The 13th : June 2012, Manila, Philippines 2012-06-01

Staff and Student Conference Theme : Global Citizenship : Challenges, Opportunities and Responses


The 13th APSSA International Conference Manila 2012

and the 16th PAASA National Convention and 3rd International Conference


Global Citizenship: Challenges, Opportunities and Responses

With the widening and deepening of worldwide interconnectedness, there is reconfiguration of citizen’s social space which strongly influences identity and community. As the nature of the society’s map changes, then its elements -- culture, politics and social psychology --- also transform. One important lens to view this changing environment is global citizenship. It is an ethical disposition by which citizens are given an understanding of local and global contexts and are reminded of their responsibilities to act with awareness of the global community and recognize their role as well as their rights as global citizens. It is therefore imperative that citizens are able to approach problems as members of global society. Citizenship which is embedded in an interconnected world challenges us to define ourselves in a much broader context, to expand our concept of citizen identity to include global identity. Being part of a global world places emphasis on the need for citizens to understand, accept and endure cultural differences. Thus the primary task is to help citizens recognize that global challenges are part of our individual and social responsibility. Global citizenship requires the internationalization of a set of civic ethics or values. The entire structure of the school, including the student affairs, must be reviewed towards the development of a more relevant and responsive programs.


This conference will focus on the challenge of global citizenship in the realm of student affairs. There are four important aspects for review in student affairs, namely, evolving culture and philosophy of student affairs, student learning and leadership development in a globalized world, environmental realities and inter-generational responsibility and intercultural competencies.