“It was a wonderful opportunity for students
to get their voices heard,” said Nancy Ellis, vice president
and dean of Student Support Services at HPU.
With such a diverse student body, it seems natural for HPU to
look at defining global citizenship since many or our students
are living it,” Ellis continued. “We are exploring
the concept of whether it is possible to both identify with one’s
own culture and at the same time share a spirit of belonging
in a larger global context.”
This year, students broke up into small groups to share their
experiences relating to one of a number of themes: love, courage,
hope, compassion, transformational change, choices, negotiation,
strength, health, spirituality, epiphany, and human relationship
The exercise was based on the concept that in spite of our
background, life experience, value system, and culture—we
share the common thread of being human.
Students were encouraged to demonstrate this in some tangible
way: through a painting, a poem, a story, a skit, a dance.
These creative acts were the first step in creating a working
of what it means to be a global citizen. Students stepped outside
of themselves momentarily to become attentive to what it can
mean to be someone else, someone different.
The event was organized by HPU’s Office of Student Life
and held on the front lanai of the windward campus Academic Center.
Students were fed both breakfast and lunch. For more information,
e-mail the Global Leadership Organization at email@example.com,
or call the Office of Student Life at 544-0277.