What in the World is a Global Citizen (USF GCP)

What in the World is a Global Citizen (USF GCP)


What in the world is a global citizen?
Goal number one of USF’s strategic plan is to prepare well educated and highly
skilled global citizens. But what does that mean. Well, the purpose of this video
is to share some more information about how you can explore, connect, and
participate as a global citizen through the Global Citizen Award here at USF.
Before we begin take a moment to reflect and think about what it means to be a
global citizen to you. What are some words or phrases that come to mind? Let’s unpack this term a little bit. From our perspective the Global Citizen Award is
not just about checking off boxes saying that you have become a global citizen.
Rather, the award exposes you to opportunities that enable you to live
your life in a way that matters in the bigger world. Global citizens engage
meaningfully with diverse people, places, events, challenges, and opportunities. You
can be a leader in tackling some of the greatest challenges our planet has ever
faced. So, how can we help you learn to live your life in a way that matters now
and in the future. Now, imagine you just won the lottery. What would you do first? Take a trip to a new place? Plan a party for the community? Or donate to a charity? You decide. There are several ways to engage as a global citizen. We like to think of some of those ways as exploring, connecting, and
participating. If you chose take a trip to a new place,
then you are an explorer. If you chose plan a community event, then
you are a connector. If you chose donate to a charity, then you are a participant. Now some of our student leaders will give examples of how they explored, connected, and participated as a global citizen through their opportunities with the Global Citizen Award. Hi! I’m Adam Matern
and I’m a junior chemical engineering major. I earned the Global Citizen Award
by taking advantage of community service and study abroad opportunities at USF. I
also received the GCP Study Abroad Scholarship and I have been helping the
Global Citizens Project as a student leader. As someone who explores, you are
someone who enjoys going out into the world around you to seek new experiences. At USF you are able to achieve this by embracing diversity and attending new and exciting events on campus. During my first year at
USF, I wanted to learn more about my school. I went to events like Stampede of
Service and iFest to expand my worldview without even leaving campus.
These events helped me to complete my Global Citizen Award. I was also an
explorer during my study abroad with the USF in London program. After the program
I decided to take advantage of Europe and travel by train from city to city.
This really helped me to learn about new cultures firsthand and explore the world
around me. Hello, I am Riley Wagner and I am a
junior studying biomedical sciences. I have been pursuing the Global Citizen
Award through involvement in a study abroad program and in foreign language
coursework. I was given the opportunity to use the Global Citizens Project
scholarship to study in Vietnam and have now been serving as a GCP student leader. As someone who you connects you are most passionate about the human aspect of global citizenship. Aconnector seeks
diverse relationships and desires a deeper understanding about the cultures
and perspectives that differ from their own. There are so many opportunities
right here at USF or abroad for you to connect with people from all different
backgrounds and walks of life. Part of my program in Vietnam involved each of us
being partnered with a local student as a roommate, guide, and later friend. Even
coming from opposite sides of the world we all had so many shared experiences
that our new relationships continue to this day, even when thousands of miles apart. Being a connector also opens you up to the possibility of professional
networking. After being in communication with an American professor in Vietnam, I
was offered the opportunity to return and assist with the development of a new
school they were building. I continue to make new connections through my involvement with programs such as the global ambassadors that can be used towards the
Global Citizen Award. As someone who participates, you want to leave a positive impact wherever you are and with everyone you meet. A participant is
always aware of the opportunity to help others and understands the importance of
being involved in both the local and global community. The USF in Tampa
community offers so many different ways to participate and make a difference, and
those actions can also be done on a global scale. While at the University in
Vinh, Vietnam, I learned early on about a children’s home called the SOS
Children’s Village, which was only a five-minute motorbike ride from campus.
As someone passionate about working with children I quickly found a way to become
involved and spent much of my free time working with the kids and staff there. By
the end of the program we had collected toys and gifts and organized an
afternoon where all the students, American and Vietnamese, could come to
the village and share in those same experiences. Hi! My name is Jessica Lauther
and I am a USF alum and the Student Programs Coordinator for the Global
Citizens Project. I work with our students pursuing the Global Citizen
Award, our scholarship student leaders, and advise the GCP Student Association.
When I was a student here at USF I did a semester exchange to London and have
loved traveling and exploring other cultures ever since. Now we’re going to
tell you how you can have some of these same experiences through the GCP. I’ll
turn it back over to Adam to explain how you too can earn the Global Citizen
Award! Earning the global citizen award is very flexible and was designed with
every student in mind. From engineers to political science majors, you can create
your own adventure that is tailored to what you’re doing at USF right now.
After attending your Starting Your Adventure workshop you’ll be added to
our Canvas page. It would look exactly like one of your classes. You can then
complete the different components of the Global Citizen Award. To earn the award
