Ensuring equitable access to global learning opportunities for all so that Pittsburgh becomes a more informed, engaged, and empathetic community As the world grows smaller, learning helps us cultivate empathy across difference and create a sense of belonging. Global Learning unlocks a world of possibilities and opportunities. Creating global minds through equitable exposure and education […]

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Ensuring equitable access to global learning opportunities for all so that Pittsburgh becomes a more informed, engaged, and empathetic community

As the world grows smaller, learning helps us cultivate empathy across difference and create a sense of belonging.

Global Learning unlocks a world of possibilities and opportunities. Creating global minds through equitable exposure and education is imperative for solving 21st-century problems and providing transformative experiences for all.

What is Global Learning?

Global learning is an ongoing, inclusive process of engagement, exchange, and community-building that empowers us to achieve complete agency and awareness as a global citizen. 

Global Learning is for everyone

Global learning is a life-long learning process that is not just limited to student years. It takes place in both formal and informal systems of education, both abroad and here: at home, locally, and regionally. 

We believe each and every Pittsburgher can experience global learning in ways that help them feel at home in the world and ready for all the opportunities the world has to offer. 

Global learning opportunities include: 

– Cultural exposure
– Cultural exchange
– Language access and education
– Service learning 
– Study abroad
– Travel

The Gap

In Pittsburgh, racial disparity in the quality of public education is significant, according to a 2015 study of Pittsburgh public schoolsBroader access to education irrespective of gender, location, ethnicity, or level of income, is not just a moral imperative, but, according to the Quarterly Journal of Economics, is most likely to increase innovation and economic growth.

Our Work

The Switchboard counteracts this gap by leveraging our network power to convene a diverse group of stakeholders that can address this issue through cross-sector collaboration. Together, the Global Learning Coalition works to ensure equitable access to global learning opportunities for all so that Pittsburgh becomes a more informed, engaged, and empathetic community.

Global Learning Coalition

The Global Learning Coalition is a network of educators, non-profits, and government agencies that seeks to ensure that all members of the Pittsburgh community have access to global and community learning activities. The coalition meets on a monthly basis. Want to get involved? E-mail us at diana.yuh@theglobalswitchboard.org.

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