Student Symposium


SMC Global Citizenship Symposium Spring 2020

Details to be announced in Fall 2020

Digital Graphic Design by Amanda Borrella

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 camput-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. More information about the Areas of Interest.

The application 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

Tuesday March 24, 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.

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.

Global Citizenship Committee, 2018

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?