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Sustainable on the Go Conference

York University is hosting the Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization Virtual Conference, co-organized by York International, the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education Towards Sustainability and international partners, from January 20th to 22nd, 2021. The Conference will bring together scholars, international mobility professionals and practitioners, policymakers, sustainability experts and other stakeholders to discuss the evolving status of international mobility in higher education in Canada and globally, critically reflect on where we are now, and to collectively build a future vision of international mobility that is inclusive, innovative and responsive to the global sustainability challenges of our times.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the court announced. She was 87. Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court's liberal wing, consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care and affirmative action. CNN

AACC honors this year’s select leaders

We are proud to announce that Augie Gallego, Chair of the Board of the Global Citizenship Alliance, is one of the recipients of the 2020 Leadership Award of The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Another recipient is E. Ann McGee, President Emerita of Seminole State College of Florida, a long-time partner institution of the Alliance. Eduardo Padrón, President Emeritus of Miami Dade College (MDC) received the AACC Harry S. Truman Award. Together with Augie Gallego, he is one of the founding fathers of our program and MDC has been sending students to the Alliance ever since, Congratulations to all honorees! For more information about the 2020 AACC awards, please see the following article in Community College Daily. Due to the pandemic, this year’s recipients were honored during a special virtual presentation. The recording of this event is posted on AACC's website.

Dr. Reza Fakhari Elected as Chairman of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) Board of Directors

The Global Citizenship Alliance is proud to announce that Dr. Reza Fakhari was elected as Chairman of Amnesty International USA Board of Directors Read more Reza also serves as the Alliance's Secretary of the Board of Directors. Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization that works to demand human rights for all – no matter who or where they are. As the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, with seven million members spanning more than 150 countries and territories globally, it works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied. Amnesty is a democratically governed, grassroots membership organization, which means that the members vote on key policy issues and elect the Board of Directors. Amnesty International has a uniquely effective strategy for protecting human rights that uses a three-pronged approach: It conducts research to uncover human rights abuses and document patterns; it uses this research to educate the public and equip activists to demand change; and it mobilizes grassroots activists to advocate for human rights in the U.S. and around the world. As the largest country section of Amnesty International, with 221,214 supporters, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is part of a global movement of millions dedicated to pushing back against injustice to make the change that we all deserve to see – now and in the future.

In Memoriam: Nagwa Gadaheldam

The Global Citizenship Alliance mourns the loss of Nagwa Gadaheldam, who was a passionate peace activist, energy and climate change expert, GCA faculty member, and friend. She passed away far too early in her hometown of Khartoum in late May. Nagwa served as faculty for many of our seminars during the early years of the program and shared her unique experiences and perspectives with participating students and faculty alike. At that time, she was working as an industrial development officer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna and was active in the peace process in Sudan, South Sudan and the Darfur Region. Before moving to Vienna, Nagwa graduated from Khartoum University, Sudan with a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and a M.Sc. in energy economics (as one of the first female students in this field in Sudan) and taught for six years at the University of Zimbabwe. Always a person involved in politics, Nagwa was propelled to action as she witnessed the plight of her home country of Sudan during the terrible war in Darfur. As the leading author, and in collaboration with scholars from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, she published a White Paper on Darfur – Making Peace Not War: A Human Rights Perspective (2009). The paper was submitted to the US State Department and became part of the policy negotiations resulting in the Republic of South Sudan’s separation as an independent state from the Republic of the Sudan. The drafting of this White Paper developed from connections that were made between Nagwa and the paper’s co-authors during a series of Global Citizenship Program seminars sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. Throughout the years of Nagwa’s involvement in the Global Citizenship Alliance, along with her husband, Ekkehart, and their daughter, Nafisa, she inspired and supported countless students and professors who participated in the GCA. On many occasions, Nagwa graciously arranged for many students to tour the UN headquarters in Vienna and opened the doors of her home to many more. During her regular travels to the United States, Nagwa made time in her schedule to visit GCA partner institutions from California to West Virginia to Atlanta where she shared her message of peace, understanding, and justice. After her departure from the UN in 2012, Nagwa remained an active force for peace and reconciliation in the East African region. She was involved in official and unofficial diplomacy missions on behalf of the Sudanese and the Ugandan governments. According to an observer, “(s)he has been playing a huge role in fixing so many holes of relations between Sudan and other countries in Africa, locally and internationally.” More information about Nagwa’s diplomatic activities can be found here. Nagwa’s grace and humanity, her strength, and her infectious laughter will forever be remembered by GCA students and faculty who met her and who she inspired and guided with her passion for justice and peace.

Racism is bad for everyone

Racism makes our economy worse -- and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and travels across the US, McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential -- and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all. "Our fates are linked," she says. "It costs us so much to remain divided."