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.

Global Citizenship, as defined by Santa Monica College. Adopted in 2008.

Global Citizenship Programs Flyer 

​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 13-17, 2017. At the end of May, the Student Research Symposium features work students have completed for any of their classes, in any subject, that illustrates ideas of global citizenship.

Annual Themes

The annual Global Citizenship theme for 2017–18 is The Promise and Peril of a Global Community​. 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.

​Upcoming Events & Programs

International Education WeekNovember 2018 November 12-16, 2018 -more details to be announced
Study Abroad​South Africa
Winter 2019
Visit the Study Abroad website for more information.
Research SymposiumSpring 2018May 3, 2018 HSS 165 3-8 pm


If you are interested in learning more about Global Citizenship at Santa Monica College, or have suggestions for the initiative, please contact the Global Council Chair Alexandra Tower at tower_alexandra@smc.edu.​ 

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Global Council

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 2017-2018​ academic year, the Global Council consists of the following faculty and administrators:

  • Chair, Alexandra Tower 
  • Vice Chair, Denise Kinsella


  • Nancy Grass
  • Catherine Wei​​r
  • Pete Morris
  • ​Delphine Broccard
  • Jamar London​​
  • Carol Davis
  • Sharon Allie​


Time: First and third Thursday of every month, from 12:45 to 2:05 pm

Agendas and minutes from Global Council meetings.

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