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by Dr. Micheline Soong


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 citizenship.

“ 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, and feedback.

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 one’s self.

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 global context.”

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 studentlife@hpu.edu.


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