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global citizenship educators should engage
dialogue with an assumption of common
human dignity much the same way that economists engage reality with an assumption of
rationality. Like any thoughtful intellectuals,
educators who are moving forward understanding of common human dignity know
that our assumptions may be inaccurate. It
is possible that one day we will learn that we
have somehow been wrong-that the story of
human progress is not the story of increasing
our ability to see one another as fully human
across contemporary divides. But until then,
our classroom dialogue, our analysis, and our
university leadership's public pronouncements should feature the assumption that
dignified treatment of each human life must
be part of the consideration of any policy,
anywhere, at any time.
Moving back to the border dialogue,
taking this position in support of human
dignity won't always provide us with policy

clarity. But it should constantly guide us. It's
not a question of efficaciousness (How can
we most expeditiously process the minors at
the border?). It's a question of ethics (How
do we help the babes on our doorstep?). If
we believe first in human dignity across all
people, it is difficult to see how our secondary desires to simplify our border security
and justify our relative wealth should lead
to annual dehydrations of (conservatively)
hundreds of people, along with incarceration and possible deportation of tens of
thousands of children.
As faculty and staff members, we have
an obligation to align these areas of practice and deepen our own commitments to
continuous learning if we are to change the
extent to which universities truly encourage
and advance global citizenship. Our institutional leaders-as quixotic as this may
sound-must commit to public pronouncements reclaiming higher learning's role as

doing much more than advancing objective
inquiry and developing students' capacities
to find jobs. Through developing students'
moral muscles-strengthening their capacities to cooperate across cultures and see the
dignity in all people-we are developing the
building blocks of justice. That's the aim of
global citizenship.
IE
ERIC HARTMAN is assistant professor in the
Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas
State University. He is also a cofounder of globalsl.
org, a website that amasses evidence-based tools
and peer-reviewed research to advance best
practices in global learning, community-university
partnership, and sustainable development.

Endnotes
1 "Central American Migrants Overwhelm Border Patrol
Station in Texas," by Nick Miroff and Joshua Partlow, The
Washington Post, June 14, 2014,
2 Jack Donnelly, Universal Human Rights in Theory and
Practice (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003), 15.
3 See http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/opinion/
bodies-on-the-border.html?_r=2
4 See http://www.npr.org/series/291397809/
borderland-dispatches-from-the-u-s-mexico-boundary

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