The Global Council was pleased to make a call for Mini-Grant proposals to support projects and events that will take place during the 2014-15 academic year. Funding is available to support a variety of selected activities (speakers, field trips, professional development, campus events, and more) that center on any topic concerning the idea or practice of global citizenship. This includes, but is not limited to, our annual theme of Peace and Security: Managing Conflict and Violence in a Turbulent World.
The application period for the 2014-2015 Mini-Grants has now closed.
To view pictures and recaps of last year's mini-grant projects and events, please visit the Mini-Grant Recaps Page.
In preparing your proposals, you may wish to consider SMC's Vision, Mission, and Goals
, as well as the college's official definition of global citizenship:
To be a global citizen, one is knowledgeable of peoples, customs and cultures in regions of the world beyond one's 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.
Over the last six years, our initiative often has revolved around the following areas of interest and concern:
- Cross-cultural understanding: awareness of the diversity of cultures, ideas, and practices found among the world’s peoples, and of the historical, geographical, and philosophical contexts through which such cross-cultural understanding is developed;
- Interconnectedness of global systems: investigating the ways in which cultural, economic, ecological, political, and social systems interact, contributing to global trends while impacting lives at the local scale;
- Ecological literacy: promoting understanding of the “footprint” we are leaving on our global environments, and of the ideas and practices of sustainable living;
- International students: developing ways to better support and build community within our international student populations, and build enlightening bridges between our international and domestic students;
- Global citizenship in thought and action: philosophical examination of the idea of global citizenship, and applied practice of those ideas and values through community service, political action, and social entrepreneurship.
As in the past, we favor proposals that are student centered, such as developing a research project, event, or publication in which students are featured contributors. Our aim is to impact a large and diverse population of our students rather than a few who are part of a select program. Building capacity means creating scalable programs, developing expertise among faculty in the classroom and those leading our programs, and building the campus “know how” to accomplish our goals.
The Global Council will review the proposals and forward its recommendations to Dr. Tsang for final selection.