Global Citizenship

10450787_10152705423510242_3893445085846554240_n.jpgDefining Global Citizenship

“Whatever else may be claimed in the statement 'we are citizens of the world,' at least there is the ethical claim that we belong to one global moral community within which we have global responsibilities and some shared universal values.” Dowers, 2002, p.127

“The central idea is that global citizens spend time each day thinking about their responsibility to maintain not only the health of their particular city, state, and country – but also about the civic and moral duties they owe the planet and its people.” McGill, 2003

“I associate the idea of global citizenship with habits of mind, heart, body, and soul that have to do with working for and preserving a network of relationships and connections across difference and distinctness, while keeping and deepening a sense of one’s own identity and integrity.” Noddings, 2005, p. 23

“When we talk about global citizens, we’re talking about people who have that capacity to confront a local issue and be mindful of its impact and be mindful of other options that may be out there that could be better than ones that might simply be generated by the local group.” Schattle, 2008, p.78

Global Citizenship and Higher Education

“A global education is much more than studying abroad or learning about another country. It is an education that ensures that individuals will be able to succeed in a world marked by interdependence, diversity, and rapid change.” Adams & Carfagna, 2006, p. 159

“An education that is 'liberal' in that it liberates the mind from the bondage of habit and custom, producing people who can function with sensitivity and alertness as citizens of the whole world.” Nussbaum, M, 1997, p. 8

Kentucky Higher Education:

Northern Kentucky University

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville:

Other Higher Education:

International Civic Engagement Project

Other Organizations:


Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning. They offer a variety of group volunteer programs suitable for both small and large groups.

International Service Learning

As an international educational agency, ISL provides medical and educational teams of volunteers to provide services for the underserved populations of Central and South America, Mexico, and Africa.

Center for Third World Organizing

CTWO’s goal is to develop the skills and capacities of as many organizers as possible, so they can effect positive change and promote justice in communities across the country and around the world.

Foundation for Sustainable Development

Supports the efforts of local development organizations working to improve the welfare of the people living in their communities. FSD provides grassroots organizations with human resources, financial resources, and technical assistance.

Habitat for Humanity - Global Village Program

Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village trips offer participants the unique privilege to become active partners with people of another culture. Team members work alongside members of the host community and get to know another culture in a way very few can.

Ripple Effect

In March 2009, the Washington State University (WSU) Foundation rolled out a new web site that allows contributors to target their money to university initiatives in the developing world, called Ripple Effect. The site allows contributors to make gifts of tangible, useful products — trees, cows, sheep, honey bees, and treadle pumps — to people who need that help to improve their lives.

Talloires Global Project

The Talloires Global Project calls for the higher education community to take context-driven action to help increase literacy. This handbook offers information and resources on global literacy efforts, including models from Talloires Network member colleges and universities from around the world. Models cover teacher training, tutoring, alternative access to education, and lingual and health literacy.

Teaching with the News

The CHOICES Program’s Teaching with the News initiative provides online curriculum materials and ideas to connect the content of the classroom to the headlines in the news.

Essays on Global Citizenship from Campus Compact 20th Anniversary Celebration:

Higher Education and Civic Engagement: International Perspectives

Edited by Lorraine Mcilrath and Iain Mac Labhrainn

This book provides an original and powerful contribution to debates about the civic purpose of higher education. It suggests that universities can best realize their civic mission by making it central to their policy and practice. Bringing together researchers from three continents, the book offers an international perspective based primarily upon first-hand pedagogical experience. A transatlantic overview of the purpose, place and practice of one such pedagogy (service learning) is provided and its potential as a foundation for civic engagement assessed. In its last section, the book moves from the theory of citizenship to practical considerations. In doing so, the book offers advice on establishing civic engagement to all those involved in teaching and learning within higher education.