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Yolanda T Moses - Confronting the "Trump Effect" on US college campuses

Mellon Global Citizenship Program advisor highlights the importance of global learning and teaching in the face of growing tensions at American universities

Dr Moses speaking at GCP 57 - Pathways to Global Citizenship: Roots and Routes (2013)

Oscar Tollast | 01.02.2017

Vice chancellor for diversity, equity and excellence at the University of California, Riverside, Yolanda T Moses has highlighted the work of Salzburg Global Seminar while discussing diversity and inclusion on campuses.

Dr Moses featured the Mellon Global Citizenship Program (M-GCP) and the Global Citizenship Alliance (GCA) in her article "Confronting the Trump Effect on our Campuses", which was published on Inside Higher Ed.

As well as being a Salzburg Global Fellow, Dr Moses is an advisory committee member for M-GCP and a GCA board member. Dr Moses is a past president of the American Anthropology Association, and was most recently a faculty member at the sixth GCA seminar in Potsdam, Germany in 2016, Colleges and Universities: The Path to Global Citizenship.

The GCA was founded as an independent organization to continue and expand the work of Salzburg Global Seminar's long-running Global Citizenship Program. It continues to work with Salzburg Global in ways that benefit the GCA's Statement of Purpose around global citizenship education and hosts many of its seminars at Schloss Leopoldskron, home of Salzburg Global Seminar.

The M-GCP supports 36 colleges and universities representing select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and members of the Appalachian College Association (ACA) in order to develop, implement and expand global citizenship education activities on their campuses and in collaboration with other involved parties.

In her article, Dr Moses outlined four key areas which institutions and individuals should focus on over the next four years: supporting undocumented students; protecting protesters on both sides of contentious issues; preventing and enforcing policies against sexual assault; and reinforcing global learning and teaching. 

With regard to the fourth area, Dr Moses suggests students have been prepared to live and work in the global community for at least 20 years.

As part of her article, Dr Moses said, "One thing we have learned from the election is that families from the Rust Belt, the Deep South and the heartland believe that they have been denied participation in a positive vision for the future of this country.

"I am involved with two very promising international programs, the Global Citizenship Alliance and the Mellon Global Citizenship Program, that aim to educate working-class and first-generation students from those regions (both historically black colleges and universities and Appalachian colleges and universities working together) about how directly they are tied from their local communities to the wider world.

"The types of on-the-ground experiences that these programs offer are producing different thinking about empowerment and the ability to chart one's future."

To read Dr Moses' article on Inside Higher Ed in full, please click here.

01.02.2017 Category: SALZBURG IN THE WORLD, MGCP
Oscar Tollast