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2023 Global Impact Summer Institute for Educators

PART ONE: August 14 | 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM | 1155 E. 60th Street, Room 319, Chicago, IL 60637

PART TWO: September 22 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Virtual Resource Review & Discussion

CLICK HERE for application — space is limited
As part of the application, please be sure to submit your CV/resume to uchicagoeducatoroutreach@gmail.com with the email subject: NAME / 2023 UChicago Global Impact Fellowship.

The 2023 UChicago Global Impact Summer Institute for Educators (SIE) will examine how migration and immigration impact the identity of countries, communities, and individuals with special focus on East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

This two-part SIE program provides a professional development opportunity for K-16 educators that combines journalist-presentations with interactive activities that will introduce methods for integrating global news and journalism skills into diverse curricula to reinforce students’ critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills. This SIE program is also focused on designing a high-quality, curriculum resource related to global topics in East Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Participants will:

  1. work together to begin to develop curricular resources on August 14, 2023
  2. fine-tune individual projects during the following month; and
  3. participate in a virtual review session and discussion on September 22, 2023, where educators will each share and provide a short (5-10 minute) presentation about their resource.

Final curricular resources will be shared publicly on the UChicago Educator Outreach website.

The University of Chicago is pleased to offer a 2023 UCHICAGO GLOBAL IMPACT FELLOWSHIP ($400 STIPEND) to all K-16 educators and administrators who are chosen to participate in this two-part SIE program. A portion of the stipend will be provided after in-person attendance of PART ONE, with the remaining portion provided after peer review and submission of a final curriculum resource after PART TWO.

CPDUs will also be available for Illinois educators attending the two-part SIE program.

Lesson Plans

Linked below are lesson plans created by the 2023 SIE cohort.

“Family Separation and Im/migration” by Amy Bizzarri
“Environment and Climate Change” by Danielle D’Amore Klein
“Deforestation | Flooding & Climate Change | Ward Studies” by Samantha Godden-Chmielowicz
“Misuse and Overuse of Antibiotics – Global Perspectives” by Bara Sarraj
“Where in the World are the Uighurs?” by Kristen Witte


NOTE: All dates and times listed below are in U.S. Central Time


1155 E. 60th Street, Room 319, Chicago, IL 60637

General Goals: Participants will…

  1. Explore and analyze underreported news stories from the Middle East and East Asia
  2. Engage with Pulitzer Center journalist grantees
  3. Employ essential questions to consider the underrepresented elements of global and local issues
  4. Explore ways to use journalism to support their curricula
  5. Brainstorm methods for increasing students’ access to the world through engagement with global news
9:30 – 10:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
10:00-10:10 AM Opening Remarks from the University of Chicago Team
10:10-10:30 AM Introduction & welcome activities
10:30-11:10 AM Reading Beyond the Headlines with Underreported Stories
– Pulitzer Center Staff
11:10-11:20 AM Break
11:20-12:05 PM New Koreans
– Jia Jung (journalist)
12:05-12:35 PM Group Discussion
12:35-1:05 PM Lunch
1:05-1:50 PM  Peace, Conflict and the Middle East
– Jane Ferguson (journalist)
1:50-2:20 PM Group Discussion
2:20-2:30 PM Break
2:30-3:45 PM Curricular Resource Work Block
3:45-4:00 PM Closing



After the workshop, participants should expect the following deadlines:

September 18: Upload your lesson plan to our google folder
September 22: Present your lessons to the team

Second round of payment will be issued upon receiving lesson plan and September 22 attendance. 

If you have any questions along the way, you can contact:

Project Manager: Abbey Newman, abbeynewman@uchicago.edu
Curriculum Support: Jaya Mukherjee, jmukherjee@pulitzercenter.org


The 2023 Summer Institute for Educators will convene at 1155 E. 60th Street, Room 319, Chicago, IL 60637 on the University of Chicago campus.

Public transit: Metra (59th Street station) and CTA (#2 and #6) are good options to take to Hyde Park if you are coming from points north.

Parking: If you are driving, please plan to arrive early—by 8:00 am is preferable—as parking in the neighborhood can be dense on weekdays. Please see the Campus Parking Map for parking options in lots and garages.

There is also parking on the Midway Plaisance and throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood; please pay attention to signage for any restrictions.

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance at 773-753-2274.


Jia H. Jung

2022 Post-grad Reporting Fellow

Jia H. Jung is honored to carry out a Pulitzer Center project that holds South Korean governmental efforts and organic demographic shifts up against a serious depopulation problem that threatens to diminish the working age population of the country by 35% within the next 30 years. The irony of this predicament is that it has arrived at the height of the strategically important Asian democracy’s global influence and popularity. Can anything other than biological reproduction reverse a forecast of extinction for a nation that has survived centuries of disruption due to the interests of so many other powers?

This investigation is an extension of Jung’s fundamental quest to salvage her severed roots as a Korean person born and raised in the United States. While earning her Master of Science at Columbia Journalism School, she joined Samuel Freedman’s exclusive book writing seminar to further a biography of her late father, an unadopted street child of the Korean War era.

After a summer in Korea and the Philippines chasing stories about evaporating histories and fast cultural evolution, she will join the Honolulu Civil Beat newsroom as a Li Center for Global Journalism reporter of Philippine Affairs.

Jane Ferguson

Pulitzer Center Grantee

Jane Ferguson is a PBS NewsHour correspondent, contributor to The New Yorker, and a multiple Pulitzer Center grantee.

The 2020 Princeton University McGraw Professor of Journalism, Ferguson has more than 13 years of experience living in the Middle East and reporting from the Arab world, Africa, and South Asia.

Her work focuses on U.S. foreign policy and defense, conflict, diplomacy, and human rights. She has won several awards, including duPont, George Polk, and Emmy honors.

The 2023 UChicago Global Impact Summer Institute for Educators is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, and the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It is made possible through generous support from Title VI National Resource Center Grants from the U.S. Department of Education.