The Center for Global Studies & Social Justice was established in 2013 by the faculty and staff at Avila University in Kansas City, MO. Underlying this Center are some basic principles and a values-based identity as found in its Mission, Outcomes & Values.
The Center for Global Studies & Social Justice at Avila University strives to expand access to learning opportunities that prepare Avila’s students for a life of meaningful contributions to greater justice and equality within our global community. The Center accomplishes its goals by collaborating across campus and the world to integrate learning activities with social actions through: curricular and co-curricular support for Global Studies (GS) designated-courses and language study programs; coordination and sponsorship of global studies & social justice related events; partnerships with those engaged in work “for the life of the world”; and, the promotion of study abroad, international internship, and scholarship opportunities for students and faculty. In addition to playing roles in the strategic, curricular, and co-curricular responsibilities of the Center, the multi-disciplinary Affiliate Faculty engage in scholarship and teaching focusing on international and global perspectives concerning political institutions, environmental policy, ever-changing technology, and the exercise of social and material power of people.
In conjunction with Avila University’s University Core Curriculum, these Global Outcomes underlie the “Global Studies” (GS) course designations and were adopted by the Faculty Assembly at Avila University in 2013:
- Gain knowledge of different perspectives in terms of religion, natural science, health science, social science, the humanities and the arts
- Understand how location and culture help to determine our worldview
- Understand the impact of geography, history and economics on the current structures of power and privilege
Communicate using existing resources and evolving technologies to facilitate collaboration within and between our global communities
- Gain knowledge of an additional language
- Interact with people from diverse cultures and gain insight from their point of view
- Understand the meaning, implications, and consequences of social justice from a local to global scale
Advocate for a socially just global society
- Integrate learning into action and promotion for peaceful resolution to conflict
- Advocate against Prejudice, Poverty, Privilege and Oppression
- Acknowledge and assume responsibility for the ethical consequences of individual and collective action
- Shape policies that promote global economic development
Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Avila University recognizes and upholds the following statements of the Congregations of St. Joseph (CSJ):
We commit to ask in every deliberation, “How does this decision/action impact the Earth community?”
We commit to deepen awareness of our mutuality with all people in order to transform our world views and educate ourselves in ways that challenge our world views.
We commit to walk with those who are marginalized, especially those who are economically poor, as an essential lens in sharing resources and evaluating and forming partnerships.
~From CSJ Collaboration 2013