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Global Citizenship Alliance

Salzburg Global Seminar Proudly Announces the Launch of the Global Citizenship Alliance.
Newly established organization to operate Salzburg Global Seminar's successful Global Citizenship Program.

After 12 years, 71 sessions, and more than 3000 participants from 80 colleges and universities in the United States, the Global Citizenship Program (GCP) is reorganizing to increase its scope and streamline its operations. The GCP's staff have formed an independent organization, the Global Citizenship Alliance, which is assuming operating responsibility for global citizenship education programs previously run under Salzburg Global's aegis. The Alliance will continue to offer sessions "in association with Salzburg Global Seminar," underscoring both organizations' commitment to innovative, highest quality programs.

For latest information, consult the new Global Citizenship Alliance website at www.GlobalCitizenshipAlliance.org


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Global Citizenship and Universal Human Rights
Global Citizenship and Universal Human Rights
Rachitaa Gupta 
Students from Texas, Kentucky, and Florida arrived in Salzburg this weekend for the 68th session of the Global Citizenship Program (GCP), May 23 to 30, 2015. This GCP will see 32 students from four different colleges of US come together to learn what it means to be global citizens and its relation to universal human rights. While more than half of the students will be coming from Tarrant County College, Fortworth, TX, students from Eastern Kentucky University, Houston Community College, TX and Seminole State College, FL will also be a part of the fellows at the session. Salzburg Global has a decades-long commitment to education and the idea that education can lead to a more peaceful, prosperous, stable, and sustainable world, and too this end launched its Global Citizenship Program 11 years ago to promote global citizenship education around the world. Salzburg Global firmly believes that educational institutions help create the next generation of globally aware and critically thinking leaders. The Global Citizenship Program's core mission is to facilitate institutional change in educational enterprises, primarily colleges and universities. Salzburg Global tries to take a very inclusive approach by partnering with educational institutions throughout US and encouraging them to promote the idea of global citizenship through their curriculum and policies. Faculty for the session include Santwana Dasgupta, director of Partnership for the Education of Children in Afghanistan, who has been a faculty member of several GCP sessions. She will be joined by Michael Daxner, professor of sociology and president emeritus of the University of Oldenburg, and senior research fellow at Berghof Conflict Research in Germany. Other faculty members include, David Goldman, former associate director of education at Salzburg Global and Alex Seago, Dean of the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences at Richmond, The American International University in London, England. Reinhold Wagnleitner, a core faculty member of the GCP will also be joining the session. Throughout the week long session, GCP students will partake in lectures on topics such as “Building Peace, One School at a Time in Afghanistan” and “Americanization, Globalization and Popular Music,” as well as plenary discussions and a day trip to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in nearby Bavaria. They will also have opportunity to break in to small groups and develop their own action plans for promoting global citizenship.  One of the goals of the GCP is for the students to take these ideas back to their own colleges and universities, and spark change that encourages their peers to become global citizens as well. 
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Global Citizenship: Ethics and Engagement
Global Citizenship: Ethics and Engagement
Stuart Milne 
Fifty students from Miami Dade College will arrive at Salzburg Global Seminar to participate in Global Citizenship Program Session 66 | Global Citizenship: Ethics and Engagement, from February 26 to March 5. The long-running Global Citizenship Program aims to develop young people who are consciously prepared to live and work in the complex interdependent society of the 21st Century and contribute to improving the common global welfare of our planet and its inhabitants. Salzburg Global partners with dozens of universities and colleges across the USA to put global citizenship at the forefront of academic curricula, extra-curricular programs and institutional policies. 2015 marks the 12th consecutive year Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida has traveled to Schloss Leopoldskron for a dedicated GCP session. Salzburg Global is delighted to welcome back former Associate Director of Education David Goldman, who returns as a faculty member alongside Salzburg Global Fellows Farid Hafez, researcher in Political Science at the University of Salzburg and Tazalika M. Te Reh, PhD candidate at the American Studies Department of the T.U. Dortmund University, together with long-serving GCP faculty member Reinhold Wagnleitner, retired associate professor of modern history at the University of Salzburg and visiting professor of United States history at three American universities. “Global citizens are consciously prepared to live and work in the complex interdependent society of the 21st Century and contribute to improving the common global welfare of our planet and its inhabitants,” says GCP Director Astrid Schröder. “In an age of globalization which increasingly brings people in contact with other cultures as a result of changing social, political, and economic activities and technological advances, the need to understand international affairs, to recognize cultural values other than our own, and to understand world events from a variety of perspectives, has become increasingly critical. So has the need for people to think and act as global citizens in order to address some of the most pressing issues of global concern that are facing humanity in the 21st Century.” As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, participants will travel to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in nearby Germany to better understand how and why the Holocaust unfolded, and witness first-hand the terrible consequences when understanding and acceptance of the other breaks down at the most extreme level imaginable. GCP participants will be exposed to a number of perspectives on what it means to be a global citizen through faculty presentations, and develop these ideas further through small group discussions. Presentation topics include The United States of America and the World: Views from a Distance, Mapping Globalization, and The Islamic Faith Community in Austria. Participants will also take part in a teleconference with GCP alumnus and Salzburg Global "Face for the Future" Lavar Thomas, who will be sharing his experiences as a Peace Corps community health volunteer in Kigali, Rwanda.
Global Citizenship: Ethics and Engagement is part of Salzburg Global’s long-running Global Citizenship Program. More information on the session can be found here: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/66. You can follow all the discussions on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by following the hashtag #GCP66.
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Betty Overton-Adkins: "This is a place open to new ideas"
Betty Overton-Adkins: "This is a place open to new ideas"
Jonathan Elbaz 
Betty Overton-Adkins has observed higher education and Salzburg Global from a wide variety of vantage points. During her long career in higher education—working as a researcher, funder, policymaker and academic—she's attended sessions in Salzburg in the role of participant, facilitator and faculty. As she discusses in an interview with Salzburg Global, she's observed how both the organization and higher education institutions worldwide have worked to embrace a more informal and inclusive approach. For example, at her first session in 1995, entitled "Higher Education: Institutional Structures for the 21st Century," participants never asked questions after lectures in Parker Hall, and everyone had to walk from the Meierhof to the Schloss for a coffee break. Listen to the interview below.
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2015 GCP Brochure Now Available
2015 GCP Brochure Now Available
GCP Team 
In 2015, Salzburg Global will host five student sessions and two faculty sessions through the Global Citizenship Program (GCP). The initiative's core mission continues to be facilitating institutional change in education—by developing students' abilities to think and act globally and by transforming campuses into "sites for global citizenship." The themes for student sessions in 2015 include "Ethics and Engagement," "Pathways to Global Citizenship: Roots and Routes" and "Global Citizenship and Universal Human Rights," "Global Citizenship: At Home and Abroad," as well as a special session for New York State-based Molloy College, while the two faculty sessions will focus on "Education for Global Citizenship: What, Why and How."
Download the brochure here
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Transition of David Goldman
Transition of David Goldman
GCP Team 
Salzburg Global Seminar announces that David Goldman, Associate Director of Education, has decided to leave the organization to pursue other opportunities effective August 29, 2014. David started at Salzburg Global as a Program Intern in 2001. He returned full time a year later and has served in many capacities since then – first as a Program Associate, then as Coordinator of the International Study Program on Global Citizenship (recently renamed Global Citizenship Program or GCP), and finally as Associate Director of Education. David has been an integral part of the organization – particularly the Global Citizenship Program and the related Mellon Fellow Community Initiative (MFCI).
 
