As the Director of Community Partnerships, Kim uses community-based learning experiences to engage the campus and the greater New London communities to support the College's mission in educating students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society. She works with students, staff, faculty and community partners to design innovative teaching and learning experiences that foster active citizenship and contribute to advancing the quality of life in local and global communities.
Working across departments and divisions in support of the College mission, the Office of Global Initiatives directs Walter Commons programming to facilitate and coordinate the integration of global issues and perspectives into the academic program and campus culture. The office leads efforts to enhance world languages, deepens the global-local engagement dimensions of Connections, and supports the full participation of students, faculty and staff.
IIE (the Institute of International Education) created a video, 100 Years of Transforming Lives featuring Bina Nepram, Resident Scholar at Connecticut College.
Global-Local Engagement Advisers
In Spring 2018, the Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement launched a new advising program for off-campus programs.
This program supports Connections by highlighting experiential learning (through study away, internships, applied research, and community engagement) as an opportunity to pursue academic studies in real-world and practical contexts. The program is a collaboration with staff from Community Partnerships, Study Away, the Holleran Center, CISLA, and the Office of Career and Professional Development.
Institute of International Education — Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF)
The Scholar Rescue Fund is an international network of higher education institutions that are committed to the protection of threatened scholars around the globe and to promoting the core idea that all people should be free to think.
Connecticut College is proud to be a member of IIE-SRF and to offer support to colleagues who seek refuge in order to pursue their academic lives. From 2014-2016, the College sponsored a Syrian economist through the IIE-SRF program. In January 2018, we welcomed Binalakshmi Nepram, a scholar-activist from India.
Refugee Relief and Education Committee
Based on the recommendation of the Refugee Task Force convened in fall 2015, the Connecticut College Refugee Relief and Education Committee was formally established in Fall 2016.
The committee's charge is to organize the College's response to the humanitarian issues stemming from the refugee crises unfolding worldwide, including in the Middle East, and to develop strategies for ongoing programming that draws on our expertise and resources as an institution of higher learning. As increasing numbers of students, staff, and faculty feel compelled to reach out to local and state organizations assisting newly resettled families in Connecticut, the committee will provide an institutional platform to advance this work.
The committee is currently co-chaired by Professor Catherine Benoit and Melissa Ryan, Assistant Director of the Walter Commons.