Global Citizenship Award
Nominations are being accepted for the 2015-16 Global Citizenship Award.
The award is open to all faculty (including adjunct), staff and students of the University of St. Thomas with the exception of international programs staff members, who are excluded from receiving the award.
The University of St. Thomas Global Citizenship Award honors a member(s) of the St. Thomas community whose personal or professional work brings the concept of global citizenship to their department, classroom, residence hall or student club.
Any St. Thomas faculty, staff, student or alumnus may nominate a member of the campus community (including self-nomination). The deadline for nomination has been EXTENDED to Friday, April 1.
A completed nomination form is required and must be submitted by the deadline. A nomination form can be downloaded here: GCA Nomination Form.
Candidates must demonstrate global citizenship through one or more of the following criteria:
- Consistent efforts to be respectful and inclusive of other cultures and viewpoints
- Contributions that improve the climate at the University of St. Thomas for other cultures and people
- Connections made between the University of St. Thomas community and the world
The staff of the international programs is comprised of the offices of International Students & Scholars, International Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Study Abroad, ELS Language Center, and the Center for Global & Local Engagement. International programs staff will select a candidate or candidates from the nominations submitted.
The presentation of the award(s) will be made at the 27th Annual International Dinner that will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016. Recipients will be notified of their award by letter and will receive two tickets to the dinner, where they will receive a certificate and a desktop award globe.
2014-2015 Global Citizenship Award Recipients
The 2014-2015 awards were given at the 26th Annual International Dinner on April 25, 2015.
Natacha Abueno Eguida
Natacha Abueno Eguida, an international student from Togo, is a Biology major and a St. Thomas senior. She has also lived in Tunisia, Rwanda, and Senegal. After graduation, her goal is to attend medical school in the United States, which is extremely challenging for an international student, but Natacha perseveres. It is clear to the award committee that by her nature and in her actions, Natacha embodies the St. Thomas mission. She is a diplomatic speaker, a critical thinker, an excellent listener, a tireless advocate, and a responsible leader. During her time here, she has been a true Tommie! She served as an International Student Mentor and an International Orientation Leader, holds leadership positions in the Globally Minded Student Association and the African Nations Student Association, and is the current International Student Representative in the Undergraduate Student Government. Her nominator declares, “She is constantly engaging in conversations to improve the St. Thomas community and enhance intercultural awareness. By being such an advocate for these students and in leadership positions at UST, she helps advance the common good of the St. Thomas community.”
Suzanne Donsky has worked at UST for 22 years, both in the Writing Center and as an adjunct faculty member in the English Department. Her compassion and her dedication to assisting multilingual students in their transition into US academic life is truly inspiring. She helped develop and teach the sheltered ESL sections of core English classes, is actively involved in TESOL and MinneTESOL, serves on the Leaders for Literacy planning committee, volunteers on the Fulbright campus committee, and was a founding member of the committee that planned the Breaking Barriers Conference for several years. She strives tirelessly to incorporate others’ expertise into her classes and to advocate for the students she teaches. She works closely with Academic Counseling and International Student Services to assist her students with academic and personal issues. She invites professionals from other areas on campus, such as Academic Counseling, Wellness, and Counseling and Psychological Services, into her classroom. She meets with Writing Across the Curriculum faculty to make sure ESL student needs are being addressed. Despite all of this, Suzanne is also engaged off-campus. She teaches ESL classes at Augsburg and in the TEFL program at Hamline. She attends and presents at local conferences, recently speaking on universal design – how faculty members can make their classes more accessible to all students, especially multilingual learners. Her nominator says, “Suzanne is constantly trying to find new ideas and best practices for multilingual students back at UST.”