WVC GC Committee Reviews Academic Year 2014-2015

WVC President Brad Davis, VP of Instruction Kuni Hay, VP of Student Services Dr. Victoria Hindes, Chair of World Languages Dr. Anna Brichko, Department Chair of Administration of Justice Renee Paquier, Professor of English Dr. Dulce Maria Gray and graduating students on graduation day, Thursday 21 May 2015, at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga. (Photo by Scott Ludwig)

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 goals of the 2015 Student Equity Plan and the work done by the office of the WVC Director of Student Equity and Diversity, by creating opportunities for all to address issues of recruitment, retention, persistence and success, and to facilitate needed conversations about diversity within the United States. Most importantly, the Global Citizenship Center and Committee support the processes by which students and all of us learn about interdependence in our world and prepare for successful integration into multiple societies.

Graduation day 2015. (Photo by DMG)

Graduation day 2015. (Photo by DMG)

During academic year 2014-2015, 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 aimed 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 WVC Director of Student Equity and Diversity.
  • GCC continued to work 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 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 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 helping homeless students and on teaching about undocumented students.
  • GCC worked to identify funds to help cover the cost of sending three WVC faculty members and one administrator to attend the one week Global Citizenship Program, Education for Global Citizenship: What, Why, and How, for faculty and administrators at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria during July 2015.
  • GCC worked to identify funds to send two faculty members to attend the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization at the Center for the Study of Global Change in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in May 2015.
  • 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.
New signs for a re-lanscaped corner of the WVC campus.

New signs for a re-lanscaped corner of the WVC campus.

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:

  • In collaboration with the WVC Director of Student Equity and Diversity: “Courageous Conversations about How Global Issues, Race and Ethnicity Impact Student Equity,” a forum for faculty, staff and administrators.
  • In collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies Program: Third Annual WVC Global Gender Student Forum, “The ‘F-Word’: Global Feminist and Gender Revolution.”
  • In collaboration with the WVC Sustainability Committee: Third Annual two-day WVC Earth Stewardship Symposium.
  • In collaboration with Student Health Services: screening of the feature documentary Of Two Minds followed by conversation with co-director/writer/producer Lisa Klein.
  • In collaboration with the WVC Art Department: exhibition and talk by installation artist Taraneh Hemami.
  • In collaboration with the WVC Art Department: performance and lecture by Kat Parra, Latin world and Spanish Sephardic vocalist.
  • In collaboration with WVC’s Child Studies Program: screening of The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation, followed by panel discussion.
  • In collaboration with the WVC Library: screening of Project Censored: The Movie follow by conversation with co-directors Christopher Oscar and Doug Hecker.
  • In collaboration with the WVC Library: reading and book signing by WVC published authors Paulette Boudreaux, Kelly Cooper, Dulce Maria Gray, and Lenore Harris.
  • In collaboration with the WVC Global Student Club: Celebrating International Education Week/ “International Music Blast.”
  • In collaboration with the WVC Biology Department: screening of Jeff McLoghlin’s documentary film The Condor’s Shadow, followed by conversation with lead field biologist for the Condor Recovery Program and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Joseph Brandt.
  • GCC faculty member led the organizing and presentation of Persian New Year Celebration.
  • GCC faculty member advised the Global Student Club.

PersianNY

Fall 2014 Event Name            and    Attendance

Lecture by Dr. Hiroshi Motomura, scholar and professor of immigration and citizenship law, author of Immigration Outside the Law: the Meaning of Unlawful Presence, the Role of States and Cities, and the Integration of Immigrants. 15
Mike Mitchell talks about how he began the non-profit organization, Project Play Africa, and how he continues to use soccer balls as tools to help eliminate poverty and violence in Niger, West Africa. 22
Taraneh Hemami exhibits selected works and talks about how her conceptually driven art installations explore themes of displacement, preservation, and representation. 61
“Images of Hope” exhibition by photographer Karen Wallace followed by talk about how she uses her photos to raise funds for the WVC Student Assistance Emergency Fund. 120
Screening of the feature documentary Of Two Minds followed by conversation with co-director/writer/producer Lisa Klein. 85
Screening of feature documentary film Which Way Home followed by Skype conversation with Dr. Stephany Slaughter. 130
Exhibition and talk by installation artist Taraneh Hemami. 95
Book reading and signing with WVC published authors Paulette Boudreaux, Kelly Cooper, Dulce Maria Gray, and Lenore Harris.  40
Screening of Jeff McLoghlin’s documentary film The Condor’s Shadow, followed by conversation with lead field biologist for the Condor Recovery Program and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Joseph Brandt. 85
Spring 2015 Event Name

“Courageous Conversations about How Global Issues, Race and Ethnicity Impact Student Equity,” a forum for faculty, staff and administrators.

Attendance

68

Celebrating International Education Week: “International Music Blast” organized by the WVC Global Student Club. 75
GCC member organizes Persian New Year Celebration. 550
Screening of The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation, followed by panel discussion. 80
Fourth annual one day WVC Global Citizenship Conference “Courageous Conversations about How Global Issues, Race, and Ethnicity Impact Student Equity.”

Speakers included:

  • Jason De Leon, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Undocumented Migration Project.
  • Dr. Edward Paulino, Professor of Global History and History of Genocide and co-organizer of Border of Lights, an Activist and educational organization that commemorates the massacre of Haitians in 1937.
  • Dr. Pamela D. Walker, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the CA Community College Chancellor’s Office.
  • Dr. Denise F. Noldon, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Special Programs at the CA Community College Chancellor’s Office.
80
Screening of Project Censored: The Movie follow by conversation with co-directors Christopher Oscar and Doug Hecker. 90
Third annual two day WVC Earth Stewardship Symposium:

Screening of documentary films Flow and Divide in Concord.

Speakers included:

  • Dr. Naomi Oreskes
  • John Robbins
  • Watershed Sculpture artists Mary O’Brien and Daniel McCormick.

Institutional DVD copies of both films were donated to the WVC Library.

320
Third Annual WVC Global Gender Student Forum, “The ‘F-Word’: Global Feminist and Gender Revolution.” 160
Performance and lecture by Kat Parra, Latin world and Spanish Sephardic vocalist. 100
Awarding of Graduation Stoles to Graduating Students Meeting Requirements of Emphasis in Global Studies 8
Screening of Tattoo Nation: The True Story of the Ink Revolution followed by panel discussion. 95

Total number of events:  20

Total number of participants that attended:  2,279

Photo by Karen Wallace

Photo by Karen Wallace

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.

Raising

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. Informal gathering of feedback indicates that an increased number of WVC faculty are incorporating co-curricular activities into their courses. For example, The Earth Stewardship Symposium continue to garner great participation from the Math and Science Division. And, as participation in the Annual Persian New Year Celebration indicates, the surrounding community members are increasingly involved in GCC events.

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 2014 the WVC Global Citizenship Committee submitted a Program Review in an attempt to draw attention to 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 ended in mid 2014 and by a grant from the Office of the WVC President.

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

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