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Join Us! Sustainability Literacy Webinar

Please join us in celebrating and promoting the first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action & Awareness WeekMarch 1-5, 2021, coordinated by the University Global Coalition (UGC), the State University of New York (SUNY), and many additional higher education institutions from around the world!


The Signature Event

In the opening event of UGC Action & Awareness Week (March 1st at 12PM Eastern Time) Aurélien Decamps, co-founder of Sulitest and faculty at Kedge Business School, will present the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Sulitest Report for 2020 and the Sulitest International Test. During the week, students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to respond to the SuliTest, a tool for assessing an individual’s SDG literacyfree of charge. Please register in advance of this presentation to secure your place: 

You can take the test during SDG Action and Awareness week.  Sign up at: Once you are registered, you can add this session code: 09B5-4423-FF13 (please copy and paste it under “Add Sessions”, without any space before or after).  We encourage you to share it widely with your students and colleagues. Preliminary results of the survey will be presented and discussed in a closing event on Friday, March 5.

About Sulitest:

Sulitest is an international organization devoted to promoting sustainability literacy, that is, the knowledge, skills and mindsets that allow individuals to become deeply committed to build a sustainable future and that help them to make informed and effective decisions to this end.



SDG Action and Awareness Week organizers have provided resources for students, faculty, and staff to learn about the SDGs and to assist in incorporating SDG-related concepts into their current course structure and projects in a flexible, online format. Visit the UGC website to view resources such as: a Student Action Toolkit; SDG AAW graphics to share on social media, email, etc.; A Guide for Teaching the SDGs; and more!

For more information on the week, please visit


Sustainable Development Goals Action and Awareness Week

March 1-5, 2021 marks the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Action & Awareness Week, coordinated by the University Global Coalition (UGC), the State University of New York (SUNY), and multiple higher education institutions from around the world. First adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ( are a roadmap to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030. The interconnected goals are a way for institutions to address sustainability holistically and with a people-first approach.


The event will provide resources for students, faculty, and staff to learn about the SDGs and to assist in incorporating SDG-related concepts into their current course structure and projects in a flexible, online format. The UGC also encourages higher education institutions to host their own SDG awareness-raising events during this week and open them to participants from around the world by submitting the details at Events can focus on a particular SDG or general SDG-related topics, and details should be submitted no later than February 22.

For more information on this event and to view available resources, visit

Exploring Marriage Across Cultures through COIL

Dr. Younus Mizra recently implemented a COIL Collaboration in his first year seminar Marriage and Sexuality in Islam.  He has written an excellent post on Shenandoah University’s news site describing the topics they explored, collaborative techniques, student learning, and reflections from his perspective as a professor.  An excerpt: 

The COIL experience made me re-realize the importance of peer interaction as an integral part of learning. Traditionally, the professor is the expert and dispenses knowledge to the university classroom. In the COIL model, the professor continues their expert role but now acts also as a facilitator guiding discussions and helping students think through their experiences. Furthermore, the peer-to-peer interaction led to more open discussions and information sharing than in a traditional classroom. While many professors are wonderful facilitators, they still are the experts and play an evaluative role that can be intimidating to the students.

Younus Mizra

Dr. Younus Mizra is Director of the Barzinji Project at Shenandoah University.  You can read his full blog post at

Photo from Dr. Mizra’s COIL Collaboration:

As our exchange continued, our key contact in Malaysia got engaged, leading to a fascinating discussion regarding engagements across cultures and religions. Here is a picture at her engagement ceremony.

New Year, New Website

Welcome to 2021! We at the SUNY COIL Center wish you all a healthy and happy new year. Our wish for a new, refreshed and more functional website has finally come true. We hope you will find this new site more engaging, more informative and easier to navigate. We welcome your feedback and your suggestions as we continue to develop this site. You can contact us anytime at Thank you for the work you do to enrich education with international collaborations with COIL!

IVEC 2021 Call for Proposals

You are cordially invited to submit a proposal for the International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC 2021), the largest, most prominent event on Virtual Exchange. The SUNY COIL Center is very pleased to co-host IVEC 2021 with Drexel University. IVEC 2021 will offer both in-person and online conference options. The in-person conference will take place in New York City, USA from 20-22 October 2021.The online conference will take place 27-29 October 2021. 

The full call for proposals and submission guidelines can be found on the conference website: The submission system will open January 15, 2021 and can be accessed through the conference website. Submissions are due by March 1, 2021.

You may contact the IVEC 2021 conference organizers with any questions at

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