WVC GC Committee Reviews Academic Year 2013-2014

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Six of the seven students conferred with Global Citizenship stoles stand with the college president: (left to right) Mike Dundurs, Christa Dolce, Haleh Aboofazeli, President Bradley Davis, Evangeline Pabilona, Sonia Espejo, Michaela Rhine.

The mission of the West Valley College Global Citizenship Committee is to facilitate a campus-wide commitment through curriculum, activities, and professional development.  The GCC founded the WVC 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; most importantly, 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.

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Wyoming farmer and anti-fracking activist, John Fenton, signs autographs after screening and a talk about the feature documentary film “Gasland.”

During academic year 2013-2014, the Global Citizenship Committee continued to work arduously in three areas: curriculum, faculty professional development, and co-curricular events and activities. The GCC’s focus on these three areas aim to foster infusion of global citizenship principles and practices across the curriculum, to create opportunities for all faculty to learn about and practice global citizenship precepts inside and outside their classrooms, and to promote civic responsibility, as well as intellectual, aesthetic, and personal development for students, the surrounding college community, faculty, staff and administrators in the WVM Community College District.

  • GCC worked closely with the Director of Student Activities and Campus Center.
  • 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; that 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 “Global Citizenship Learning Community” aimed at training faculty in global studies pedagogy; the ultimate aim is to have faculty enact global studies principles in their college classrooms.
  • GCC worked with the WVC Counseling department in order to update the course requirements for students who want to earn a Global Studies emphasis. 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 human trafficking, and environmental issues in Latin America.
  • During the fall and spring semesters, 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.
  • During fall semester, GCC worked with WVC and Leigh High School faculty and students in organizing and delivering a student conference.
  • GCC continued to confer 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 three WVC faculty members to attend the one week Global Citizenship Program for faculty and administrators at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria during summer 2014.
  • GCC worked to identify funds to send one faculty member to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) “Global Learning in College: Asking Big Questions, Engaging Urgent Challenges” conference in Providence, Rhode Island.
  • GCC continues to maintain a dedicated website that houses all information pertinent to the Global Citizenship Committee and Global Citizenship Center; this website includes a blog.
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Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich Skypes after the screening of his documentary feature film “Inequality for All.”

In addition to the endeavors listed above, and the activities conceptualized, planned and delivered as listed below, the GCC also worked to enrich the WVC community by collaborating with other committees in organizing and presenting a variety of activities: o   In collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies Program: Second annual WVC Global Gender Student Forum, “The ‘F-Word’: Global Feminist and Gender Revolution.” o   In collaboration with the WVC Sustainability Committee: second annual one day WVC Global Climate Change Symposium. o   In collaboration with the WVC Library: Screening of feature documentary film White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America followed by conversation and book signing with author and activist Tim Wise. o   In collaboration with the office of the Dean of Student Services and Campus Center: Dr. Avantika Rohatgi lectures on women’s character and courage at the annual WVC Women’s History Month Tea. o   GCC faculty member led the organizing and presentation of Persian New Year Celebration. o   GCC faculty member advised the Global Student Club.

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Students listen as artist Lauren DiCioccio talks about her work during the second annual WVC Climate Change Symposium.

Fall 2013 Event Name Attendance
Community Read: novelist Cristina Garcia Skypes with faculty and students about her latest novel, King of Cuba. 15
Dr. Paul Koudounaris lectures on his latest book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints in the Catacombs. 50
Screening of feature documentary film Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America followed by conversation with co-producer and co-director Eduardo Lopez.A DVD copy of the film was donated to the WVC library. 100
GCC member participates in planning and delivering of screening of feature documentary film Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype followed by panel discussion. 80
Screening of feature documentary film White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America followed by conversation and book signing with author and activist Tim Wise.An institutional DVD copy of the film was donated to the WVC library. 130
Spring 2014 Event Name
Dr. Hedwig Rose lectures on her experiences as a hidden Jewish child in Amsterdam during WW II, “Living the Life of Anne Frank: A Childhood in Hiding.” 85
GCC member participates in planning and delivering Dr. Avantika Rohatgi’s lecture on women’s character and courage at the annual WVC Women’s History Month Tea. 45
Screening of feature documentary film Inequality for All followed by Skype conversation with former Robert Reich.An institutional DVD copy of the film was donated to the WVC library. 110
GCC member organizes Persian New Year Celebration. 500
Screening of feature documentary film Stable Life followed by conversation with filmmaker Tricia Creason-Valencia.An institutional DVD copy of the film was donated to the WVC library. 80
Third one day WVC Global Citizenship Conference “Confronting Urgent Issues: Globalization, Community Colleges, Immigration” (speakers: Drs. Shannon Marie Gleeson,Jochen Fried, Roy Germano and screening of his feature documentary film The Other Side of Immigration).An institutional DVD copy of the film was donated to the WVC Library. 80
Fourth semester of the “Mini-Salzburg” Leadership Conference with WVC, San Jose State University and Leigh High School Students. 240
Second annual one day WVC Global Climate Change Symposium (film Gasland, artist Lauren DiCioccio, executive director of Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium Dr. Andy Gunther, family physician Dr. Daphne Miller, reps from WVC Vasona Creek Restoration Project).An institutional DVD copy of the film was donated to the WVC Library. 500
In collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies Program, Second annual WVC Global Gender Student Forum, “The ‘F-Word’: Global Feminist and Gender Revolution.” 160
Global Imagination one day interactive celebration of cultures 100
Awarding of Graduation Stoles to Graduating Students Meeting Requirements of Emphasis in Global Studies 7
17 Events 2,282 participants attended
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Dr. Shannon Gleeson addresses participants during the third annual WVC Global Citizenship conference.

