This 10th Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Conference will explore definitions and comprehensive strategies for infusing foreign language as well as intercultural skill sets and competencies for developing a global mindset throughout the curriculum. The 2016 theme — Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through CLAC — emerges from Drake University’s longstanding commitment to provide “an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.” While many educational institutions embrace “global citizenship” and “international engagement” in their mission statements, definitions and practical strategies are not always agreed upon or made explicit. Moreover, the role of language study and use is often entirely absent from the conversation or mentioned as an essentially meaningless requirement with no strategy for integrating it with the rest of the curriculum. The “Drake University Language Acquisition Program” (now the Department of World Languages and Cultures) drew national attention for creating a unique and experimental environment for language acquisition. As a site of innovation in practice and delivery, Drake University offers an appropriate venue for a lively discussion and debate about the future of languages in the curriculum, methods for promoting meaningful language use beyond the language classroom, and CLAC’s role in developing engaged and globally-minded citizens.

Our conference is of interest to both seasoned CLAC practitioners and those in the process of implementing or developing CLAC programs at their institutions. We seek a dialogue for sharing ideas and best practices in our evolving and unique field of education for global citizens. We welcome participation from the broad array of stakeholders promoting international education as a transformational model for learning, teaching and global engagement.  Past participants at our conference have included academic teaching faculty and scholars, student affairs professionals, international educators, community representatives, government officials, and teachers.  CLAC 2015 will provide an opportunity for more extended discussions of ways in which we can expand and advance the CLAC movement.

For questions, please contact Marc Pinheiro-Cadd, Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures at Drake University:

In collaboration with the members of the CLAC Consortium: Auburn University, Baldwin Wallace University, Binghamton University, BYU-Idaho, Cornell University, Denison University, Drake University, Duke University, Gettysburg College, Illinois College, Oberlin College, Michigan State University Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Skidmore College, Stockton University, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Richmond, University of Utah, and Wittenberg University