you need to attend eight (8) globally focused on-campus events. These events are things that are already happening on campus, like cultural events, lecture series, or
art exhibits just to name a few. There are so many different events and
they’re all listed on the Canvas page. Along with the eight (8) events you need to
complete two (2) globally focused activities. These activities include things that
you’re probably already doing for your major. You can choose from activities
including study abroad, 45 hours of community service, internship, or
undergraduate research, or six credits of foreign language or global citizens
coursework. As you complete these events and activities you will reflect on them.
The final component is a meaningful reflection synthesizing all of your
experiences while pursuing the Global Citizen Award. So what are those globally
focused activities we alluded to. Well, when we designed the Global Citizen Award we wanted to make sure that it was a flexible program that any student could
complete. Whether your first year, a junior, a transfer student, art major, or
biomedical sciences major, you can participate in this program and earn the
Global Citizen Award. Any undergraduate student who completes these requirements earns the award and we’d love for all USF students to graduate as global
citizens. We hope that you’re already excited to
participate in some of these opportunities during your time at USF,
but we’re here to provide some extra motivation for you to complete these
activities. You can choose any two of the six activities listed and could even
complete the same activity twice. We have excellent partnerships with the
Office for Undergraduate Research, the CLCE, and Career Services, who will all
help guide you through your 45 hours of participation should you choose research,
service, or internship. We also have coursework options. Six (6) credit hours of
global citizens coursework or intermediate foreign language. You do have to earn at least a B in these courses to receive credit.
Foreign language does need to be completed at USF and must be 2000 level
or above. Keep in mind that we are well aware of excess credit and do not
encourage you to take on additional credits if it will negatively impact
your course load or extend your graduation date. Now with all this talk
of travel and exploring we of course also allow study abroad or study away to
count as a globally focused activity. This experience must be USF-sponsored
through Education Abroad, as a for-credit experience, or service-oriented. Perhaps as a Bulls Service Break. Study abroad and study away experiences must be a minimum of one week but we obviously encourage longer trips if
you’re able. Also, if you are just now hearing about our program and have
already participated in a study abroad or study away, you can retroactively
count this activity. And if you have such a great time completing an activity
and you’d like to do even more, you can complete the same activity twice. You
could do two study abroad trips, take four courses, or complete 90 hours of
service, internship, or research. As you can see we have a lot of fun and
flexible options for you to create your adventure as a global citizen here at
USF. So, I know you are so excited to get started because it sounds like such a great opportunity. Well, we’ve also got it spelled out so you can see exactly what the benefits of the Global Citizen Award are. Students who are currently pursuing
the award are eligible for a $2,500 study abroad scholarship to use on a USF-sponsored summer trip. The cool thing about the scholarship is that we have
funds for forty five (45) scholarships every year. So, we won’t be giving out a
thousand awards only to have one scholarships available for one lucky
student. And any undergraduate student can complete the Global Citizen Award. We
have no limits and would love for every USF student to earn it. The award will
also be noted on your official transcript. Lastly, you’ll get recognized
at the Celebration for Leadership Awards hosted by the CLCE and have your name printed in the graduation program as a Global Citizen
Award recipient. Plus you get a snazzy GCP medallion to wear during
commencement. Want to get started today? If you are interested in pursuing the Global Citizen Award, your first step is attending a Starting Your Adventure
workshop. Visit our website to view upcoming dates and to register to attend.
We also have the Global Perspective Inventory available on our website for
you to begin thinking about your own global perspective and your role in the
world. This 15 to 20 minute online survey can even count as one of your eight on-campus events if you begin pursuing the Global Citizen Award. We also have our
own GCP Student Association. Join us on BullSync for meeting
information, upcoming events, and to help shape the future of the Global Citizens
Project. Lastly, if you have friends that you think would be great global citizens,
tell them about us, share our video, and use our hashtag #rockyisaglobalcitizen
when you’re out there exploring, connecting, and participating. We look
forward to seeing you soon! As you can see the Global Citizen Award connects you with curricular and co-curricular opportunities to become globally engaged
both on campus and off campus. Not only does the award encourage you to pursue
opportunities that help you grow and develop, but these opportunities also help you learn how to live a life that makes an
impact in the bigger world. If you would like more information about the Global
Citizen Award stop by SVC 2049 in the Student Services Building or visit us on
our website at usf.edu/gcp. You can also email us at [email protected] Or
call us at (813) 974-5444 with any questions. In addition, make sure to like or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and
Instagram @usfgcp to learn more about different events, opportunities, and to stay connected. When you post your own updates you
can use hashtag #rockyisaglobalcitizen as a way to showcase your global
engagement. We hope that you will consider exploring, connecting, and
participating as a global citizen, locally and globally. And as always, Go
Bulls!

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