Global Citizenship Award
Nominations will be accepted for the 2016-17 Global Citizenship Award in March 2017.
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 2015-16 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: 2015-16 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.
2015-2016 Global Citizenship Award Recipients
The 2015-2016 awards were given at the 27th Annual International Dinner on April 30, 2016.
Staff award – Karen Lange
Words that describe Karen Lange: champion, supporter, advocate. During her 30 year career at the University of St. Thomas, Karen has been a champion for internationalizing St. Thomas, an advocate in upper administration for international students on campus, and a strong supporter for intercultural learning. Her personal commitment to globalizing the campus is demonstrated by her tireless presence at on-campus international events, her support and funding for Student Affairs staff to have intercultural experiences, her initiative behind cooperative on-campus programming that connects domestic and international students, her participation as a Friendship Family for many years, and her respectful relationships with international students that demonstrate both her genuine interest in learning from others and her belief in the benefits of having international students on campus. She has done an incredible job breaking down barriers and highlighting the value of intercultural learning.
Student award – Raymond Nkwain Kindva
Raymond Nkwain Kindva, an immigrant from Cameroon, is a senior biochemistry major at St. Thomas and an incredibly active student on-campus! He has presented on his country at CultureLink Tea, won the Diversity poster contest through Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, and been involved in numerous cultural student organizations [such as Globally Minded Students Association, African Nations Student Association, Black Empowered Student Alliance, Hmong United Student Association, HANA, and Justice & Peace]. He serves as the Undergraduate Student Government international student representative and within that role engaged in discussions with the administration, including the President, Provost, and Board of Trustees, sharing viewpoints of international students and students of color and proposing changes to better represent them. We recognize Raymond’s proactive and globally-minded engagement tonight and commend him for his efforts to cause change on campus and to make this a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all.
Faculty award – Xiaowen Guan
During Xiaowen Guan’s 8 years as a faculty member in the Department of Communication and Journalism, she has become known for building connections between diverse groups of students and cultivating enthusiasm around the opportunities and benefits presented by a multicultural campus. She has collaborated with the Office of International Students and Scholars and given several presentations and workshops, and she also serves on many committees advancing the university’s global mission, such as the Global and Local Engagement Advisory Board, the University Strategic Planning Task Force of Global Connections, and, most recently, the Eliminating Barriers for International Students Committee. She regularly teaches Intercultural Communication on campus and pairs students with the ELS Language Center for language and cultural exchange. Xiaowen’s example of global citizenship, demonstrated through research, teaching, and service, exemplifies respect and inclusivity of other cultures and viewpoints. Her mentoring and leadership has contributed to an increased sensitivity to global and local differences at the University of St Thomas.
Please visit St. Thomas Newsroom to read more about 2015-16 Global Citizenship Award recipients.