campus internationalization and its assessment. He has over 20 years of strategic leadership experience in developing global studies curriculum, expanding access to international education, student learning outcomes, faculty development, accreditation and strategic initiatives for diversity and inclusion in global education. Email:dtogunde@spelman.edu

Harvey Charles, University at Albany, SUNY

Dr. Harvey Charles is currently Professor of International Education at the University at Albany, SUNY.  He has served as Senior International Officer at a number of institutions around the US, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Northern Arizona University, San Francisco State University and the University at Albany.  Charles has been actively engaged in the field of international education and served as President of the Association of International Education Administrators, the leading association worldwide for university leaders of international higher education.  Apart from his deep administrative experience, Charles has published on issues including leadership in international higher education, internationalizing the curriculum and comprehensive internationalization. He serves on a number of boards, frequently consults and gives addresses on international education issues in the US and around the world. Email: hcharles@albany.edu



How to Cite

Togunde, ’Dimeji, & Charles, H. (2021). Universalizing Internationalization at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Through Virtual Learning. STAR Scholar Books. Retrieved from https://ojed.org/index.php/gsm/article/view/3021