Being a Global Citizen

Overview

Being a global citizen can mean many things, but at the heart of it all is being able to engage meaningfully and effectively with diverse people, places, events, challenges, and opportunities.

For the purposes of the Global Citizens Project, USF has identified three primary qualities possessed by a global citizen based on the research of Hans Schattle in his book, The Practices of Global Citizenship (2008):

  • Global Awareness
    EXPLORE your role in the world.  Prepare to change your world!
  • Global Responsibility
    CONNECT with diverse people, places, and issues.  Live beyond your borders!
  • Global Participation
    PARTICIPATE to make a difference locally and globally. Do something that matters!

gcp outcomes

The following behavioral indicators can be used by students, faculty, and staff to assess the degree to which students are achieving Global Citizens Project objectives:

Self-Awareness

  • define personal values and beliefs
  • explore how one's worldview is shaped by personal values, identity, cultural rules, and biases
  • evaluate congruency between values and actions
  • recognize differences in people's values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors
  • recognize common human experiences

Willingness

  • participate in community service that strengthens communities and improves lives
  • participate in research that strengthens communities and improves lives
  • participate in a study abroad program that strengthens communities and improves lives

Practice

  • evaluate the impact of individual choices on local and global communities
  • actively communicate to prevent or resolve conflict
  • use appropriate language and communication methods that consider others' points of view and respect differences
  • develop relationships with others from different cultural backgrounds

Knowledge

  • identify and describe major global issues
  • describe multiple dimensions of global/cultural systems
  • recognize that cultural systems experience historical and geopolitical processes differently
  • recognize that global issues and systems are experienced differently at local scales

Analysis

  • analyze cultures as complex systems shaped by relations of power and interdependence
  • analyze global issues and challenges, their histories, and impacts
  • compare and contrast the impact of historical and geopolitical processes on cultural systems
  • compare and contrast how global issues and systems are experienced at different scales

Synthesis

  • synthesize different types and sources of information to assess global/cultural issues or situations
  • incorporate multiple perspectives into decision making when addressing global/cultural issues or situations
  • assess local and/or global impacts of planned actions when addressing global/cultural issues or situations
  • weigh options/planned actions and/or formulate possible solutions when addressing global/cultural issues or situations
  • communicate ideas and information to diverse audiences