Global Citizenship Home

Welcome to the webpages of the West Valley College Global Citizenship Committee and Global Citizenship Center!

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.  

last published: 11/3/17