Mon, Oct 26, 2020 - Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Education Beyond Borders 2020

Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3:

Good Health and Well-being

What is Education Beyond Borders?

Education Beyond Borders was born at the intersection of global engagement and cross-disciplinary collaboration. This international course brings together students, alumni, and faculty from the TCS community, cultivating a deeper understanding of topics that affect countries around the world.

What is the theme for Education Beyond Borders 2020?

Education Beyond Borders 2020: Good Health and Well-being is an online course anchored around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3 to Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-being for All at All Ages. Open to students and alumni from TCSPP, Saybrook, Pacific Oaks, The Colleges of Law, and our Global Partner Institutions, Education Beyond Borders will seek to understand the psychological, social, educational, legal, healthcare and intercultural perspectives within the context of global health and well-being.

All coursework and activities will be done entirely online this year, allowing participants to enjoy fast and dynamic global connections while safe at home. In 2021, participants will have the option to participate in the 2nd year of Education Beyond Borders, continuing their global understanding of Good Health and Well-being and traveling to Mexico City.

(Participation in the 2nd year is not required).

Education Beyond Borders participants will gain global perspective, experience supporting the United Nations, and strategic planning skills. Most importantly, participants will impact their communities while working to transform themselves into global agents of change. 

Program Snapshot

Education Beyond Borders will go beyond the classroom, with opportunities to:

  • Explore the impact of COVID-19 globally and its effect on Good Health and Well-being
  • Discuss race relations and the events of 2020 in the context of Good Health and Well-being
  • Develop and implement a virtual project supporting an NGO or Government organization
  • Attend lectures from experts in the field of health and well-being
  • Participate in SDG 3 by creating an actionable manifesto submitted to the United Nations
  • Collaborate with students, alumni, and faculty across institutions, disciplines, and locations worldwide
  • Participate in 19 hours of live, synchronous learning and project work (roughly ~2hrs per week)

Additionally, in alignment with assessed competencies, learners who meet proficiency in the outlined assessments are eligible for the following:

  • Home Institution Credit
  • TCS Global Engagement Certificate: Certificate of Completion within a Global Context: Education Beyond Borders: Good Health and Well-being


Students and alumni within the TCS Community & Global Partner Network are eligible to participate.

All applicants must be in good standing with their institution & will be required to complete an informal interview with TCS Global Engagement prior to acceptance.


Education Beyond Borders 2020 Cost:

Tuition at your home institution rate. There are no additional fees for this opportunity beyond tuition!

Faculty Leadership

Luann Fortune, LMT, PhD

Faculty and Coordinator of the Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) PhD Mindful Leadership in Healthcare Specialization

Luann Drolc Fortune, MA, PhD, LMT, NCBTMB is Faculty and Coordinator of the Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) PhD Mindful Leadership in Healthcare Specialization in Saybrook's College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. She has a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Science, and MA and PhD in Human Development. She is a former fellow at Fielding University's Institute of Social Innovation, and served on the executive committees for the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) and the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences (SPHS), and on the Program Plan Committee for IM4US (Integrative Medicine for Underserved). She has extensive experience in organizational development in the private sector, and operated a wellness and somatic therapy practice in Washington, DC for over 20 years.

Dionne Clabaugh, EdD

Core Faculty Pacific Oaks College

Dionne Clabaugh, Ed.D. has worked in education since 1982 and in higher education since 1999. In parent participation P-5th grade schools she was a teacher, director, volunteer, and school board member. In teacher education departments at Universities and Community Colleges she was a faculty member, department chair, grant coordinator, program reviewer, faculty adviser, and mentor to faculty and students. Dr. Clabaugh earned a bachelor's in music therapy from the University of the Pacific, a Masters in organization development with emphasis in higher education and a Doctorate in Learning and Instruction for higher education, both from the University of San Francisco. Her teaching style and research are focused on designing highly engaging learning experiences across the lifespan, using constructivist and dialogue-based strategies in a collaborative and autonomy-supportive learning environment, to promote deep learning and far transfer.

Jared Carter, JD

Adjunct Professor The Colleges of Law

Jared Carter graduated from Vermont Law School in 2009 where he received an Equal Justice Foundation Fellowship to litigate a constitutional challenge to U.S. Treasury Department Regulations prohibiting travel to Cuba. A veteran attorney and advocate for social, legal and economic justice, Professor Carter spent a year as law clerk to Justices William Leaphart, Jim Rice and Jim Nelson at the Montana Supreme Court. As an Assistant Professor of Law, Professor Carter teaches a range of courses including: Legal Activism, Appellate Advocacy, First Amendment Law, and Natural Resources Law. In addition, he has developed numerous study away courses that take students to Cuba to learn about the Cuban legal system. An active member of the Vermont bar, Jared also directs the Vermont Community Law Center, litigating constitutional and consumer rights issues in state and federal court. Outside his legal work, Professor Carter is an avid outdoors-person—backpacking, canoeing and fly-fishing in the warmer months, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Despite the fact that Vermont is landlocked, Professor Carter also enjoys surfing and does so in the frigid waters of the New England coastline.

Alisha DeWalt, PhD

Associate Campus Dean, Online Campus The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Alisha DeWalt holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and completed her doctorate degree in business psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation was focused on exploring global competency and its impact on individuals entering the business field which ignited her passion for global education and comprehensive internationalization. Dr. DeWalt has been employed with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for eight years and has served in a variety of positions focused primarily on improving operational excellence, advancing online program quality through implementing innovative technology, and driving forward international initiatives through TCSPP Global. Currently, Dr. DeWalt serves as the Associate Campus Dean of the highly successful online campus. In this role, Dr. DeWalt implements the online vision plan of technological innovation, drives forward undergraduate programming, and coordinates the university’s strategic plan. As the TCSPP Global Lead, Dr. DeWalt oversees international admissions for the university, and furthers the mission of TCSPP Global to prepare professionals to live, thrive, and serve in a diverse and global world.

