Global Immersion @ Home Course

Can you receive a meaningful global experience without international travel?  Can you learn about different cultures and the challenge of adapting to a new culture and still sleep in your own bed?  Can you help someone who has fled a repressive government to become a contributing member of American society?  You can do all those things and more by participating in the Global Immersion @ Home experience.

Based in Winston-Salem, the Global Immersion @ Home Course provides the opportunity for students to witness the various ways in which immigrants and refugees create sources of income – many of them replicating skills they successfully used in their country of origin.  We will be partnering with the YMCA, World Relief, Forsyth Technical Community College Small Business Center, El Buen Pastor, and Wake’s Pro Humanitate Center.

The School of Business has a long tradition of honoring the university’s Pro Humanitate mission by using our business knowledge to support and educate others in our global community.  In this course, we will partner with small businesses in the greater Winston-Salem area to help them find new ways to optimize their value.

Students in this course will lead a three-day Basics of Business seminar.  The seminar will use the Business Model Canvas and include modules on business law, finance, management, marketing, and operations.

In preparation for the seminar, students will dedicate preparation time to developing skills required to conduct effective needs assessments, facilitate participant learning, and guide businesses through the application of key business concepts.  Students have a chance to impart a piece of their acquired knowledge, but also learn a great deal from the business owners.


Important dates:

  • Deadline to sign up for Global Immersion @ Home course – November 15 (early bird); December 15 (final)
  • Course fee – $250 (includes all course materials)
  • Class Sessions to prepare for seminar – March 25 (CLT), April 22 (WS)
  • Business visits held individually or in teams between April 23 and May 7
  • Workshop Delivery in Winston-Salem – May 15-17


Please contact Bill Davis ( for more information.