The Global Citizenship Student Award is presented annually by Macalester College and the Institute for Global Citizenship to the graduating senior who best demonstrates a commitment to the ideals and practice of high academic performance, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. This may be demonstrated through student work in a broad range of majors and disciplines, and the selection committee hopes the applicant pool will reflect diverse representation from the Humanities, Sciences, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences.
This year, there were three finalists for the Global Citizenship Student Award. Abas Noor ’13 cofounded the student Global Health organization and worked at the Minnesota AIDS Project. Rebecca Jackson ’13 has been an active member and co-chair of the student organization Adelante!, which organized around the DREAM Act. Cecilia Angela Martinez-Miranda ’13 cofounded WE International Philippines (WEIP), an NGO that works with garbage scavengers from the Smokey Mountain, in Tondo, Manila.
Eberzhon, a Davis scholar, came to Macalester after two years at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy. In an attempt to build better connections between international and domestic students at Mac, this sociology and international studies major helped start a program called Ametrica. In this program, students go through a pre-orientation together and continue to meet weekly to discuss topics such as family, relationships, politics, religion, and more. “We have the capacity to reach beyond borders,” says Eberzhon. “Even if it’s something small we’re doing here, we can make big changes.”
Westenley Alcenat '10 was a political science and history major from Haiti who came to the U.S. after being orphaned in his home country. At Macalester he spearheaded a fundraising effort to aid Haiti in the aftermath of the January earthquake and was one of two student speakers at Macalester's recent Civic Forum. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Columbia University.
2009 - Shantee Rosado
Shantee, a double major in sociology and psychology, impressively articulated her views on global citizenship in an intellectual, yet deeply personal fashion, tying her extensive culturally focused work in communities from South Minneapolis to Fiji to her development as a student and leader.
Rosado shares her views on global citizenship and her aspirations for life after Macalester.