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FORUM
By Eric Hartman

Global Citizenship
Offers Better
Solutions
"THE  SICK are separated by flimsy strips of

Last summer's events fostered a brief debate on how
best to address the presence of nearly 50,000 unaccompanied children in the border region. Yet the news coverage
hardly mentioned that the children were merely the latest
indicator of humanitarian crisis in a region where every
year several hundred individuals dehydrate and die in a
baking desert.

What Role Can Higher Education Play?
This crisis has developed in near simultaneity with more
than a decade of assertions from higher education leaders that we in colleges and universities either should-or
indeed already do-create global citizens. And it reveals
just how empty our global citizenship leadership has been.
Or it illuminates the extent to which many who use the
term global citizen may actually mean globally competitive capitalists who excel across cultures.
There is another way. More robust global citizenship
thinking would continue the historic role U.S. institutions
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of higher education have played in the promotion and
expansion of rights. Our engagement with the value of
global citizenship-if we are to be the slightest bit serious
about it-must be marked by ferocious theoretical rigor
and the attendant effort to make ideals real.
There are of course numerous understandings of
the kind of global civic learning universities should be
encouraging, but a few approaches have enjoyed more
prominence than others. Martha Nussbaum's articulation
of the habits of global citizens suggests that they must
develop appreciation for common human dignity, empathy, and the ability to be critically distant from one's
own culture and traditions. The American Association of
Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) suggests that institutions should develop students' capacities to recognize,
"responsibilities to society-locally, nationally, and globally." What these and similar definitions hold in common
is the notion that ethical commitments and understandings of human dignity must transcend national borders.

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yellow police tape from the crying babies and
expectant mothers. They subsist on bologna
sandwiches and tacos, with portable toilets and no
showers." Thus The Washington Post reported from
the U.S.-Mexico border nearly a year ago.1 Since that
time the U.S. government has cooperated with the Corrections Corporation of America to open a 2,400-person "family
detention facility" at a cost of $296 per person per day; rights organizations like Amnesty International continue to estimate that 60 percent
of the women who undertake undocumented crossings from Mexico to the United States
are raped during the journey; and the federal government has overseen tens of thousands of
deportations that break apart families, including the recent deportation of Iowa Mennonite
pastor Max Villatro, a community member in good standing who left behind four U.S. citizen
children and a U.S. Citizen spouse.


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International Educator - May/June 2015

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Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - In Brief
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