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Impact Stories

Peter I. Rose*

Nearly two decades ago, Dr. Jochen Fried proposed to bring American undergraduates to Austria, mostly, but not exclusively, from community colleges and Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs) to address issues such as the dilemmas of diversity in our society, problems relating to climate change and other environmental issues, and matters of class, status, power and politics, and also to compare and contrast what we do in the United States with what goes on in other countries. It was an enormous challenge.  Undaunted, Jochen and his colleagues, Astrid Schroeder and David Goldman, put their shoulders to the wheel and gave ample credence to the expression “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way.” Read more


Chris Migliaccio

In 2006 during my seventeenth year on the Natural Science faculty at Miami Dade College and after teaching for the first three years of our Honors College, I was selected to attend the Global Citizenship Seminar and serve as our delegation’s Lead Faculty Advisor. That meant I would be working closely with the GCA (then Salzburg Global Seminar) administration in planning many of the curricular and logistical aspects of this Seminar. Little did I know then that this would be the start of a long personal and professional friendship as well as a life changing experience. Read more


Mary Okin

I participated in a session of the Salzburg Global Seminar through San José State University, in what was then the SJSU Salzburg Scholars Program.

Initially, I admit I had some skepticism and cynicism about what the experience may be like, but it truly transformed my life and my worldview. Upon departure, I had just completed my first year of graduate study in the Art History and Visual Culture program at San José State. Read more



Lavar Thomas

In 2010 as a Kingsborough Community College participant, I could not fathom the possibilities that would have unfolded as a result of the Global Citizenship Program. Having participated in my high school’s student exchange program, the GCP was the first time I was challenged to think about global issues in a way that led me to want to be a part of its solutions. Read more

This talk by Lavar was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community TEDxCUNY



Lauren Moore

It is difficult to describe the impact the Global Citizenship Program had on my life in a few short paragraphs, as it was one of the best, most influential experiences I have ever known. My GCP experience continues to motivate me and remind me of my responsibility as a global citizen: a responsibility to care about the world and to do my part promoting positive change and humanism. Read more




Adam Beeson

When discussing life experiences that led him to the political path, Nelson Mandela writes that he encountered no grand epiphany, but that he “simply found [himself] doing so, and could not do otherwise.” When I was twenty years old, I found myself doing so. Perhaps it was the physical relocation from my home in western North Carolina to the foothills of the Austrian Alps that unlocked space for my doing to commence. Read more




News and Views

Homeland Earth - A Campaign to Promote Planetary Awareness

"(T)he globalisation push of the last decades has connected all people on all continents and of all nations in a complex way and brought them into an indissoluble relationship with each other. Thus, whether we like it or not, an earthly community of destiny has come into being. (…) But many people and nations lack awareness of this earthly community of destiny. Especially in times of crisis, every nation retreats into itself and seeks its salvation in national solo efforts (…)" "What we need is a worldwide public opinion that represents a planetary awareness and is strong enough to influence the policies of states and international bodies in this direction (…) we must also develop the awareness that we are citizens of Homeland Earth and act accordingly. This is the idea of our international campaign "Homeland Earth." Heimatland Erde | ASPR The Global Citizenship Alliance supports this Heimatland Erde (Homeland Earth) campaign of The Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), which was founded in 1982. The GCA encourages all of its partner institutions and alumni to familiarize themselves with the campaign for Homeland Earth and to consider supporting it by signing the appeal for this campaign, disseminating its manifesto and participating in events related to the campaign.