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Through the Lens of Disparities


Following our Statement of Purpose (“The Global Citizenship Alliance promotes education for engaged knowledge and responsible action in an interdependent world”), each year we choose an overarching theme for our seminars which can work like a magnifying glass to organize the diverse and often confusing aspects of what constitutes the experience of a globalizing world.

In 2016, the overarching theme of our programs was the refugee situation in Europe. The focus in 2017 will shift to the topic of DISPARITY in its many dimensions – whether it relates to wealth and poverty, race or ethnicity, education, health, gender, political representation, or general access to resources.

Etymologically, the term disparity invokes the condition of in-equality and, by extension, of imbalance, gap, divergence, even injustice. An important factor of global citizenship is the deliberate effort to become aware of these inequalities, to understand who gets the shorter end of the stick, and why, and to ask the question if and how we may be part of the problem. Disparities are not an evil in and by themselves, but they pose the question of recognizing that there can be breaking points and turning points, crossroads and collisions.

2017 Dates & Registration

Student Seminars                                    Faculty & Administrators Seminars

GCS 7: February 19 to 26                       GCS 12: July 9 to 16

GCS 8: April 10 to 17

GCS 9: May 22 to 29

GCS 10: May 30 to June 6

GCS 11: June 12 to 19

All Student Seminars will be convened at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria. The Faculty & Administrators Seminar will take place in Potsdam, Germany.

If your college or university is interested in participating in a Global Citizenship Seminar (GCS), please write to or Astrid Schroeder for more information.


News and Views

Sole Hope: Campus Denim Drive for 3 Weeks

Global Citizenship Alliance alumna Shani Suber, English faculty technology coach at North Lake College of the Dallas County Community College District, completed a project after attending the GCA's Faculty & Administrators Program last summer in Potsdam, Germany. Upon her return, she decided to try the Sole Hope Project - with the support of Candace Eldridge, Adrianne Settles, Global Citizenship Committee, NLC Student Life, NLC Marketing, and NLC International Department.* Faculty and students collected over 300 pairs of jeans on campus and made 370 pairs of shoe patterns. Through the involvement of more than 200 students and employee volunteers, 240.5 pounds of denim scraps were sent to Blue Jeans Go Green to make insulation for homes. Sole Hope *They were instrumental in assisting and completing the project with Shani over countless hours