Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship Symposium


Global Citizenship Symposium Spring 2021

Application deadline extended to Friday March 26, 2021

Nosotros Nos Defendemos
Artwork by Emiliano Magon

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 Human Rights. 

For the twelfth 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: Human Rights.

All SMC students are invited to submit their course work from Spring 2020 through Spring 2021 that best exemplifies Global Citizenship and the theme of Human Rights for campus-wide recognition and cash prizes.

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Application Deadline:  Friday March 26, 2021, by noon, 12 p.m.

Applicants who are selected as finalists will be invited to present their project on May 6 at the Symposium ceremony. This means that if you submit an application, you must be available to attend the symposium ceremony from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (approximate time frame) on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

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 2020-2021 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 2021. 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 2020-2021 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 6, 2021, to qualify.

Projects that Qualify for Submission

  1. Submitted Projects must be related to Global Citizenship physically, literally and/or figuratively.
  2. Any Class Project that relates to Global Citizenship from Spring semester 2020 through Spring semester 2021.
  3. Any non-class assigned Project that relates to Global Citizenship that was completed for the competition while enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year while under the guidance of an SMC instructor.
  4. Projects can be of any type including but not limited to research papers, speeches, films, artwork, dance, theater, essays, computer design, etc.
  5. Questions to consider in developing your project: What does global citizenship look like in your major? How does your project address/relate to the theme: Human Rights? In what way does your project empower people to impact that problem for the better?