Global Citizenship

General Information

Mission Statement

The WVC Global Citizenship Committee facilitates campus-wide commitment to the ideals of global citizenship through curriculum, co-curricular activities, and professional development of college faculty, administrators and staff.

Vision Statement

The WVC Global Citizenship Committee works to advance understanding of global concerns as they pertain to every aspect of education in the community college.


Global Citizenship Committee Background

The GCC is a group of dedicated faculty and staff members, administrators, and students who, during the last fifteen years, have been invested in creating a campus culture focused on the principles that drive Global Studies and Global Citizenship. Those principles describe a transformative attitude and approach to learning, teaching, and being that centers on the recognition that people, cultures and our environment are inextricably woven and interdependent, and that therefore we are all individually and collectively responsible for addressing issues across cultures and geopolitical boundaries.

In The Practices of Global Citizenship Hans Schattle notes that the following elements fundamentally define and anchor Global Citizenship as concept and enactment:

  • Global citizenship is a voluntary way of “thinking and living within multiple cross-cutting communities—cities, regions, states, nations, and international collectives.”
  • Global citizenship requires active self-awareness and awareness of others.
  • Practicing global citizenship entails
    • engagement in global issues while at home
    • firsthand engagement with different countries, people and cultures
    • practicing cultural empathy, intercultural competence, critical thinking and principled decision-making.

Schattle also clarifies that “citizenship” can be defined “as a way of life rather than as a legally binding tie to any particular country,” a way of life that recognizes how each of us affects the rest of the people on our planet.

The WVC Global Citizenship Committee has worked to create a campus culture that understands and enacts Global Citizenship principles, particularly in curricular and co-curricular activities. That intentional work helps prepare students and everyone on campus to achieve global competency and therefore to be better prepared to meet the personal and professional challenges of the 21st century. Global competency exists when a learner is able to:

  • Analyze world situations from several perspectives.
  • Envision alternatives to established dominant models.
  • Critically analyze diverse and conflicting points of view.
  • Understand the interconnectedness of peoples and systems.
  • Have a general knowledge of history and world events.
  • Accept and cope with the existence of different cultural values and attitudes.
  • Understand the richness and benefits of diversity.
  • Make personal and systemic change for a more just and sustainable world.

The GC Center is a dedicated space in the WVC Campus Center where lectures, meetings, films and other activities are scheduled, and where there are display cabinets that house changing exhibits and other passive learning content.

Global Citizenship Center

Discover the World • Discover Your Neighbor • Discover Yourself

West Valley College's Global Citizenship Center opened its doors in the Campus Center on Wednesday 6 February 2007. Back then it was called the Center for Global Education. Today, the mission and vision remain fundamentally the same.


  1. Promote awareness by functioning as a resource where students, faculty, staff, administrators and surrounding community find information and participate in diverse multicultural activities.
  2. Support the processes by which students learn about interdependence in our world and prepare for successful integration into varied societies.
  3. Help to implement the WVC Student Equity Plan revised in spring 2015-2016 aimed to improve student retention, persistence and success.


The GCC works to actively engage the WVC community in understanding global issues.

Seventh Annual Global Citizenship Conference

This 2017-2018 academic year, the main focus of the Global Citizenship Committee is to organize the Seventh Annual Global Citizenship Conference. Dr. Tim Kelly, the GC Committee's Acting Chair, is leading this effort. Dr. Kelly writes about this upcoming conference in an entry for the GC blog. This conference will gather speakers, music, film/documentaries, art, information tables, exhibits and opportunities for talking and reflecting to engage attendees in our goal to address three key aspects of genocide:

  • Definition: How can we historicize and explain why genocides happen?
  • Memory and remembrance: We explore the impact and legacy of genocide;
  • Taking action: What can the Global Citizen do to help prevent genocide and to foster social justice.

The Faces of Genocide

Seventh Annual Global Citizenship Conference: The Faces of Genocide takes place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Holocaust Remembrance Day – 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM in the West Valley College Campus Center. This event is Ooganized by the WVC Global Citizenship Committee and sponsored by the WVC Office of Student Equity and Success, as well as free and open to everyone. For more information, please visit Faces of Genocide or contact Dr. Tim Kelly.

Research Guide

The WVC Library has prepared a research guide on genocide with especially curated sources that are available through the WVC Library online catalog, subscription databses, and the free web. This research guide focuses on areas of the world that are afflicted with a history of genocide: Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, the Holocaust, Native Americans, Rohingy, and Rwanda.

Last Updated 3/15/19