The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is inviting interested faculty and staff at Virginia Tech and other institutions of higher education in the commonwealth to participate in the upcoming virtual Global Virginia Summit.

Global Virginia’s mission is to build a global-ready Virginia with a strong multilingual, interculturally competent workforce. It prioritizes pathways to bilingualism, multilingualism, biliteracy, and intercultural competence for all by leveraging Virginia’s strong, diverse, and multilingual communities to propel our local and global economies, strengthening international trade and national security.

Global Virginia will host the virtual summit on December 10, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to bring together stakeholders from across the K-20 education continuum in the fields of world languages and career-technical education, along with business and governmental leaders to develop a strategic plan for continuing this work. 

As background, several years ago, the Virginia Organization of World Language Supervisors (VOWLS) initiated a K–20 Articulation Panel at the fall Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) conference. These efforts have grown into a Global Virginia Steering Committee focused on K–20 articulation to build a globally competent workforce in Virginia. The committee includes representatives from the Virginia Department of Education, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, public and private universities, community colleges, school divisions, and education organizations.

Visit the Global Virginia Summit website for more details.

Submitted by Laura Belmonte, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, on behalf of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia