Assignment Information and Required Activities: You will brainstorm five (5) activities that you can see yourself engaging in during your lifetime that might assist you in developing your global learning. With each activity provide a brief discussion (a paragraph) as to how this activity fits into one (or more) of the elements of the framework we are using:

Obtain Knowledge
•    Understand the interconnectedness and interdependence of global systems
•    Understand the historical, cultural, economic, and political forces that shape society and explain own situation in this context
•    Understand various/different cultures and how culture is created
•    Understand the relationship of power and language, and how language interacts with culture
•    Understand conflict and power relationships.
•    Understand how language frames thinking and perspective (“the language you speak creates the box in which you think”)
•    Recognize how stereotypes develop and where they come from

Assume Attitudes
•    A sense of perspective and social responsibility
•    Overcome provincial/parochial thinking
•    Reduced prejudice
•    An appreciation of difference; an ability to value and acknowledge other cultures as legitimate
•    Cultural self-awareness and understanding of one’s self in the global context (one’s own place and connections)
•    Greater appreciation of or an interest in learning about different cultures
•    Empathy and  heightened awareness of perspective
•    Open-mindedness and an understanding of complexity

Develop Skills
•    The ability to think, work, and move across boundaries—in diverse environments with a range of people
•    Conflict resolution
•    Intercultural communications skills
•    Language proficiency
•    The ability to take informed responsibility for actions in a globally connected world
•    Linking theory and practice through experience both as citizens and in professions
•    Internalize and apply cultural understandings and knowledge
•    An increased capacity to seek out multiple perspectives—inside perspectives as well as outside one

Data analysis;federal government proposes a new regulation or issues a related document

When an entity of the U.S. federal government proposes a new regulation or issues a related document, the proposal or related document published by the federal government is open for public comment. Using, the database of open and closed regulatory issue documents, draft a comment in response to an open notice, proposed rule, or rule of your choice that involves air quality and human health. Your comment must include: a statement of your explicit agreement or disagreement with the regulatory issue; three supporting points for your agreement/disagreement; and citations from three online databases.

Example ONLY: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry (ATSDR) has updated its Substance Priority List (SPL), the ranked list of substances commonly found at facilities on the National Priority List (NPL) that pose a threat to human health.  Substances on this list are all candidates to be the subject of a toxicological profile prepared by the ATSDR, and ATSDR is currently requesting nominations for toxicological profiles. Using the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry’s website, you could chose one hazardous substance from the SPL that is known to have a detrimental effect on air quality and, subsequently, human health (from the ATSDR Toxic Substances Portal, you can search for a hazardous substance as organized by the Health Effects of Exposure to Toxic Substances or by Chemical Classifications). Then, you could search for the request for nominations for toxicological profiles that is open for comment on, and nominate a substance, citing three reasons that substance should be the subject of a toxicological profile.

ATSDR Toxic Substances Portal

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Worker Health Chartbook

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Data and Statistics Gateway

National Institutes of Health’s TOXMAP Environmental Health Maps—Your Voice in Federal Decision-Making

Substance Priority List