Global Citizenship is a term we are hearing more and more often, but what does it really mean? Rather than write a definition, the following is a story showing global citizenship in action.
Dr. Lynda Wilson, Deputy Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for International Nursing, visited Peru in late 2013 with the purpose of furthering the collaborative partnership between UAB School of Nursing and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in the capital city of Lima. The purpose of the visit was one of a mutual exchange of ideas, concepts and projects. Not an “us/them” kind of visit, but a visit where Dr. Wilson stepped out of her comfort zone and gave lectures in Spanish on topics the Peruvian faculty requested.
These presentations were part of the 1st International Nursing and Global Health Conference offered by the Peruvian university in celebration of the 52nd anniversary of its nursing school. The purpose of this conference was to share knowledge and reflect on global health with the goal of bettering the health of all nations, and reducing health disparities.
UAB SON has had a collaborative partnership with UPCH for several years and it was formalized in 2010. The terms of the collaboration include: 1) exchange of academic staff and researchers; 2) exchange of students; 3) collaborative research and joint academic meetings; among others.
This is just one example of global citizenship in action, modeled by UAB faculty. Future endeavors include UPCH sending faculty to the upcoming International Leadership in Health Program offered at the UAB SON in July 2014.
For more information on global opportunities for service, please visit UAB Global website or the Opportunities for Global Service in Nursing page.
Global Citizenship in Action