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Annalyese. Service Leader

Name: Annalyese Zepeda
Major: Neuroscience
Classification: Sophomore
2nd year in the GC

I believe to be a global citizen, you must take the time to reach out to others, even get out of your comfort zone to get to know other people, put yourself in their shoes and make a positive difference in their lives. You will never know what great things God has planned for you so I think it's important to go out, do his good work, make your mark and find out! There are endless opportunities to make an impact, and it starts with making the effort to be the best global citizen you can be. The values of being a global citizen align with service, friendship, and the love of others and living out these values will shape you and others around you to make this world more united in peace.

Chance. Special Events and Activities Leader

Chance Coppedge
Major: Business
Classification: Sophomore
2nd year in the GC
Team Leader: Special Events and Activities

As globalization continues to bind the world together, civilization becomes increasingly more global as the world continues to grow smaller.  Although the world now seems to be shrinking, the problems that now face its 7 billion inhabitants only seem to multiply.  In light of this truth, it is now more important than ever for humanity as a whole to take on a global rather than national citizenship as the space for ignorance and intolerance in this world is ever shrinking.   In essence, being a global citizen is taking part in a worldwide effort of understanding, communication, and compassion, taking global issues as one’s own. 

Rachel. Cuisine Leader

Name: Rachel Desrosiers
Major: Nursing
Classification: Sophomore
2nd year in the GC
Team Leader: Cuisine  

To understand the different people and cultures around the world is very important. We could learn from one another, share ideas about technology and medicine, and coexist peacefully. In order to accomplish this, one must be a global citizen by participating in events encouraging cultural diversity and similarities or just listening, accepting, and understanding others. 

Alejandro. Marketing Leader

Name: Alejandro Joel Gonzalez
Major: Management Information Systems (MIS) and Marketing
Classification: Sophomore
1st year in the GC
Team Leader: Marketing

Being a Global Citizen not only exposes you to the different cultures and communities in the world; it enables you to become more open-minded and let your imagination explore beyond its comfortable boundaries. The more we become accustomed to the world around us, then the more we begin to learn more about what makes the way we are and who we will eventually become. Along our journey of self-discovery, we begin to interact and acquaint ourselves with new faces and personalities that we had never seen before. These people will then become a huge influence in your life and you will cherish them, along with your experiences with them, forever in your heart. God has created a world full of unique individuals who have different cultural backgrounds. As his children, we should learn to have a greater appreciation for the world and  for each other so that we may “love thy neighbor as thyself” because “there is no other commandment greater than these”. (Mark 12:31)

Cristina. Fundraising Leader

Cristina Garcia
Major: International Studies with minors in French and Russian
Classification: Junior
3rd year in the GC

Peer Leader: Global Community New Student Experience Course
Team Leader: Fundraising

I think being a global citizen is important because knowing about other cultures and different people can help us improve world relations which can help countries avoid international conflict and promote peaceful negotiations. I find that learning about cultures different from my own widens my view of the world and allows me to understand another culture's history and beliefs with a more open mind. I especially noticed this summer during my study abroad trip to Maastricht that knowing about different cultures makes it easy to make friends from all over the world. I feel that these friendships are invaluable and that everyone should strive to be a global citizen.


Charles Jester - Team LeaderName: Charles Jester
Major: University Scholars
Classification: Junior
3rd year in the GC
Peer Leader: Global Community New Student Experience Course

In today's world, being a global citizen is becoming increasingly important. So many things in our everyday lives are affected by international people, cultures and events, from the clothes we wear all the way to our national politics. Awareness and understanding of all these things and how they play a role in our lives is crucial for our own benefit and that of all other global citizens. We are all global citizens--whether by choice or not--so in a world that is choosing to have an impact on you, why not equip yourself to take part in it?

Jaja. CL

Name: Jaja Chen
Major: Social Work
Classification: Junior
2nd year in the GC
Community Leader: Brooks Flats 2nd floor

Being a global citizen helps you to see beyond yourself and your home country. Instead, you learn to see the world as a global village. Our actions in the United States influence countries around us. The world is an international community in which nations influence each other, both negatively and positively.

Resized. David. CL

Name: David Gilbert
Major: Religion and Linguistics
Classification: Junior
1st year in the GC
Community Leader: Brooks Flats 2nd Floor

The importance of being a global citizen means being able to see beyond our own boundaries and borders to engage those who come from a different place or culture than our own. To me it means being able to recognize and promote diversity. A global citizen is able to learn and grow from interacting with people from across the globe, and all the while appreciating your own culture even more as you realize what you bring to the global table.