Diverse TWC Community Holds Global Citizenship Day

Diverse TWC Community Holds Global Citizenship Day

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Christian Holm
April 29, 2015

More than 400 spring interns hosted the biggest international event of the semester on Friday, April 24 as The Washington Center celebrated Global Citizenship Day.

 

Students represented their native countries most closely held traditions, providing the TWC community with cultural displays showcasing each nation’s finest cuisine, art and traditions. Following small group breakout sessions discussing international issues, students represented their countries in a global talent show.

 

John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, gave the day’s keynote address, encouraging students to think about the qualities that make a global leader. Strangfeld described how his modest but persistent academic and personal development contributed to a sense of hard work and dedication that helped him lead a global institution.

 

“If you’re not at least a little bit nervous and unsure of yourself at times, you’re probably not learning anything. Learning isn’t supposed to be easy,” he said.

Following the presentation, students met in small breakout sessions to discuss several international issues.

 

Global Citizenship Day, sponsored by the Prudential Foundation, highlights the importance of global citizenship and also serves as a tool for the entire TWC student body to enhance their cross-cultural skills in order to make an impact in the world. This program aims to educate students on what it means to be a global citizen, recognize the importance of global skills needed in the 21st century workforce and start formulating the role they can play in a global community. This semester’s cohort of students come from 47 states and 20 countries, making this TWC community one of the most diverse groups in TWC history.

 

To view photos from Global Citizenship Day, click here

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