Sustained and frequent co-curricular activities organized and supported by the Global Citizenship Center help directly in meeting the Global Awareness and Diversity institutional learning outcome, as well as the personal responsibility, effective communication, social responsibility and critical thinking outcomes. The student will be able to:

  1. Explain the sensitivity and skills needed to live and work in diverse local and global communities.
  2. Explain how one or more of the following affects life experiences and social responsibilities: ability, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and other markers of social identity.
  3. Explain how actions in one place affect other cultures and people in other areas of the world.

The GC Center’s programmed activities expose students to cultures and issues in and out of their immediate communities and engage them in the process of understanding their interconnectedness with, and thus responsibility to the world at large. Students’ increased awareness of and investment in global concerns help to broaden their individual sense of personal and social responsibility, and need for civic commitment. The GC Committee’s work in curriculum and faculty development contribute directly to students’ retention, persistence, and success.

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Dr. Dulce Maria Gray stands with Dr. Avantika Rohatgi and her son, Pranav Kachhwaha, after Dr. Rohatgi delivers a lecture celebrating National Women’s History Month.

All of GC outcomes are rooted in being responsive to the students, faculty, administrators, curricula and community members’ needs. In order to further improve the outcomes, the GC Committee aims to focus efforts on identifying reliable and consistent funding, on infusing GC precepts across the curriculum, on strengthening the Global Studies emphasis, developing a certificate and eventually a transfer degree in Global Studies, developing faculty’s expertise in global citizenship across disciplines, and broadening campus wide investment in GC. Members of the GC Committee record the number of people who attend activities and events planned through the Global Citizenship Center. Reflection essays have been submitted by almost 600 students in the various classes involved in the COMPASS Learning Community during the 2013-2014 academic year. Those essays clearly indicate that learning about global citizenship, and having faculty members consciously, and deliberately, include global citizenship-centered high impact practices, is engaging and motivating for students. Informal analyses indicate that there are increased rates of retention and success in courses taught by faculty members who participated in the COMPASS Learning Community. Informal gathering of feedback indicates that an increased number of WVC faculty are incorporating co-curricular activities into their courses. For example, The Global Climate Change Symposium garnered great participation from the Math and Science Division.

The GC Committee has actively sought input and partnership with faculty from varied disciplines and divisions. These collaborations, as noted above in the list of activites, have been welcomed and have been very productive. Other than having a dedicated space in the Campus Center, the WVC Global Citizenship Center is not a formalized program. As the driving force for all global citizenship curricular and co-curricular endeavors, during 2013 the WVC Global Citizenship Committee submitted a Program Review in an attempt to draw attention for the great need to maintain and expand the work of global citizenship. To date, there are no consistent dedicated funds for Global Citizenship. Most of the work accomplished since 2010 has been underwritten by state grants that end now in mid 2014; the strides made in those three years are threatened by a complete lack of funds beginning in fall 2014. The greatest need for Global Citizenship is a consistent and reliable yearly budget. A dedicated yearly budget would allow for developing a very robust program of curricular and co-curricular activities, as well as for training opportunities for faculty, administrators and support staff.

This entry was composed by Dr. Dulce Maria Gray with feedback from the members of the WVC Global Citizenship Committee.

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