Back in 1976 in an essay titled “An Attainable Global Perspective” Robert G. Hanvey, the “father” of modern global education, noted that there are five major components of a global education. For the third consecutive year, the WVC Global Citizenship Committee has aimed to help faculty and administrators to consider and apply those “attainable global perspectives” by organizing and delivering the Global Citizenship Conference. This year, the focus of the conference was “Confronting Urgent Issues” that result from globalization, among them the state of immigration policies and how it affects students in community colleges particularly in California.
Guest speakers included Dr. Jochen Fried, who as Director of Education at the Salzburg Global Seminar is responsible for developing and maintaining programs that highlight the pivotal role of education in building resilient and equitable societies. He also provides conceptual and strategic direction for SGS’s Global Citizenship Program and the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. Prior to Dr. Fried’s presentation, many participants were provided with SGS’s comprehensive collection of essays titled Creating Sites of Global Citizenship: The Mellon Fellow Community Initiative. The slides for his presentation are below:
Dr. Shannon Marie Gleeson, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at University of California Santa Cruz (though beginning in fall 2014 she will be at Cornell University), whose research and publications focus on social stratification, labor, law and society, civic engagement, and immigration, spoke about her research on undocumented students in the San Francisco Bay area and their impact on higher education. Her most recently published book is titled Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston (Cornell University Press 2012). Dr. Gleeson discusses this book in an interview that can be heard here. Prior to the conference, many participants read Dr. Gleeson and Dr. Roberto G. Gonzales’ article, “When Do Papers Matter? An Institutional Analysis of Undocumented Life in the United States” (International Migration August 2012:50.4, 1-19). Dr. Gleeson commented on this article:
This article assesses how two key institutions differentially shape immigrants’ relation- ship to their rights in American society. We draw on over 200 in-depth interviews to argue that there is a stark difference between how schools encourage undocumented youth to view themselves as equal members of US society and how undocumented work- ers are marginalized in the workplace. We find that even as schools track and stratify students, they also foster a culture of meritocracy between documented and undocu- mented youth. Schools ultimately render immigration status irrelevant as undocumented youth learn to navigate the primary institution of this stage of their lives. Conversely, immigration status is central to the experience of undocumented workers, who develop a particular set of survival skills that help them live and work successfully in the United States without being detected while also erecting a barrier between themselves and any additional rights they may be afforded.
Dr. Roy Germano, a social scientist and nonfiction filmmaker who holds the Woodward Chair in Public Policy at Sarah Lawrence College, and produces and hosts a documentary series for VICE News called “Immigrant America,” Skyped with participants after the screening of his film, The Other Side of Immigration. This film considers the political, economic and social causes that prompt Mexicans to leave their homes and families and emigrate to the United States oftentimes as undocumented entrants. His forthcoming book is titled Analytic Filmmaking: A New Approach to Research and Publication in the Social Sciences.
Break-out session #1, “Global Citizenship ‘Pipeline’ Project: Path to Success from High School to University,” was led by Dr. Anna Brichko and Vicky Kalivitis, faculty members at WVC, Rebecca Soret, a teacher at Leigh High School, and Ken Hawthorn, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and graduate student at San Jose State University. This session focused on the collaborative project started two years prior by WVC Global Citizenship Committee members in an attempt to create a global citizenship focused pathway for high school students to follow from high school, through community college and ultimately university graduation.
Break-out session #2, “Global Citizenship ‘Pipeline’ Collaboration: SJSU Global Certificate,” was led by Dr. Stephen E. Branz, the Associate Dean of Curriculum and the Director of General Education at SJSU, and Dr. Kathryn Davis, the Director of Global Studies and an Associate Professor of Geography in the College of Social Sciences at SJSU. This session focused on the collaborative project started a year prior by WVC Global Citizenship Committee members in an attempt to create a pathway for WVC students to earn credit for three of the required five courses that would allow them to earn a Global Studies Certificate when they transfer to San Jose State University.
As Dr. Fried reminded all participants: “At the heart of global citizenship education are ethical questions concerning the values and norms we have to observe in an interconnected world such as values of justice and compassion, of civility, respect and recognition.” Those are words understood as a charge for action by the 80 faculty, administrators, staff and student participants in this conference.
This entry composed by Dr. Dulce María Gray.