Updated: Feb 26, 2020
On January 25th, the Council held the first-ever Global Conversations program at the Pat May Center in Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. This all day event allowed over 140 students from local schools to interview international people of various professions from 20 different countries around the world. These students were able to hold informed conversations by preparing questions ahead of time regarding each person’s profession and home country and asking them to the speaker in real time.
Students from the charter school system International Leadership of Texas had the opportunity to interview people from Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Kuwait, Jordan, New Zealand, and the Palestinian Territories. They discussed the professions of each person as well as cultural differences between people in that country versus people in the United States. North Hills Preparatory Academy spoke with a principal from India and banker from Austria. Archeological and environmental conversations took place between Euless Junior High School and people from Turkey and Paraguay. Students from Early College High School were able to speak with a Tunisian woman living in Japan, an engineer in Taiwan celebrating Chinese New Year, and lastly interview a woman from Washington D.C. who works in global health with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Students also visited a Reflection booth after their interview, hosted by the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth, where they discussed how talking to people from other cultures increases empathy and understanding. Then, students created a visual timeline after every conversation, drawing images and writing down quotes from the interview.
A special thank you to all of our Global Conversations partners: the International Leadership of Texas, UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth, and ConnecTeach.
Additionally, we are incredibly thankful to Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District for supporting Council programming and being a fantastic district partner!
12. New Zealand
13. Palestinian Territories
16. Saudi Arabia
20. Washington D.C. – United States
1. Bell High School
2. Brighter Horizons Academy
3. Early College High School
4. Euless Junior High School
5. International Leadership of Texas Arlington-Grand Prairie
6. International Leadership of Texas Garland
7. North Hills Preparatory
8. Prosper High School
9. Trinity High School
10. Ursuline Academy of Dallas