Summer Sessions: Becoming a Global Collaborator

Becoming a Global Professional

Becoming a Global Collaborator: Innovative and Inclusive Ways to Address Global Challenges

Course Overview

COVID-19 has highlighted that global and local challenges are complex and interconnected. Current and emerging challenges require collaboration and innovation that crosses geographic and disciplinary boundaries. A multitude of perspectives and experiences are needed to address these complex challenges. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are one global framework that is being used by people and institutions around the world to understand and address problems that impact humanity at the local, national and international levels in more inclusive and equitable ways. By engaging with the SDG Agenda, students will connect their courses of study with global challenges and solutions, consider how many different societal challenges are interconnected, and explore ways to make a difference in their careers, communities, and personal lives. Students will consider strategies for turning global awareness into global and local action.

This one-unit Summer Session II seminar on Becoming a Global Collaborator: Innovative and Inclusive Ways to Address Global Challenges is open to students in both the lower and upper divisions from all majors. Students who need one additional credit to qualify for summer financial aid will find this course to be a great complement to just about any course of study.

Course Highlights

  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Utilize soft skills, or innate human capabilities such as interpersonal skills, communication skills, team-building skills, and social skills.
  • Reflect on their own engagement with real-life global challenges.


UC Davis students will need to register for UC Davis Summer Session courses using the Schedule Builder within MyUCDavis.  

Course Instructors

For questions about the course, please contact Jolynn Shoemaker, director of global engagements in Global Affairs, at