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Learn. Increase global competency by visiting the library.
"What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others." –Carlos Fuentes
As a preliminary exercise to the University Roundtable on America's Latino communities, here is a quick mini-quiz:
So how did you do? (Answers at the bottom of this article). Over the past five academic years, the percentage of Hispanic students at Regent has increased steadily, from 3.33 percent in 2006-2007, to 4.46 in 2010-2011. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Hispanics of the total population of the United States is projected to grow from 15.5% in 2010 to 17.8% in 2020. The rapid growth of Pentecostal churches in Latin America and in U.S. Hispanic communities means that the increase of Latino students at Regent will likely outpace population projections. How ready is the Regent community for a future in which Hispanic culture and language will play an increasingly important role in our University and country?
Since 2007, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), RU Global, has been an essential component of the Regent University Experience. According to the Explanation for the QEP model, "to be successful in [the] global environment, Regent graduates must be able to demonstrate global awareness, ethical commitments to individual and social responsibility, and intercultural competency. Hence, curriculum and programs at Regent will be designed to prepare our students for intercultural effectiveness in national and international settings."
Contributing to the success of the RU Global campaign is now a principal goal of nearly all Library activities. Library initiatives to support the QEP include:
The Library will continue to look for innovative ways to promote global learning and welcomes suggestions for programs and new purchases. Answers to quiz: 1 – C; 2 – B; 3 – C; 4 – A; 5 – B.
Harold Henkel is a research librarian and the Library's liaison to the School of Undergraduate Studies, the School of Communications, and the School of GLE. He also edits the Library Blog and coordinates the Library Book Club.