About the Retreat
The Global Leadership Retreat brings together up to 100 international and domestic students from the ten Maricopa Community Colleges to engage in a weekend immersion program for global leadership training. The Retreat was designed to raise the participants’ cultural and global awareness, and strengthen the internationalization of the Maricopa Community Colleges. The Retreat provides an opportunity for student learning and development activities among all ten colleges, and serves as a retention tool for continued student success.
Retreat workshops and other activities enable students to learn and develop their cross-cultural communication skills, conflict resolution skills, and critical thinking skills, and to embrace a spirit of global citizenship.
- In the Ideal Country Workshop the students engage in a team-building activity resulting in the creation of their own ideal country. Ultimately it proves to be the most challenging of the Retreat activities, as it forces students to think “outside the box” of their own national boundaries to an international perspective when the conflicts between nations arise.
- The Conflict with Neighboring Nations activity challenges the students to respond to typical events and circumstances that happen in the real world, as they operate out of the framework of the “ideal country” they created. Suddenly their ideal country has to deal with serious real world problems.
- The Bafa Bafa Cross-Cultural Simulation Activity involves breaking the Retreat participants into two groups, who are each given different sets of cultural rules to role play. The challenge of having to work out ways to communicate and solve tasks using their different cultural norms brings out a dramatic side of the students, and makes a profound impression regarding the alienation and confusion of being the one who is different.
- Culture Night engages students’ creativity in a variety of ways, as they transform raw materials into unique expressions of their own specific cultures through art, music, dance, humor, and more. The Culture Night presentations allow students the opportunity to express their individual talents to the wider group of participants.
- During the Intercultural Conflict Resolution Activity, students develop individual concepts as global leaders, and learn to recognize and adapt to leadership styles across cultures.
- Dr. Shouan Pan, President of Mesa Community College presents an inspiring, passionate keynote address each year that engages the students in an interactive session provoking deep and profound thinking about what a global leader is, and how the students themselves can become leaders on the world stage.
Student Quote: “Thank you for the best weekend I have had since coming to the United States.”
~ Glendale Community College International Student