Global Scholars Virtual Capstone Symposium Highlights Student Experiences
The Nash Community College Global Scholars program held a virtual capstone for its Spring 2022 graduates. Each graduate created a website to showcase his or her experience in the Global Scholars Program.
Through the Global Scholars program at NCC, students develop global competencies and skills needed to be successful in today’s global economy. The program focuses on discovering what it means to be a global citizen and how students can apply this knowledge to their academic and professional endeavors. Upon completion of program requirements, students earn the identification of Global Scholar on their transcripts and receive specialized regalia for graduation.
Diana Campos-Carreon will graduate with an Associate in Science degree and plans to continue her education at Meredith College to major in Biology. “It is important to be a global citizen in order to better understand and interact with those around you,” she said. “I decided to make globalization a part of my educational studies at Nash Community College to learn how to interact in a world that is so diverse and interconnected.” As part of her program requirements, Campos-Carreon completed a domestic immersion project that focused on the lack of doctor availability and other difficulties accessing healthcare in Mexico. Click to view her website: Diana Campos-Carreon
James Flowers, II, a Cybersecurity major, traveled with NCC Study Abroad to Peru in 2018 for his immersion requirement for Global Scholars. “It is important for everyone to be a global citizen,” he said. “I am thankful for the exposure to travel and see the world for myself, while also taking global courses to prepare myself for what is ahead.” His global immersion project involved traveling to Honduras during the summer of 2021 with a group called Sparrow Missions. Click to view his website: James Flowers II
After graduating from NCC with her Associate in Science degree, Meixing Liu plans to transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill to double major in biology and chemistry with a minor in neuroscience. “Global Scholars create an inclusive community,” Liu said. “People begin to appreciate cultural differences once they learn to embrace their self-identity and interact with other distinct minds.” Liu researched and explored the impact of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for her domestic immersion project. Click to visit her website: Meixing Liu
All of this year’s graduates were honored with special cords and will receive a UNC Worldview certificate at the Spring Commencement Ceremony.
To earn the Global Scholars distinction, students complete 15 credit hours with a minimum of a C in courses designated as globally intensive. They participate in eight global activities and 30 hours of global experience through travel abroad and/or domestic intercultural experience or service. Each student shares a capstone presentation related to their global learning experience and participation in the Global Scholars program.
The purpose of the capstone presentation is to provide a space in which students can demonstrate their knowledge and application of the global awareness they gained while completing the Global Scholars program at Nash Community College. During the presentations, students highlighted their understanding of diverse perspectives and their role as global citizens. They discussed key takeaways from their globally intense courses, global activities and global immersion. Their final goal was to detail their experiences and discuss how this knowledge can be transferred to their career and/or experience at a four-year college or university.
The Global Scholars program is a collaboration between NCC and UNC World View designed to help students discover, connect and engage in the world around them. Through the program, students develop global competencies and skills needed to be successful in today’s global economy. The program focuses on discovering what it means to be a global citizen and how students can apply this knowledge to their academic and professional endeavors.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nashcc.edu/gps.