EUSA Global Wednesday, 24 April, Teviot Row House More photos at www.facebook.com/eusaglobal
Global Citizenship Workshop EUSA Global organised a workshop to explore global citizenship through various themes including social responsibility, developing student leaders, student mobility, and local community. Each theme was explored through small workshops facilitated by experts in the field. 45 students, staff, and local community members attended the workshop. While some concrete actions emerged, this workshop indicated a need for further exploration around the particular topics. Key themes emerging throughout the day
Community – both in Edinburgh and globally – plays a central role in developing and empowering global citizens An international experience does not naturally produce global experience, there needs to be intention, support and reflection to enhance this experience. Cultural/Community toolbox? We need to provide more opportunities for our students and staff to come together to discuss these topics
What is a global citizen?
Friends from around the world Passionate about making a change Seeking information about big global issues Informed on the impact their behaviour has on the bigger picture Relationships are important to them Involved in local community Beyond local, national and international boundaries
Traveller Inquisitive and curious Language learner Sees their experiences in and outside the classroom as an opportunity Creative and think outside the box Confident and self-aware Reflective Understands their own culture
We asked participants to create their global citizen and group created and presented the qualities they believe embody global citizenship.
Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility Davy Gray, EUSA Matthew Lawson, University Sustainability Office Catherine Morgan, Global Environment and Society Academy Key discussion points
Redefining sustainable development and social responsibility to humanise ideas and concepts that are often intellectualised. Education has a central role in the development of global citizens within social responsibility/sustainability Social Responsibility is both local and individual
Individuals may feel overwhelmed by their social responsibility to the world and when it comes to environmental issues/social responsibility on both local and global levels - it can be discouraging and alienating to the individual – we need to help them reconnect with society. Must make individuals feel relevant and encourage them that their individual contributions can make a difference to the whole The constant repetition by the media of these issues can render them mundane and simply background noise – we must continue to be innovative Need to make it accessible for the individual to be socially responsible – it is the responsibility of the government and local authorities as well as the individual; they should make being responsible easier We must be aware of our interdependence as people on both a global and local scale and remember that we are not separate from the world. Community stability, mutual responsibility and education is essential
Global Citizenship and Student Leaders Rachael King, EUSA Olga Bloeman, 4th Year Undergraduate MaryCatherine Burgess, Knowledge Exchange Key discussion points
The workshop was based around change-making and leadership and how we understand the terms. As Global Citizens and leaders, we have the opportunity to make significant changes at a local, national and international level, but what does it mean to be a leader? How can university nurture those behaviours? What do I need to do for you to be free? The workshop allowed us to consider our personal values as global citizens and how they influence our leadership styles. We reviewed recent activities at the University of Edinburgh and discussed what we thought were the motivations behind the acts. We then discussed what personal values were being upheld in the process. The workshop forced us to consider our individual roles as potential leaders.
Identify and celebrate best practice in developing value-based change-makers (TEDx, Innovative Learning Week, Fair Trade, Green Living Festival) and areas for improvement (when students move departments. Attention to detail – communicate with anybody who it affects) Bringing in alignment, the aim of the change and the process/communication. Encourage local “champions” (for example, Globally Just Leadership Group) Power of change-makers comes at a local level – we should lead by example.
Global Citizenship and Edinburgh Briana Pegado, 3rd Year Undergraduate Sue Cairns, Grassmarket Community Project Harriet Harris, University Chaplain Key discussion points
The University is a member of the local community Part of the work of the university is finding solutions to global problems and we should start at home with the local community Edinburgh University is not a campus but still feels separate to the rest of the city It is easy to get caught up in the student ‘bubble’ but there are links with the local community, you just have to make an effort to look for them. There are activities going projects designed to make it easier for students to get involved Language can be a barrier for international students The university has many resources but doesn’t always communicate them well - not all students know where to look for information Newcomers may find it difficult to find their feet in a new city – but can use getting involved as a platform for meeting new people
The university is part of the local community but can often feel very separate so we must work to bridge the gap between the two and help students take the steps to getting involved. Being a part of the university, local community and global community is not contradictory but complimentary. Should encourage people to build on existing connections and broader access Make it easier and more accessible for students to become involved in the local community Volunteer more – use EUSA Volunteers and the University website and actually DO IT Give people the tools to be a global citizen
Global Citizenship and Student Mobility
Kelly Williams, 4th Year Undergraduate and President, Edinburgh Global Partnerships Johanna Holtan, EUSA Key discussion points
Student mobility translates to global citizenship through intention, reflection, and support. What tools can we give students to build communities overseas and at home? Students are already doing fantastic activities without support from the University. For example, Edinburgh Global Partnerships recruits, interviews, trains their student volunteers. How do we think about the communities overseas when we send students away? Main themes from discussion included outreach, infrastructure, culture and language, motivations and inspiration, bureaucratic concerns with most importance urgency given to funding and ways to enhance the experience.