Together with Jochen Fried, Director of Education, and Astrid Schröder, Program Director for the GCP, David co-created and developed these programs since 2004 and 2008 respectively. During this period he has established and maintained institutional partnerships with nearly 100 colleges and universities, worked with Foundations  and other third party funders to support these programs, helped facilitate strategic planning processes focused on institutional change for global citizenship at these partner institutions that education, and worked with over 3,000 students, faculty, administrators, staff. David developed and contributed subject matter expertise on global citizenship, Holocaust memory and education, higher education policy, and strategic institutional change.
 
In addition to his work on the GCP and MFCI, David has directed sessions on higher education policy around the world aimed at increasing access, completion, success, and relevance for underrepresented constituencies. He has implemented programs both in Salzburg and off-site at locations ranging from Athens, Greece to Elkins, West Virginia and has represented Salzburg Global at international conferences such as the European Access Network’s World Congress on Access to Post-Secondary Education.
 
David has been a dear friend and colleague to many involved with the organization. His contributions over the years are appreciated and he will be missed. Salzburg Global wishes him all the best for the next phase of his career and future endeavors.
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GCP influences launch of new Global Citizenship Institute at partner school
GCP influences launch of new Global Citizenship Institute at partner school
Tanya Yilmaz 
To paraphrase a quote by Anatole France: ‘When a thing has been done and done well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.’ This tongue-in-cheek dictum was the precept of an exciting joint venture between St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, and the Global Citizenship Program (GCP)* at Salzburg Global Seminar culminating in the launch of a new program, the Global Citizenship Institute at St. Mark’s which is intentionally modeled after the GCP.

St. Mark’s School
became a partner institution of the GCP in 2011 and at the time was the first high school to send teachers to this program which usually is for higher education institutions only. Soon the idea was born that St. Mark’s would emulate the program by adopting and adapting it for the high school sector. The actual planning process took more than a year and involved a small team of champions from St. Mark’s as well as GCP staff in a consulting capacity. This work was generously sponsored by Bruce Wilson, a St. Mark’s board member and close friend of Salzburg Global who firmly believed in the potential of this joint endeavor and in the need to teach the lessons of global citizenship at high school level.  

The great moment came in early July when 33 students and 8 teachers from both private and public high schools based in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, the UK, and Australia convened at the St. Mark’s campus for the inaugural Global Citizenship Institute. The GCI was led by St. Mark’s School faculty – all of whom are GCP alumni. Building on their experience in Salzburg, they have a similar understanding with regard to the defining ideas of global citizenship and how to make it tangible in the classroom. This spring, Laura Appell-Warren, Director of the GCI, participated in one of the GCP student sessions which gave her some further insights in terms of engaging youngsters in envisioning borderless citizenship.    

From the Salzburg Global side Astrid Schroeder, GCP Program Director, and Adam Beeson, former Salzburg Global staff member and now teaching at a high school, attended the week-long meeting in Southborough offering presentations and providing advice when needed. Peter and Hedy Rose, both long term GCP faculty, came as guest faculty. Two GCP student alumni, Kanza Naqvi (San José State University) and Jeremiah Lindgren (Kingsborough Community College) served as interns.

A beginning has been made and indeed a very successful one with plans for a second edition of the Global Citizenship Institute next summer already in the making. And what is more, the precept of ‘take it and copy it’ has worked and the GCP can now proudly call itself an incubator of global citizenship education also at high schools.  
*Since its own launch in 2004, the GCP at Salzburg Global has gained a significant subject expertise on global citizenship working with partner institutions to bring students, faculty, and administrators to Schloss Leopoldskron. The main goal of the Program is to initiate institutional change by forming long-term relations with these partners. It is designed to help build a critical mass of change agents on campus who introduce notions of global citizenship to the classroom and in fact into every aspect of campus life.
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For latest information, consult the new Global Citizenship Alliance website at www.GlobalCitizenshipAlliance.org.