Rivier University’s Office of Global Engagement participates in Rivier's mission of 'transforming hearts and minds to serve the world' by creating and leading a comprehensive platform of academic, co-curricular, and campus-wide programs that facilitate international understanding, intercultural partnerships, and global immersion experiences for faculty, staff, and students.
The Office of Global Engagement's values include:
- Understanding: The OGE facilitates thoughtful appreciation of global cultures through the exploration of international history, literature, art, politics, current events, and people.
- Partnering: The OGE develops working relationships with like-minded, global institutions that facilitate dynamic cultural exchange.
- Immersing: The OGE pursues activities that provide the Rivier community with deep and persistent engagement in other cultural contexts.
- Transforming: The OGE seeks to connect all aspects of the Rivier educational experience to create a global platform for personal, academic, and vocational reflection and change.
The Office of Global Engagement is currently conducting an Annual Survey to help inform the development of a Global Engagement program. All individual information will be kept confidential. Aggregate results will be published through a variety of Rivier outlets. If you have specific questions, please contact Dr. Mark W. Meehan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take the survey online now.
Rivier will also host a Global Engagement Speaker Series on Monday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Dion Center Reception Room, featuring Dr. Waleed El-Ansary. Dr. El-Ansary is Helal, Hisham and Laila Edris El-Swedey University Chair in Islamic Studies at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, previously serving as an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is a consultant to the Royal Court of Jordan as well as the Grand Mufti of Egypt. His research focuses on the relationship between religion, science, and economics, and he has lectured widely on topics relating to economics, philosophy, and policy. He is the author of “Economics of Clash of Civilizations: Reexamining Religion and Violence” and “Revisiting the Qur'anic Basis for the Use of War Language” in The Crescent and Dove: Muslim Perspectives on Peace and Conflict Resolution (2010) and Muslim and Christian Understanding: Theory and Application of "A Common Word" (2010, edited with David Linnan). El-Ansary received an MA in Economics from the University of Maryland and his PhD in the Human Sciences with concentration in Islamic Studies from George Washington University