Why Global? Why Now?
Students Speak: Find out what TWU students are saying about the importance of global citizenship.
- The world has become smaller through revolutions in technology, and the lives of people across the globe have become connected. TWU is part of this global community.
- We can no longer think in terms of living in a world in which we can or should avoid learning and living with others of different cultural backgrounds, habits, perspectives, customs, religious beliefs, and aspirations. Look around the TWU campus. How many different cultures are represented? It is important to understand diversity, as it appears on our campus, in our lives, and in the world.
- We must approach the world’s challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives in schools and the workplace.
- Employers are hiring more employees who have a wider global perspective, experience with other cultures, and who speak two or more languages.
- Citizens of the United States are highly involved in and affected by the global community. Rarely does President Obama hold a conference without one or more global leader involved. Global issues have become our issues and our decisions have become global decisions.
- Investing in improving global education and awareness will, over time, make us safer, healthier, and wealthier.
Students Act: Find out what TWU students are doing to remain globally active and educated.
TWU Students Go Global
Stephanie Terrell, B.A. in Dance, with double minor in History and Psychology
I am a part of Texas Woman's University's Honors Scholars Program, which allowed me to travel abroad for ten days and visit five different European countries.
This was a travel abroad program where honors students were able to take a literature class in the fall semester learning about different countries and cultures before visiting them in January. We read literature on the history of Central Europe this year, so we visited Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
I learned so many things while abroad, but I think the most important lesson I learned is that the world is much bigger than I ever imagined. Living in one country all my life and for the most part in only two cities, I didn't realize how narrow my view of the world was. I learned so much about the different cultures of Europe; it opened my eyes to another way of looking at the world I live in. This trip has inspired me to travel more and to continue to learn about different countries around the world. I also have a renewed interest in learning about my own country of citizenship, as I feel I haven't appreciated my own country's history and culture to the fullest extent.
After participating in this trip, I feel I am more likely to think from a global point of view rather than allowing bias and ethnocentrism to cloud my judgment on certain situations occurring around the world. I want to travel the world more and learn about different issues. This experience has definitely made me more interested in studying abroad for a longer period of time during my college career.
Christina Wagoner, BA History and BA English with a minor in Global Studies
Christina Wagoner is earning two degrees at TWU, BAs in History and English with a minor in Global Studies, interning at State Senator Jane Nelson’s district office, and a member of the Honors Program, Leadership Institute, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Tau Delta. She has traveled abroad with the History and Government Department to Great Britain and with the Honors Program to Italy and Ireland and will to Central Europe this January. Through these experiences, she has grown as a person and become more of a global citizen, so much so that she has pursued placement at Cardiff University in Wales in their Welsh Ethnology MPhil program. Christina was recently accepted at Cardiff for the 2012-2013 school year, pending her graduation in 2012. She plans to research Welsh language policy and how it is received by the Welsh people.
Meroudjie Denis, Ph.D. student, Psychology Major
Shortly after the earthquake, I started a group called “Texans for Haiti.” We are dedicated to providing support and relief to earthquake victims as well as being committed to the long term reconstruction of Haiti. Since the earthquake, we have organized a donation drive where everything from baby formula, clothing and medical supplies were collected. We have successfully made two shipments to Haiti and are sending a third shipment of supplies this week, spring 2010. We have organized a benefit concert where local bands volunteered their time and talent to collect money for shipping the supplies. I have recently spoken at a panel organized by the UNT Haiti coalition. My focus was on the psychological impact of the earthquake. My background in psychology really helped me to understand the devastating psychological impact the earthquake has had and will continue to have on the country for generations to come. I was born and raised in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Most of my family, including my father, currently resides in Port-au-Prince and was severely affected by the earthquake. After losing several friends and family members and feeling completely overwhelmed by the devastation, I decided that I had to do something; from that, came Texans for Haiti.
I truly believe that we have a responsibility towards our brothers and sisters both on a national and global level. It is important that we are always willing to lend a helping hand, especially during times of crisis and devastation. We are one world, one people, though divided by oceans and mountains, religion, and culture, we are united, one together by our humanity.
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