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The Global Leadership FYE-FRINQ

The Global Leadership FYE-FRINQ at Portland State University engages students in the local community while preparing them for leadership roles in their respective majors and careers. To participate in this community students will enroll in a special section of Freshman Inquiry, Globalization taught by Christopher Carey. Students will be housed on the same floor in the Ondine building, will participate in various community activities, and develop leadership skills through a variety of experiential learning programs.

    The specific goals of this leadership community include:

    • Civic engagement and leadership focus
    • In depth community participation required as part of the course
    • Year long examination of globalization from multiple perspectives
    • Global citizenship exploration through community service, reflection, and class discussion
    • Bridging of in class learning to residence hall living through additional themed programming
    • Supportive learning environment enhanced through peer academic support and Learning Community Assistants

    About the Freshman Inquiry (FRINQ) Globilization course

    Globalization refers to the social, cultural, political, and economic changes brought about by the flow of capital, people, and ideas across the globe. Arguably, we have witnessed over the last forty years (or so) a new era which has altered the nature and conception of time and space: more people, money, and ideas move more quickly than ever before. Satellite networks, cheaper, faster travel, digitalized financial markets, and other technological advances have led to a world in which local events have global impacts. Conversely, it becomes increasingly difficult to shelter one’s self and one’s community from the rest of the world.

    The goal of this course is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to think critically and ethically about globalization – its nature, impact, and desirability. We will examine globalization and global leadership through an interdisciplinary lens. The first term focuses on introducing globalization and topics of development, conflict, international law, global leadership, and the democratization around the globe. We will also develop our own leadership skills by engaging in the local community. 

    We will also consider throughout moral and political arguments for more just globalization, keeping in view article 5 of the United Nations Millennium Declaration (September 8, 2000):

    We believe that the central challenge we face today is to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all the world’s people. For while globalization offers great opportunities, at present its benefits are very unevenly shared, while its costs are unevenly distributed. […] Thus, only through broad and sustained efforts to create a shared future, based upon our common humanity in all its diversity, can globalization be made fully inclusive and equitable. 

    About the Freshman Inquiry Professor

    Christopher Carey, (PhD, Arizona State University, 2008; JD, Southern Illinois University, 1995), is a former Deputy District Attorney and currently an Associate Professor in Portland State University's School of Cummunity Health and Interdisciplinary Program-University Studies. He is a graduate of Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication where his focus was intercultural, organizational, and health communication. He has studied at the International Court of Justice in the Neatherlands and his expertise extends to the application of international law with an emphasis on working with organizations and businesses to improve collaborations in intercultural settings. He has worked with several groups within the field of human rights to develop strategic plans and collaboration strategies. 

    He served as the Executive Director of a US based non-profit 501c(3) international himan rights organization that addressed human trafficking, safe migration, and gender-based violence through culturally grounded, rights-based solutions. During his tenure as executive director he helped open offices in Kathmandu, Nepal, Kolkata, India, Dhaka, Bangledesh, and Mexico City, Mexico and received over one million dollars in external funding. He has been identified as an expert in human trafficking and intercultural communication by the California Judicial System and the Mexican Senate where he testified as an expert witness on human trafficking and organizational related issues. His pedagogical interests center on civic engagement and the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

    He is the author of diverse publications ranging from human trafficking, development, and student engagement. When he is not learning about the world from his two children, he can be found wandering the woods and fishing the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

    If you have additional questions feel free to contact Courtney Sandler ( or Christopher Carey ( You may also contact residence life at 503.725.4375.