Global Citizenship at Queen’s
Like other MNU members, Queen’s University is involved in a wide range of activities relating to global citizenship; examples of some of these activities are provided below (though this is not an exhaustive list).
Student Empowerment and Engagement
Student Experience Office: The Student Experience Office offers programs and services to orient students to university life, to support their successful transitions into and through university, and to encourage leadership development, student engagement, and co-curricular involvement while at Queen’s. Our programs and services help prepare students to achieve not only their personal, social, and academic goals, but also their professional and community aspirations.
Student Sustainability Groups and Initiatives: Queen’s students contribute to a culture of sustainability in many ways, leading a wide range of groups that work on awareness-raising, activism, community engagement and the development of practical solutions to reducing carbon footprint.
Queen’s Law Refugee Support Program: A group of law students have created the Queen’s Law Refugee Support Program after receiving training through the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. The group will focus on fundraising and helping refugees resettle in the community.
World University Service of Canada (WUSC): Queen’s is a member of WUSC, a non-profit organization in international development, committed to building a more equitable and sustainable world. WUSC works with post-secondary institutions, private-sector partners and volunteers to provide education, employment and empowerment opportunities that improve the lives of disadvantaged youth around the world. Queen’s participates in the WUSC Student Refugee Program, which helps young refugees gain access to post-secondary education at Canadian universities and colleges.
International Studies Certificate: The Certificate is available to all Queen’s undergraduate students regardless of their degree concentration, and is intended for those who wish to enhance their undergraduate degree with a formal international program of study. The Certificate combines language acquisition with cultural and interdisciplinary learning, and includes a study abroad component.
Global Action and Engagement Certificate: Queen’s is developing a new, fully online undergraduate Global Action and Engagement Certificate, and three core courses, to launch in Fall 2018. The fully online delivery model will make this program: 1) Accessible to learners across Ontario and Canada; 2) An ideal way to earn a recognized credential that demonstrates cross-cultural competencies, intellectual creativity, collaborative problem solving skills; 3) The standard for proficiencies to work/volunteer in complex global settings.
Intercultural Training for Students: The Queen’s University Intercultural Centre offers students many opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge that will help them to live and work more effectively in an intercultural setting. These include training for study abroad, training for volunteers and training to increase intercultural competence.
Intercultural Training for Staff: The Queen’s University Intercultural Centre offers many opportunities for staff to gain the skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in the university’s intercultural environment. These include the Certificate in International Perspectives, the Certificate for International Education Professionals and the International Educators Training Program.
First Year Program (Bader International Study Centre): The First Year Program at the Bader International Study Centre (the Queen’s University campus at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex) is a package specifically designed to build on the Castle’s strengths – small class sizes, vibrant community, experiential learning opportunities and international setting. The programme includes two required term-length courses, BISC 100: Thinking Locally and BISC 101: Acting Globally, whose main aim is to give students the critical skills and basic thinking frameworks that will allow them to move confidently in the rest of their studies. These interdisciplinary courses also allow students to develop the skills and knowledge to engage with their role in a globalised environment with confidence, intelligence and ambition.
Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability Summer Program (Bader International Study Centre): This program, on the cutting edge of global health and disability, offers the opportunity to ground the study of disability and health within the expanding context of global norms. Each course includes lectures, visiting scholars, and experiential learning opportunities focusing on a combination of studies in disability and policy in global health, global sport, healthcare innovation, health communication and/or mental health.