​​​​​​​​​SMC Global Citizenship Symposium Spring 2020

Applications are now open

Justice is an Inside Revolution by Hatya Khanooki, First Place-Visual Arts/Painting, GC Symposium Spring 2019

What's a symposium, you ask?

In ancient Greece, a symposium was a party with music and conversation. Today, a symposium is a formal gathering in which individuals present and exchange ideas regarding a topic - in SMC's case - about global citizenship and the theme of Justice.

For the eleventh consecutive year, Santa Monica College is proud to present our students' finest work investigating and celebrating the ideas and practices of global citizenship and its annual theme: Justice.

All SMC students are invited to submit their course work from Spring 2019 through Spring 2020 with the best examples receiving scholarships as well as campus-wide recognition for their achievement. 

The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the SMC Foundation.


Project submission categories are based on Santa Monica College's areas of interests. For more information about these, please click here​​​

The a​pplication will provide a way for you to upload your work. In order to participate in the Symposium, the content of the application must be complete and include an uploaded version of your work. 

Application Deadline

Monday, March 30, 2020, by noon, 12 p.m.

*If you submit an application, you must be available to attend the symposium ceremony from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Selected applicants will be invited to present their project on May 7 at the Symposium ceremony. Please note that due to SMC campus closure, the symposium ceremony with take place online by Zoom Conference.

What is Global Citizenship?

To be a global citizen, one is knowledgeable of peoples, customs and cultures in regions of the world beyond ones own; understands the interdependence that holds both promise and peril for the future of the global community; and is committed to combining one’s learning with a dedication to foster a livable, sustainable world.

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Who Can Apply to Enter this Competition?

  1. Any student enrolled in classes at Santa Monica College during the 2019-2020 academic year is eligible to enter work derived from those classes, or from a project completed in this academic year that was under the direct supervision of an SMC faculty member. In addition, students must have completed or be expected to have completed 6-semester units by the end of spring semester 2020. Students are welcome to submit revised or expanded versions of their course work, but the project must be rooted in something they produced at SMC during the 2019-2020 academic year while under the supervision of a faculty member.

  2. You must be available to present on the day of the Symposium, Thursday, May 7, 2020, to qualify.

Projects that Qualify for Submission

  1. Submitted Projects must be related to Global Citizenship physically, literally and/or figuratively;

  2. Projects related to the theme of "Justice" will be considered for top scholarships.

  3. Any Class Project that relates to Global Citizenship from Spring semester 2019 through Spring semester 2020.

  4. Any non-class assigned Project that relates to Global Citizenship that was completed for the competition while enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year while under the guidance of an SMC instructor.

  5. Projects can be of any type including but not limited to research papers, speeches, films, artwork, dance, theater, essays, computer design, etc.

  6. Questions to consider in developing your project: What does global citizenship look like in your discipline? How does your project address/relate to the theme: Justice? In what way does your project empower people to impact that problem for the better?


Can group projects be entered?

Yes. Students can enter their work individually or as part of a group that worked together on a project. If a group project is awarded a scholarship, the scholarship will be divided evenly among the group.

Does the work have to be a formal "research" project?

No. We invite submissions of any original student work that is connected to global citizenship and derives from an SMC course or under the supervision of a faculty member. This could be a project that investigates a specific global issue, or it could be a celebration or critical reflection on what it means to be a citizen of planet Earth. The presented work can take any number of forms, including written prose or poetry, works of art, live speeches and performances, film, and poster and multimedia presentations.

What is "global citizenship"?

Good question. Here is how the college's Global Citizenship Committee currently articulates the concept, but this symposium provides students with an opportunity to lay out an alternative vision of global citizenship as well. For more information please see the SMC Global Citizenship website at www.smc.edu/GlobalCitizenship.

Do most entries relate to the annual Global Citizenship theme?

No. We have chosen an annual theme since 2009-10 in order to provide the college community with a more focused set of issues that might facilitate interdisciplinary discussion better than the abstract idea of global citizenship itself. This year’s theme is Justice and we certainly would welcome entries that relate to the theme and its attention to local and global inequalities. However, it is not required that work entered be related to this year's theme and​ anything of relevance to some aspect of global citizenship is welcome.

What can I expect after submitting my project?

Once you submit your application and project, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt. After the application process is closed, a panel of faculty judges will review the projects. You will be notified via email if you are a finalist and given instructions about presenting/showcasing your project.

What can I expect at the Global Citizenship Symposium event?

If you are selected as a winner, you must attend the symposium scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020​from 3-8 pm (tentative time frame).​ The main purpose of this event is to provide students with a forum for sharing their work with the larger college community. More than just display their paper, film, dance, speech, sculpture, etc., this event invites students to share and discuss their work, along with ideas and motivations that lie behind it, with an audience of fellow students and teachers from a variety of the college's departments and programs. it is a relatively rare opportunity for artists to share their work with non-artists, scientists with non-scientists, and so on, as part of an interdisciplinary conversation about global citizenship.