2020 Global Citizenship Alliance Seminar for Employees
Colleges and universities are vital institutions for addressing political, social and economic concerns, be they at the local, national or global level. While embedded in their communities, they contribute substantially to a nation's competitiveness and operate within an increasingly international environment that links people and institutions together across borders. Colleges and universities are arguably the most resilient and most reliable institutions for not only advancing modernization and prosperity but also for ensuring the foundation and continuance of civil society. As such, they are gateways into the future and are in our own hands.
The goal of the seminar is to transform colleges and universities into "sites of global citizenship" where all activities – from student to faculty learning, teaching and research, institutional policies, structures and infrastructures – are oriented towards preparing graduates to be responsible global citizens. This seminar for employees examines a diverse set of substantive topics, explores strategies for institutional change, and creates a framework for participating institutional teams to design global education initiatives and implementation plans specific to their own institutions. The seminar will strive to address:
- An understanding of the nature of globalization, including its positive and negative impacts around the world, and realize how it is transforming modern society.
- Appreciation for the diversity of humanity in all its manifestations, local to global, and interact with different groups of people seeking to address common concerns.
- Recognition of the critical global challenges that are compromising humanity's future and explore how their complexity and interconnections make creation or discovery of solutions increasingly difficult.
- How to forge collaboration with different sets of stakeholders, by thinking globally while acting locally, to resolve these critical challenges and build a more equitable and stable world.
The session format includes lectures and discussions with an international faculty as well as formal and informal work in small groups. Topics addressed in plenary lectures and discussions include globalization and global responsibility; the social, economic, and political effects of migration; the holocaust and its historical legacy, human rights; and the implications of the United States' influence around the world and other engaging and timely matters.
Participants will consider how these issues relate to their current situations and future personal, educational and professional plans. They will also have the opportunity to develop projects and activities related to the session topic that can be implemented at their colleges and universities, in their local communities, and beyond.
This year's location for the seminar with be the Schlosshotel Mondsee Hotel in the middle of Austria not far from Salzburg. It is the oldest Benedictine monastery in Austria and was built in 748 a.c. In former times it was one of the spiritual centers of Europe. The monks collected precious artifacts, were well educated and offered quarters for travelers. In 1810, the monastery became a castle: Napoleon gave it to the earl Wrede. The mundane life moved into the ancient walls and the people in it traded goods, celebrated big parties and enjoyed the beautiful surrounding. All these things stayed the same and are even more present nowadays. Today the facility hosts various meetings and event rooms. Visitors and customers can use the historical spirit for motivating and creative teaching, learning and enjoying the environment.
For the 2020 session sponsored by Dallas College, employees must meet these requirements and commitments:
- To be considered applicants must be full-time Dallas College employees and a U.S. citizen, possessing a valid U.S. passport with at least six months validity beyond July 3, 2020.
- Applicants must be able to convey to the college selection committee why they are interested in participating in the GCA seminar and their thoughts on how the experience will be of benefit in their respective roles at the campus and/or Dallas College.
- Participants selected must actively participate in the GCA orientation and trip preparation sessions scheduled prior to the trip and the debrief sessions following.
- Participants selected must be cognizant of the fact that they are representing Dallas College and their individual campuses in their actions, conduct and full commitment to bring lessons learned back for consideration collegewide globalization efforts.
- Selectees must be willing to actively participate in the GCA alumni/fellows' group to further Dallas College's globalization efforts across the campuses and communities we serve.
Selection Process and Deadline
Campus selection committees are strongly encouraged to consider selecting employee representatives from a varied background representing both liberal arts, and career and technical education. A background in global/international is not required, and in fact, recruiting participation of representatives that have not necessarily had global competence opportunities is strongly encouraged to broaden the college's global competency.
The planning committee strongly suggests that applicants provide a written essay application as to why they are interested in the opportunity, and their thoughts on ways they would potentially be able and willing to utilize what they learn to benefit the college, students and community. The recommended delegates from each campus are due to the Global Economic Development office by March 6, 2020.
The individual campus will be expected to cover the costs of their participants which are expected to be approximately $5,000 - $5,500 per person.
The Global Economic Development and GCA planning team will work with the campuses and selected participants to organize two mandatory orientation and planning session(s), the first being in mid-April. Although individual travel arrangements will be the responsibility of each campus for their participants, logistical information and recommendations will be provided by the planning team.