Mellon Global Citizenship Program Announces Second Round of Grants




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Feb 14, 2016
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Mellon Global Citizenship Program Announces Second Round of Grants

Awards to support global citizenship education at, and through partnerships among, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Appalachian College Association members 

Salzburg Global Seminar is pleased to announce the second round of grants awarded to select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and members of the Appalachian College Association (ACA) to support the implementation of innovative global citizenship education programs. 

These grants are made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The grants are a feature of the Mellon Global Citizenship Program launched in 2014 to deepen and consolidate the successful global citizenship education work initiated with 36 partner institutions. The M-GCP is the outgrowth of the multi-year Mellon Fellow Community Initiative (MFCI), which ran from 2008 to 2013. 

In 2015, seven grants were awarded through the M-GCP, and in 2016 an additional six grants have been awarded on a competitive basis.  The grants support partner institutions expanding and deepening their work as sites of global citizenship.  A unique feature of these grants is that they simultaneously support collaboration between HBCU and ACA member institutions.  The ACA and HBCU institutions share many common attributes based on their long histories serving unique and diverse student bodies and the broader communities around them.  Their distinct communities and geographical distances, however, have not encouraged collaboration among them, but the M-GCP (and MFCI before that) have helped the institutions to test and validate the multiple benefits that result from these cooperative efforts.  The M-GCP is also supporting the partner institutions in planning for the creation of a new independent consortium to facilitate ongoing collaboration as leaders in the field of global citizenship education. 

The Salzburg Global program directors that originated the global citizenship program, Jochen Fried and David Goldman, explain that “ ‘Globalization at home’ is about teaching and modeling inclusion, diversity and reciprocity in the context of how one relates to an increasingly interdependent world. It is as much about crossing national or state borders as it is about crossing ‘borders of the mind’ by reaching out to ‘otherness.’ … The specific constellation of ACA and HBCU institutions offers a unique opportunity, through cooperation, to make ‘globalization at home’ and ‘citizenship without borders’ a powerful and tangible learning experience.”    

The institutions receiving grants through the M-GCP will be supported in their efforts to expand collaborative activities, demonstrating the powerful value-added impact of cooperation among ACA and HBCU institutions, and to continue to work towards the creation of an independent organization to support ongoing joint projects and initiate new collaborations related to global citizenship education.  

“Global citizenship is no longer just an idealized rhetorical term used in textbooks.  It is the reality that today's students will live as part of their future.  Those of us who are college educators will fail to provide future-focused preparation if we overlook this aspect of our students' educational experience,” stated Betty Overton-Adkins, an M-GCP Advisory Council member and Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan.  

The vital importance of global citizenship education for students was articulated by Sederra Ross (then a senior at Clark Atlanta University) at the 2015 Global Citizenship Summit, “Global citizenship education forces me to operate outside of my comfort zone. As an aspiring green chemist, [it] has given me the tools to make myself a better citizen and a better person. It’s like I have superpowers.” 

This round of grants includes support for Visiting Specialist Series whereby a global citizenship education expert will visit multiple schools to meet with faculty, administrators, and students; Study Away Incentive Programs whereby multiple institutions will coordinate on a shared domestic ‘study away’ experience; an Undergraduate Research Conference; and a Global Citizenship Summit. To further consolidate and demonstrate the benefits of HBCU-ACA collaboration and build towards a long-term multi-institution consortium across these systems, the Undergraduate Research Conference and the Global Citizenship Summit will both be held this year in conjunction with the Appalachian College Association’s annual summit which takes place from September 29 to October 2 in Kingsport, Tennessee.  

The following grants are being awarded for 2016 

Hampton University and Bluefield College: Global Directions of the Progressive Generation (Visiting Specialist Series)

Florida Memorial University and Berea College: Global African (Diaspora) Citizenship (Study Away Incentive Program)

Dillard University and University of Charleston: Immigration through the Lens of Global Citizenship (Study Away Incentive Program)

Howard University and Davis & Elkins College: Global Education – HBCU & ACA Collaborative Enrichment (Study Away Incentive Program)

Lindsey Wilson College (lead institution), Bennett College, Brevard College, Clark Atlanta University, and Ferrum College: Global Citizenship: Exploring Problems , Finding Solutions (Undergraduate Research Conference held concurrent to the Global Citizenship Summit)

Lindsey Wilson College (lead institution), Bennett College, Brevard College, Clark Atlanta University, and Ferrum College: Strength through Diversity: Partnering for Effective Global Citizenship Education (Global Citizenship Summit) 

Salzburg Global Seminar congratulates all of the institutions that have been selected for grant awards.  

More information about the M-GCP can be found in the attached overview, as well as at the M-GCP website.  Please contact David Goldman at for enquiries related to the M-GCP.