How do we enhance the student mobility = global citizenship process? Give students the tools to enhance international experience including ways to reflect before, after, and during It’s not all about employability!!! More solution-based ideas to funding obstacle
Ideas for Moving Forward
Development of more opportunities for students to reflect on their global citizenship experiences together and on their own Support and/or development of ‘tools’ for community building in Edinburgh (volunteering, information on events throughout city) and overseas Development of student-led resources for those who have returned from being away (for example, EUSA is creating a Returned Student Steering Group) Gaelic Officer/EUSA Global collaboration to celebrate Scottish culture and community More collaboration between strategic silos – for example, social responsibility and internationalisation Plans for more student-led events for Innovative Learning Week for specific schools Organise more opportunities to bring people together to discuss (EUSA Global is currently planning similar sessions based on topics discussed)
Feedback from the day
What is one action you will take away from the workshop? To walk the walk. I would like to get more involved in the local community and the workshop pushed me to do that soon. Being up-front about my values in what I am trying to achieve particularly when i am in the position of being a 'change maker'. To focus on development of student reflection on their time away. The words of my colleagues. I want to get more involved in innovative learning week - in particular, encouraging students to see it as an opportunity to engage with their local and university community Communication and collaboration between groups (staff/student, intercultural, intergenerational, etc.) is extremely important What are your three favourite things about the day? The workshops I liked that the workshops got us to get up and move around thinking about personal values Getting an insight into students Listening to the perspectives of others. Meeting other people who are interested in global citizenship Bringing together students + staff + members of the community The feel of the day The enthusiasm of all the people who ran workshops was great generally finding out what is meant by global citizenship Finding out some of this things happening elsewhere in the University The memory exercise with Davy, Matt, & Catherine (Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility) sharing ideas Design of having different workshops in different rooms with mingling time between Meeting students and staff who were interested in internationalisation All the participants clearly wanted to be there and wanted to share their ideas rather than hiding at the back during workshops which made for interesting discussions Workshop B (Global Citizenship and Student Leaders) Meeting people The discussion on social responsibility & sustainability. it was a really relaxed and fun atmosphere
What are three things you think can be improved for next time? Try to get more staff there - don't know how we'll do it, but it would be very valuable. More publicity for the event- I only found out about it by chance as I was looking at the events channel on Myed Workshop C (Global Citizenship and Edinburgh) - change the removal of shoe to something else (can be issues with being asked to do this) For me there was too much interaction I think more plenary would have been nice. It would have been good to have a speaker or two to talk about what global citizenship was to get the debate going. Schedule the groups so that we can all partake. wider advertisement of the event Larger group (more publicity perhaps) A fun activity for the break, like a mini yoga session or a run around game in the create a global cit. student exercise, perhaps give each group a different student year e.g. 1st, 2nd, PG student (taught/research) Workshop B (Global Citizenship and Student Leaders) - I felt the link to global citizenship was very tenious. Start at 11, break at 13.30 for lunch, 14.15 to 16.45 Less time on icebreakers The chairs could have been laid out in a circle or something rather than in rows when we arrived be clearer on what is being done in workshop C exercises Keep to time! Maybe run it over two days instead of one, it is a broad topic! seating format in the dining hall - perhaps having chairs in small circles rather than rows Better time management, to allow for more substantial breaks between sessions Any Additional Comments It was really nice that all the facilitators were so enthusiastic about the topics. Thanks for putting the workshop on! Enjoyable afternoon and a useful introduction to the topic, I felt overall it could have used a little more focus and direction at times. It was unexpectedly fabulous. The group was exceptional as were the organisers and facilitators. Thank you for a brilliant day! Very good initiative but still needs some development, especially in terms of drawing a larger audience and having smoother transitions between sessions
Published on May 22, 2013