At the beginning of every school year, all faculty, staff and administrators at West Valley College gather to share information, to update, and to motivate and enrich each others’ teaching. One of the sessions was titled “What is Global Citizenship and Why Should You Care?” That session was led by Dr. Anna Brichko (professor of French in and Chair of the World Languages Department), Vicky Kalivitis, (teaches English), Leigh Burrill (teaches English and Women and Gender Studies), and Karina Dundurs (teaches Business Management). All are members of the WVC Global Citizenship Committee and all are Fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Education for Global Citizenship: What, Why, and How.
The session focused on exploring four fundamental questions:
- What does Global Citizenship Mean to You?
- How do you incorporate Global Citizenship into your curriculum?
- What are the benefits, for you and your students, in incorporating Global Citizenship?
Participants in the session shared an animated and substantial conversation, which, they said, they would take back to their classrooms.
These are some of the topics discussed:
|What Does Global Citizenship Mean to You?||How Do You Incorporate Global Citizenship into Your Curriculum?|
|· Awareness of global issues
· Determine similarities
· Citizenship of the world
· Human Rights (trafficking)
|· Student experiences
· Projects around art
o China Warrior Project (can choice their own)
o Guerrilla art project
· Causes, environment
· Conversations/cultural exchanges
· Community needs project
· Research another country and present results
· Controversial issues discussions
· Cultural artifacts important to student and their family
· Culturalism as it relates to heritage