‘Face to Face’: Building a Global Education

How Joanna Regulska Brings Worlds Together on Campus

A woman in a dark professional suit and small shawl stands next to a man, sitting, who is wearing a light colored suit.
Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs, and Chancellor May (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

UC Davis is globally recognized as a leader in research, attracting students and faculty from around the world. But how does the university make the power of global education accessible to everyone?

In the latest edition of Face to Face, Chancellor Gary S. May hosts Joanna Regulska, the vice provost and dean of Global Affairs.

Regulska joined Davis in 2015 with a passion to provide “100% of our undergraduate, graduate and professional students with global learning opportunities that change their lives and our world.” She has over 30 years of experience in the field of international education and is a professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies. 

In a light and upbeat conversation, May asks Regulska about the Global Affairs mission — “Global Education for All” — and its impact for everyone on campus. 

Hear how Regulska and the department have “expanded our notion of what global education means” and trying to find answers to big questions: “How do we engage and meet students where they are and who they are? What about doing global learning here in (the) Central Valley?”

Watch 'Face to Face' With Chancellor May & Joanna Regulska

Through Global Affairs, UC Davis has been a leader in building international consortiums to strengthen research opportunities for Aggies here and abroad.  

One such example, Regulska tells May, is how a group of Davis faculty organized a consortium of 11 other universities in Indonesia, learning unique coffee roasting techniques. “The idea is to get students to Indonesia and actually work in a field with our colleagues in Indonesia. And that’s just one example of how we can bring students in.”

See if you can guess how many countries Regulska has visited and hear the answer in the chancellor’s “Hot Seat” round. 

May also takes Regulska’s questions. Hear how his first international travels as a teenager impacted his worldview and approach to the university’s three pillars: research, teaching and service. 

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José Vadi is a writer for Dateline UC Davis, and can be reached by email.

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