Engaged Global Citizen Community

The Engaged Global Citizenship Community brings together students who are excited to build authentic relationships across cultures where they will be given the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and networks and engage in issues facing our world.

This community participates in a series of workshops and activities designed by SFU’s International Services for Students office in conjunction with Fraser International College (FIC). They help develop intercultural communication skills while also creating opportunities for you to critically assess and reflect on global citizenship, your own cultural and self-awareness and explore perspectives on diversity and inclusion.

Highlights

  • Students who participate in the Engaged Global Citizenship LLC will receive credit on their co-curricular record
  • Students will receive experience in custom programming focused on diversity, intercultural competency and communication
  • Students will build their international experience right here at SFU – “more than 80 per cent of employers consider grads with cross-cultural and global competencies as assets to their company" (www.universityworks.ca)

Further details

  • Eligibility: All full-time undergraduate SFU and FIC students are eligible to apply. SFU exchange students are eligible as long as you are here for two terms (fall 2019 and spring 2020)
  • Additional cost: No additional cost.
  • Program length: September 2020 – April 2021

Program Overview

  • Students should expect to commit approximately two hours during a regular week. The more involved you are, the more you will get out of the experience.
  • Students in the Engaged Global Citizenship Living Learning Community must be available on Fridays in each term from 10:30am - 12:00pm for their workshops.
  • Workshops will occur weekly at the start of the term, and then shift to a mix of biweekly and weekly towards the end of the term to support increased study time prior to exams. 
  • Learning takes place through a mixture of workshops, field trips, and deep discussions. 

Fall 2020

The first semester includes workshops on the following topics:

  • Identity and Self-Awareness
  • Introduction to Culture and Values
  • Perception and Assumptions
  • Intercultural Communication Strategies
  • Introduction to Global Citizenship

Engaged LLC members also go on two field trips during the fall semester:

  • The first field trip is to Whistler, to explore and visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. 
  • The second field trip is self-directed experience focusing on exploring different places of worship. 

Spring 2021

The second semester includes workshops on the following topics: 

  • Power and Privilege
  • Bias, Stereotyping and Discrimination
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Working with Diversity and Conflict
  • Building Inclusive Communities and Approaching Global Issues

Engaged LLC members also take part and experience the Vancouver Lunar New Year Festival.

To wrap up the Engaged Global Citizenship LLC experience, students will also have the opportunity to put their learning into action.