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As Thomas Jefferson once noted, "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."
At few points in history has this sentiment become so
profoundly meaningful to the world. There is seemingly no
shortage of powerful and influential global leaders who are
blinded by an aggrandized view of their power. Educators
and practitioners have an ethical responsibility to embody
and model the values that they want their students to
emulate. They must engage in self-reflection in their own
lives and continually push both themselves and their students to see beyond the media, stereotypes, and fear that
limit the ability to authentically connect with others.
The responsibility includes engaging students in
the exercise of introspection in order to create a new
generation of leaders-leaders who are able to confront
this new and frightening political landscape and combat
The program design at UGA's satellite camps in Costa Rica sets students on the
inequality and inequity at every turn. Students should be
path to global citizenship and stewardship.
encouraged to confront bigotry at its root, fight injustice
where they find it, and embrace the values and dispositions critical
and sift through the chaff of opinion to find grains of truth.
to the foundation of a free and democratic society.
Educators must model for their students the platform of initiatStudents must be equipped with the mental acumen and
ing dialogue on a difficult subject, then promote the discourse
strength of will to stand firm in and embody the values of an
between potentially opposing sides.
informed global citizen who is willing to serve as a change agent.
By facilitating this exchange of ideas in the classroom, local comColleges and universities are not producing individual graduates;
munities, and communities abroad, students will begin to refine their
they are cultivating catalysts who are motivated to focus their
own ability to engage in respectful dialogue with those who disagree
collective efforts and energy for the good of humanity. n
with them. It is the educator's responsibility to champion free speech
and free exchange of ideas on campuses and model for and teach
CARLY WOMACK-WYNNE is associate director of the Center for Global
students how to disagree and still find common ground. Respectful
Engagement and professor of education at the University of North
Georgia-Gainesville.
exchange of ideas at the local and personal level will become a characteristic of personal interaction and dialogue as the student matures,
giving rise to the future of diplomacy in this the United States.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
If educators embrace this sense of purpose, the future is less
daunting. It is all too important for educators to embrace their
Reading:
roles as support systems for students' development as future
Banks, J. (2008). Diversity, Group Identity, and Citizenship Education
in a Global Age. Educational Researcher. Volume: 37 issue: 3, pages:
leaders and help them develop a strong and clear ethical compass
129-139.
to guide themselves and the country.
https://doi.org/10.3102/0013189X08317501

Global Citizens in a New Reality

COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

In a rapidly changing environment where political alliances shift
quickly, educators are tasked with not only preparing students to
navigate cultural nuance, but also to confront a new reality both
at home and abroad. This new reality is fraught with difficulty as
students face and overcome their own biases, as well as those held
by others. This requires a degree of self-awareness not sufficiently
provided in current models of preparation for the creation of
effective global citizens. These dispositions are rarely acquired
by those of traditional college age without direct instruction or
life experience to prompt an increased level of understanding. It
is essential to build students' capacity to understand their own
cultural values so they can expand their capacity to understand all
cultural values and perspectives.
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Global Spotlight: China
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Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
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