Gustavo Padilla, PhD

Professor, School of Psychology CETYS

Gustavo M. Padilla is a Doctor of Social Science with an academic background in Social Psychology and Psychoanalysis. He is currently interested in the interdisciplinary fields of Social Gerontology, mainly oriented to qualitative and critical approaches. Dr. Padilla is a full-time Faculty member at CETYS University, Tijuana campus (Mexico), where he teaches seminars on Psychopathology and Society, and Social Gerontology. Dr. Padilla is also an active member of the Mexican Association of Suicidology (Asociación Mexicana de Suicidología).

Ian Towers, PhD

Professor, Study Programme Director B.A. International Business Administration, Professor of Management SRH

Dr. Ian Towers is a Professor at SRH in Germany. His research is interdisciplinary and international by nature. Dr. Towers is interested in the changing nature of work and how this is having an impact on employment relationships, in particular, the rapid the growth in precarious employment relationships and their effect on organisations, individuals and on (self-)organising.

Dr. Towers is also interested in how management ideas travel and are reflected in cultural products such as television dramas, films, literature and art.

David Sam, PhD

Professor, Cross-Cultural Psychology University of Bergen, Norway

David Lackland Sam (PhD) is a clinical psychologist and professor of cross-cultural psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway. Sam is a first-generation Ghanaian Norwegian who migrated to Norway soon after obtaining a B.Sc. Hons. degree in psychology at the University of Ghana. Sam divides his position at the University of Bergen, between the Department of Psychosocial Science (Faculty of Psychology) and the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care (Faculty of Medicine), where he has served as a professor for 20 years. Sam also has adjunct positions at the University of Ghana, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, USA. Sam has been a visiting professor at several universities in Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, and the United States. 

Natalie Adams-Adonis, MA

Senior Lecturer, Psychology Department Cornerstone Institute

Natalie Adams- Adonis comes from Cape Town, South Africa and is a Senior lecturer in the Psychology Department at Cornerstone Institute. She is currently doing her PhD in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape, with a research focus on intervention mapping for mothers in resource constrained contexts. Natalie completed her Masters in Psychological Research (UCT), a quantitative study exploring parental involvement and child adjustment within different family structures. Her training includes in depth interviewing, programme evaluation and monitoring, gender in research analysis and design, research methods and statistics. Natalie’s research interests includes perinatal development, maternal mental health, children, education, continuous trauma, community social justice and poverty. She is a registered practitioner with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and runs a small private practise where clients are seen therapeutically both individually and in groups. 

Claudia Dolezal, PhD

Professor, Department of Business IMC Krems

Dr Claudia Dolezal is a Professor in Tourism at the IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria. Prior to her current role she was a Senior Lecturer in Tourism at the University of Westminster, UK, and a Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her background is in tourism, international development and social anthropology with a geographical focus on the region of Southeast Asia and more recently Latin America and Europe. Her areas of expertise are within tourism and sustainable development, tourism’s contribution to the UN SDGs, tourism and social inequalities, as well as community-based tourism, people’s empowerment and qualitative research methods. Dr Dolezal is a keen speaker at international conferences and part of the editorial board of the Austrian Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (ASEAS). She has been a visiting scholar at various universities around the world, including, for example, the University of the South Pacific Fiji, Al-Farabi National University Kazakhstan, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral Ecuador, as well as a recent UNWTO sustainable tourism PhD course at the Universidad de Anáhuac in Mexico. 


Previous Programs

In 2018, we studied the topic of identity in Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa. Needless to say, it was an experience none of us will forget. 

View the video below. 

In 2019, we studied the concept of balance in Tokyo, Japan. From meaningful discussions to community service, it was a life-changing 10-day experience.

View the video below.


How much does Education Beyond Borders 2020 cost?

There is no program fee for Education Beyond Borders 2020. There is a credit-bearing course that will be billed to your student account according to your home institution's current tuition rate.

Can I use Financial Aid?

If you already receive financial aid, you will be able to use financial aid towards the 3-credit tuition cost of Education Beyond Borders. Please reach out to your financial aid advisor with any questions.

What does Education Beyond Borders "2 years, 2 opportunities" mean?

Education Beyond Borders is now on a 2 year cycle, meaning that both Education Beyond Border 2020 & 2021 will address the topic of Good Health & Well-being. The 2020 program will take place virtually this fall, and the 2021 program will take place in Mexico City during December of 2021.

Do I have to participate in Education Beyond Borders 2020 & 2021?

You are not required to participate in both years, but you absolutely can! The new 2 year cycle does not require you participate in both programs, however, those that wish to are encouraged to do so!

What is the time commitment?

As a full credit bearing course, you should expect the same time commitment as other similar courses. As a fully online course, there will be required synchronous & asynchronous components of the course, projects, and experience. We estimate a range of 11 to 19 hours of synchronous requirements (roughly 1-2 hours per week).

Who participates in Education Beyond Borders?

Education Beyond Borders is different from all other courses in that it is a completely cross-disciplinary experience. Students and alumni are encouraged to participate. You will work with people pursuing & holding degrees in psychology, law, education, nursing, business, and more. Your unique background will be crucial for your groups to have a cross-functional approach to addressing SDG 3, with participants joining the course from institutions across the US and around the globe.