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SMC|Global Citizenship

Welcome to Global Citizenship at Santa Monica College!

globalsmc.jpg 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.

-- Santa Monica College definition of Global Citizenship, adopted 2008


About the Initiative

Launched in 2007, the Global Citizenship initiative at Santa Monica College develops and promotes activities that prepare students for the 21st Century. Such preparation includes awareness of the social, cultural, and environmental transformations taking place in our world of unprecedented global interconnection; attitudes of tolerance and respect for diversity and of anticipation and adaption toward global change; skillful command of the technologies that revolutionize the way we obtain information and interact with each other; and a commitment to act as responsible global citizens through political engagement, entrepreneurship, and community service.
 
Two major events highlight the Global Citizenship calendar each year. In November, International Education Week presents a series of lectures, films, and a midday fair that celebrate our global connections; the dates for this year's IEW are November 17–21, 2014. At the end of May, the Student Research Symposium and Tournament features work students have completed for any of their classes, in any subject, that illustrates ideas of global citizenship. A complete Global Citizenship Calendar of Events is available at Google.
 

Annual Themes

The annual Global Citizenship theme for 2013–15 is Peace and Security. As with preceding years' themes, the goal is to help students and faculty connect their work, across disciplinary boundaries and inside and outside the classroom, by offering a tangible set of issues that illustrate the more abstract ideas of globalism and citizenship.

You can find, and help contribute to, evolving bibliographies for each of our themes at our Goodreads site​, where you can contribute your own suggestions. If you have an SMC e-mail address, you can also join our Global Citizenship Goodreads group​, and participate in online discussion about the themes, global citizenship, and related readings.

Santa Monica College invites students, staff, and faculty to vote online to choose our annual Global Citizenship theme for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Each faculty, staff, and student may only vote once.  Please vote for only one of the 5 listed themes available for voting.

Like its predecessors, our sixth annual Global Citizenship theme is presented as an open invitation to the campus, to be incorporated into various classes, events, and extracurricular activities throughout the year. Students, faculty, staff, and friends of the college are invited to interpret and explore the theme as a means of thinking and acting as global citizens. The 5 Global Citizenship themes available for voting on were pared down based off the result of suggestions sent to the Global Council earlier this semester.

Voting is open from now through December 5 at 11:59 pm.  The Global Council will announce to the campus community the results of the vote in mid-December.

Vote at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1900270/Global-Citizenship-Annual-Theme-Vote

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Global Citizenship at Santa Monica College, or have suggestions for the initiative, please contact the co-chairs of the Global Council, Earth Science professor Eric Minzenberg and Counselor Jose Cue.​ In addition to this website, you can keep track of SMC Global Citizenship on Goodreads​, TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr—all under the "GlobalSMC" name.​
 
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The Global Council is a standing joint committee of the college's Academic Senate. Per its official scope and functions, in addition to generally promoting and guiding the development of global citizenship at SMC, the council:
  • Actively seeks guidance and assistance from SMC students and staff in developing and promoting programs and activities that foster global citizenship;
  • Solicits and reviews applications for Global Citizenship mini-grants and Global Citizenship professional development trips;
  • Recommends Global Citizenship Study Abroad programs and faculty to Academic Affairs and International Education, and advises on the future development of Study Abroad at SMC;
  • Selects the annual Global Citizenship theme through campus-wide vote or other procedures deemed appropriate by the committee;
  • Organizes the annual Global Citizenship student symposium and tournament;
  • Develops and maintains an online presence for SMC Global Citizenship (e.g., website, blogs, social media);
  • Develops and administers Global Citizenship recognition awards, such as a proposed Global Leadership designation for students;
  • Helps develop and support experiences and activities that promote and investigate ideas and values of global citizenship;
  • Helps develop and support programs for SMC’s international students, especially those that integrate their experiences with the domestic student population; and
  • Promotes the infusion of global citizenship throughout the curriculum​.
During the 2014-15 academic year, the Global Council consists of the following faculty and administrators:
 
Eric Minzenberg, Co-Chair
Jose Cue, Co-Chair
​Kelley Brayton, Vice Chair
Wendi Brown
Gordon Dossett
Nancy Grass Hemmert
Lizbeth Koenig
Bonita Cooper
Toni Trives
Catherine Weir
 
The Global Council meets on the first Thursday of every month, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

 

View agendas and minutes from past and upcoming Global Council meetings.

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