Current Events, History, and Policy

Criminal Justice Reform: Portals facilitate dialogues across North America on criminal justice in America.

Refugee Crisis: Students around the world are engaging refugees directly to learn about the challenges they face, and to help develop novel solutions.

Conflict: Groups of students have engaged counterparts in Iraq and Afghanistan to discuss the status of conflict, and prospects for future peace.

Diplomacy: Through Portals, students in Havana, Cuba and Miami, USA have discussed what American-Cuban relations could look like moving forward.

History Classes: Through Portals, students have learned world history from those who lived it. For example, a former mujahideen fighter in Afghanistan and professor in Cuba teach Cold War history from their unique perspectives. A survivor of Rwandan genocide teaches classes on reconciliation. Syrian refugees teach Syrian history.

Comparative Law: Through Portals, students of law explore comparative constitutional design with law school peers abroad.

Special Events: Portals often arrive at special sites such as the United Nations, the European Parliament, TED, the Skoll World Forum, and similar events. Students in the network at the time are able to engage attendees at these locations and events.

Language & Culture

Language Classes: Language classes and roundtables enable students around the world to practice languages including Spanish, French, Farsi, Arabic, Burmese, Pashto, Dari, and many more. There are more focused language learning options as well. For example, Syrian refugees teach Arabic through Portals.

Shared Meals: Through Portals, students have learned new recipes and shared meals with others. 

Religious and Other Celebrations: Students celebrate different religious traditions with counterparts around the world, including Eid, Hanukkah, and Holi.

    Bookclubs: Portals host bookclubs with diverse participants. Bookclubs within the U.S. have engaged students in dialogues around politics, economics and race.

    Research Projects: Across all fields, student researchers work together to on challenges across sciences and humanities.


    Health, Play, and Student Life

    Yoga Class: Portals host yoga classes taught from sites around the world, including Los Angeles, USA and Kigali, Rwanda.

    Games: From Mexico City to Gaza City, Portals hosts regular global gaming events with games such as Dungeons and Dragons.

    Sports: Rugby and other sports teams from Milwaukee to Mumbai share tips and tricks.

    Student Hangouts:  With regular open hours, Portals become places for after-class hangouts, picnics, and study halls.

    Related Multimedia

    Portals at the United Nations, connected to IDP communities

    Criminal Justice Dialogues

    An overview of the Portal at St. Edwards University

    CU Boulder Students Talk to Iraqi IDPs through Portals