PVGoesGlobal: Reimagining Intercultural Learning & Global Student Mobility at Prairie View A&M University


  • Stephanie Tilley Prairie View A & M University
  • Nathan K. Mitchell Prairie View A & M University
  • Marcus L. King Prairie View A & M University
  • Godlove Fonjweng Prairie View A & M University




HBCUs, COVID-19, education abroad


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the United States met the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and increased social unrest caused by George Floyd’s death head on to provide quality instruction and to support students in and out of the classroom. For many of these institutions, global and intercultural efforts struggled as administrators, faculty, staff, and students pivoted to online instruction. Through storytelling, ethnography and narrative analysis, this essay describes how Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) navigated the continuing challenges presented by COVID-19 by reimagining what global education and student mobility could be. This case study highlights the impact of intentional collaborations with stakeholders within and outside of the university, the development of a themed living and learning communities focused on glocal learning, and the infusion of global competencies into core curriculum courses through faculty development. Data indicate learning gains and improved satisfaction with programming. By employing a glocal framework, PVAMU has demonstrated how an HBCU can bring the world to their students when confronted with a global shutdown.


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Author Biographies

Stephanie Tilley, Prairie View A & M University

Stephanie Tilley, MEd, is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High-Ability Center (MACH-III) at Prairie View A & M University (PVAMU). Prior to her role, she served as a Program Coordinator for four years in the Office of International Programs at PVAMU and worked overseas in various education abroad capacities in Greece and South Africa. Stephanie is committed to advancing scholarly research in globalization efforts at HBCUs, international higher education and global Black Studies.

Nathan K. Mitchell, Prairie View A & M University

Nathan K. Mitchell, PhD, is a Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M University and Director of the university's B-GLOBAL Quality Enhancement Plan focusing on the development of global competencies in undergraduate students. He studies state politics, public law, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is an applied researcher focusing on barriers to student success like food insecurity and textbook costs.

Marcus L. King, Prairie View A & M University

Marcus L. King, MBA, is a leader in international education holding degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Prairie View A&M University. As an international educator, he has helped coordinate efforts to sponsor 1000+ passports for students to study abroad. He actively coordinates Title III and Study Abroad Capacity Building grants to support HBCU students and he has been a frequent speaker and presenter at international conferences including NAFSA and Diversity Abroad.

Godlove Fonjweng, Prairie View A & M University

Dr. Godlove Fonjweng, PhD, is the Executive Director of International Programs and Senior International Officer (SIO) at PVAMU. He earned a B.A. in geochemistry from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at Philadelphia University and later transitioned into academic advising and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. He has led internationalization efforts at multiple institutions. As SIO, he is currently overseeing the internationalization of PVAMU.


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How to Cite

Tilley, S., Mitchell, N., King, M., & Fonjweng, G. (2022). PVGoesGlobal: Reimagining Intercultural Learning & Global Student Mobility at Prairie View A&M University. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 34(4), 480–498. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v34i4.716



Special Section on International Education at HBCUs