The fifth Global Citizenship
Student Symposium, on is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday,
Nov. 5, on the front lanai of the windward Hawai‘i Loa
campus. The event will focus on presenting models of inspiration – how
different individuals developed a personal response to global
This event is part of a series of activities that provide intellectual
tools and opportunities that encourage students to develop a
working concept of global citizenship that will shape the choices
they make in their everyday lives, and hopefully, beyond into
their working careers after HPU,” said Dr. Micheline Soong,
event organizer and associate professor of English at HPU.
Dr. Leilani Madison, associate professor of English at HPU, will
present a short workshop on effective interaction, discussion,
The keynote speaker, Stuart Coleman, will share his own story
of how he began to develop a sense of responsibility outside
of his own family, community, and nationality. He will address
the experience of traveling abroad or living in another culture
and how that has shaped his view of his own culture and values.
He will comment on the skills that are important to developing
a sense of connectedness with others who may be different from
Coleman is the author of the book, Eddie Would Go, and teaches
a graduate seminar for the East-West Center. He recently wrote
an article for the Honolulu Weekly about his humanitarian mission
to Sri Lanka to help build houses for victims of the 2004 tsunami.
In years past, hundreds of students have converged on HPU’s
windward Hawai‘i Loa campus to engage in in-depth discussions
on the difference between globalization and global citizenship
as well as learn about global leadership.
It is a wonderful opportunity for students to get their voices
heard,” said Nancy Ellis, vice president of Community Relations
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. 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
The concept behind this exercise is that in spite of our differences
in background, life experience, value system, and culture we
do share the common thread of being human. Students will demonstrate
the first step in beginning to create a working awareness of
what it means to be a global citizen–to step outside of
oneself momentarily and be attentive to what it can mean to be
someone else who is different.
For more information on the Global Leadership Organization, contact
the Office of Student Life at 544-0277 or email@example.com.