Application deadline extended to Friday March 26, 2021
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.
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?
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.
You must be available to present on the day of the Symposium, Thursday, May 6, 2021, to qualify.
Projects that Qualify for Submission
Submitted Projects must be related to Global Citizenship physically, literally and/or
Any Class Project that relates to Global Citizenship from Spring semester 2020 through
Spring semester 2021.
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.
Projects can be of any type including but not limited to research papers, speeches,
films, artwork, dance, theater, essays, computer design, etc.
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?
Yes. Students can enter their work individually or as part of a group that worked
together on a project.
No. We invite submissions of any original student work that is connected to global
citizenship and derives from an SMC course or under the supervision of a faculty member.
This could be a project that investigates a specific global issue, or it could be
a celebration or critical reflection on what it means to be a citizen of planet Earth.
The presented work can take any number of forms, including written prose or poetry,
works of art, live speeches and performances, film, and poster and multimedia presentations.
No. We have chosen an annual theme since 2009-10 in order to provide the college community
with a more focused set of issues that might facilitate interdisciplinary discussion
better than the abstract idea of global citizenship itself. This year’s theme is Human Rights and we certainly would welcome entries that relate to the theme and its attention
to local and global inequalities. However, it is not required that work entered be
related to this year's theme and anything of relevance to some aspect of global citizenship
Once you submit your application and project, you will receive an email confirmation
of receipt. After the application process is closed, a panel of faculty judges will
review the projects. You will be notified via email if you are a finalist and given
instructions about presenting/showcasing your project.
If you are selected as a winner, you must attend the symposium scheduled for Thursday,
May 6, 2021 from 3-7 pm (tentative time frame). The main purpose of this event is
to provide students with a forum for sharing their work with the larger college community.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.
More than just displaying their paper, film, dance, speech, sculpture, etc., this
event invites students to discuss their work, along with ideas and motivations that
lie behind it, with an audience of fellow students and teachers from a variety of
the college's departments and programs. It is a relatively rare opportunity for artists
to share their work with non-artists, scientists with non-scientists, and so on, as
part of an interdisciplinary conversation about global citizenship.