Global Citizenship Initiative

As Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic continues to develop our 2021-2026 strategic plan, we will focus on the concept of global citizenship throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. We will investigate how our network of colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C. can create a culture of global citizenship, engagement, and understanding in our region and beyond. CCMA believes that global citizenship is a universal value that connects citizens and communities across both global and domestic boundaries – an idea we feel is woven throughout our commitment to the public purposes of higher education and the value of civic and community engagement.

A Global Citizenship Initiative (GCI) Taskforce will convene in the fall 2021 semester to begin this important work. Among other objectives, the taskforce will:

  • Establish a shared description and definition of “Global Citizenship” as it applies to our network;
  • Identify and adopt individual and systemic Global Citizenship competencies for CCMA, our partnerships, and programs;
  • Identify already-existing best practices and model programs related to Global Citizenship throughout our network and region; and
  • Ultimately, make recommendations to the CCMA Board regarding how CCMA can support member institutions throughout our region in the pursuit of global citizenship and the development of global citizens.

Taskforce membership will include administrators, faculty, staff, and students from across our member institutions and individuals from international education, government, non-profit, and corporate sectors. The taskforce will meet monthly throughout the fall semester and submit its recommendations to the CCMA Board in spring 2022. For more information about the taskforce, its mission, and goals, please review the proposal below. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for CCMA regarding global citizenship and the taskforce, please contact Anthony Wagner, Program Officer for the Global Citizenship Initiative and Special Projects.

Global Citizenship Initiative Taskforce

2021 Proposal

The Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Board is launching a Global Citizenship Initiative (GCI) Taskforce to further the efforts CCMA has undertaken throughout its history to advance the value of global citizenship as a meaningful principle within our organization and throughout the culture and practices of our membership in the Mid-Atlantic region. Critical to the work of CCMA and its mission, the Taskforce will begin with the understanding that global citizenship is a universal value that connects citizens and communities across both global and domestic boundaries of diversity. The Taskforce will grapple with the purpose and role that CCMA might play in advancing global citizenship in our network, communities, and world. It will also examine the concept of global citizenship’s potential to leverage change and shift the culture of our communities to be more equitable and engaged, thus intertwining global citizenship with CCMA’s mission toward greater justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Taskforce’s mission will be to envision the role CCMA might play in supporting member campuses and leading an effort in the Mid-Atlantic higher education community to advance and institutionalize global citizenship internally and externally within institutions and throughout the region. The Taskforce will then identify, examine, and recommend opportunities for CCMA to more concretely weave global citizenship throughout its mission, current and future initiatives, and its partnerships with member institutions, the greater CCMA community, and global partners.

The Taskforce will begin by reviewing existing structures, organizational efforts, and best practices throughout the Compact’s network and those of other organizations dedicated to global citizenship. The overall goal is to broaden and deepen CCMA’s reach in a way that is locally and globally oriented and that fully embodies CCMA’s mission and vision. The Taskforce will report to the CCMA Board in the spring of 2022, and its recommendations will be folded into the 2021-2026 CCMA Strategic Plan.

Composition of Taskforce

The Taskforce will be composed of approximately ten to fifteen members representing various aspects of diversity, experience, and perspective within CCMA’s membership and its stakeholder communities. Taskforce membership will represent constituencies including, but not limited to, our diverse member institutions, the corporate sector, the government sector, the non-profit sector, the international education sector, alumni of education-based programs, current students, and CCMA staff.

Anticipated Schedule for CCMA GCI Taskforce

Monthly Taskforce meetings will be 1.5 hours in duration and conducted via Zoom. We anticipate that in addition to the 1.5 hours per monthly meeting, a half hour will be needed to review documents in advance of each call. Total staff time per Taskforce member is anticipated to be between ten and twelve hours. Below is a tentative schedule and outline of tasks for each meeting.

September

Establish shared language and goals; agree on timeline and group expectations.

October

Define global citizenship individually and collectively. Articulate why global citizenship is an important value that CCMA should embody and institutionalize. Envision a campus that vibrates global citizenship as a value and practice.

November

Bridge the gap between global citizenship as a mission and the real, lived experiences of institutions and individuals. Delineate the role CCMA might play in bridging this gap and engaging its membership with global citizenship. Determine how to effectively and collectively realize this vision throughout the CCMA network.

December

Discuss and create concrete recommendations for CCMA that will expand and embolden its commitment to global citizenship.

January

GCI Taskforce and Strategic Plan team meet to blend the recommendations into the CCMA 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.

January

Open network (stakeholder) member meeting to review recommendations of GCI Taskforce

February

GCI Taskforce reports recommendations to CCMA Board

Spring 2022

GCI recommendations are woven into CCMA Strategic Planning for 2021-2026