GCC Looks Back at Spring 2013

The mission of the West Valley College Global Citizenship Committee is to facilitate a campus-wide commitment to the principles of global studies through curriculum innovation, engaging co-curricular activities, and purposeful professional development.  The GCC founded the WVC Global Citizenship Center in January 2007. The Global Citizenship Center is housed in the WVC Campus Center. It serves as a meeting venue for internal and external campus groups, and is the “home base” for the Global Citizenship Committee and the Global Citizenship Student Club.

With the leadership of the Global Citizenship Committee, the Global Citizenship Center promotes awareness of cultural and global issues by functioning as a resource where students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the surrounding community find information and participate in diverse activities. Together, the Committee and the Center help to implement the Student Equity Plan, to address issues of recruitment, retention, persistence and success, and to facilitate needed conversations about diversity within the United States; and they support the processes by which students and all of us learn about interdependence in our world and prepare for successful integration into multiple societies.

During spring 2013 semester, the Global Citizenship Committee continued to work arduously in leading and collaborating in order to plan and deliver events and co-curricular activities that foster personal and civic responsibility, as well as intellectual, aesthetic, and personal development.

  • GCC worked closely with the Director of Student Activities and Campus Center on various projects.
  • GCC worked closely with the Director of the SB70 Global Entrepreneurship Grant in order to highlight the role of entrepreneurship across cultures.
  • GCC worked to establish a “pipeline” focused on global studies; this pipeline aims to support students through graduation from WVC and transfer to San Jose State University.
  • GCC worked with WVC and SJSU faculty leading a “Give Students a Compass Global Citizenship Learning Community” aimed at training faculty in global studies pedagogy; the ultimate aim is to have faculty enact global studies principles and high impact educational practices in their college classrooms, particularly for traditionally under-served students.
  • GCC worked with the WVC Counseling Department in order to update the course requirements for students who want to complete an emphasis in  Global Studies. Once those requirements are met, graduating students’ diplomas are stamped with “Cultural and Global Studies Emphasis.”
  • GCC worked with Student Development staff members and the Director of Student Activities and Campus Center to maintain the passive educational learning space in the Global Citizenship Center; displays focused on the global impact of AIDS, women and human trafficking, Latin America, African Americans, and included a photo exhibit on Cuba.
  • GCC faculty members and fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar worked with San Jose State University and Leigh High School faculty and students in a “Mini-Salzburg Project” that allows students at Leigh High School and WVC to work with Salzburg Global Seminar fellows at SJSU; students learn about global citizenship and plan and deliver a conference modeled after the Salzburg Global Seminar for undergraduate students.
  • GCC worked with WVC and Leigh High School faculty and students in organizing and delivering a student conference on “The Global Impact of Technology.”
  • GCC secured funds to purchase stoles, and established the Conferring of Global Citizenship Stoles to graduating students who meet the course requirements for a “Cultural and Global Studies Emphasis” or complete consistent and long-term engagement in Global Citizenship events.
  • GCC worked to identify funds to help cover the cost of sending two WVC faculty members to the “Global Citizenship Program for Faculty and Administrators” at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.
  • GCC worked to identify funds to send one faculty member to the AAC&U “General Education and Assessment: A Sea Change in Student Learning” conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • GCC created a website to house all information pertinent to the Global Citizenship Committee and Global Citizenship Center; this website includes a blog.
  • GCC worked to enrich the WVC community by leading efforts and also collaborating with other committees in organizing and presenting a variety of engaging co-curricular activities:
    • In collaboration with Women’s Studies: Student Panel Presenting their Research on “The ‘F-Word’: Feminism Around the World.”
    • In collaboration with the WVC Sustainability Committee: Earth Day Climate Change Symposium (included many guest speakers, among them Bay Area narrative painter, Chester Arnold).
    • Panel of scholars and Egyptian students speaking about Arab Spring and subsequent developments in Egypt “What’s Happening in Egypt?“.
    • Screening of feature documentary film Miss Representation followed by presentation and conversation with writer, director and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
    • Screening of Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology followed by presentation and conversation with director and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.
    • In collaboration with the Director of Student Activities and Campus Center, and as part of Women’s History Month: discussion panel and screening of The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women.
    • GCC faculty member led presentation: “Understanding Global Citizenship in Business.”
    • Class visits and conversation with Cuban novelist Cristina Garcia.
    • “WVC Community Read” on Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban.
    • Panel discussion with Cristina Garcia.
    • GCC member led Persian New Year Celebration.
    • GCC members Flex Day presentation on faculty development and study travel opportunities abroad.
    • Second Annual WVC Global Citizenship Conference: “The 21st Century Educational Institution: Global Citizenship, Civic Engagement, and Student Success.”
    • GCC faculty member advised the Global Student Club.
    • The Global Student Club presented “Global Visions of Beauty.”
    • The Global Student Club presented an open microphone evening of legends from around the world.
    • The Global Student Club presented the screening of a feature film titled Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
    • The Global Student Club presented the screening of a feature film titled The Intouchables.
Spring 2013 Event Name Attendance
Novelist Cristina Garcia Speaks about her Work and Latino/a Literature and Culture, Community Read on Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban 150
Flex Day presentation on faculty development and study travel opportunities abroad 45
“What’s Happening in Egypt?” Panel of Scholars and Egyptian Students Discuss Arab Spring 250
“Understanding Global Citizenship in Business” presentation 80
Screening of feature documentary Miss Representation followed by presentation and conversation with director Jennifer Siebel Newsome 90
Persian New Year Celebration 180
Discussion panel and screening of feature documentary film, The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women 74
Screening of Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology followed by presentation and conversation with director Tiffany Shlain 145
Mini-Salzburg Leadership Conference with WVC, San Jose State University and Leigh High School Students 25
Earth Day Climate Change Symposium 198
Second annual WVC global citizenship conference: “The 21st Century Educational Institution: Global Citizenship, Civic Engagement, and Student Success” 75
The “’F-Word’: Feminisms Around the World” Student Colloquium 160
Screening of feature film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, organized by Global Student Club 32
Screening of feature film, The Intouchables, organized by Global Student Club 38
Awarding of Graduation Stoles to Graduating Students Meeting Requirements of Emphasis in Global Studies 12
GC Pipeline Project with SJSU and Leigh High School 30
16 Events 1,584 participants attended

This entry is posted by Dr. Dulce Maria Gray.

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