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Citizen Diplomacy Award

National Top 10 Program | Global Citizenship Diplomacy


Program Mission

San José State University is the leading public institution of higher education in Silicon Valley, a diverse and innovative region that is one of the leading centers of the modern world.  The SJSU Salzburg Program was established in 2005 by Dr. William Reckmeyer and Dr. Mark Novak to significantly enhance the university’s education of global citizens - people who know how to both live and work in a rapidly-changing complex world - by promoting a more intentionally strategic approach to connecting the dots and building bridges among random acts of globalization on campus.  The Program’s core mission is to develop a critical mass of collaborative change agents throughout the campus who work together on activities that transcend institutional silos to advance this strategic priority.


Program Overview

Honored as one of the country’s “Top 10 Programs on Global Citizen Diplomacy” in American higher education by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy, NAFSA, and the United States Department of State in 2010, the SJSU Salzburg Program was created through a long-term partnership between San José State and the Global Citizenship Program (GCP) at the  Salzburg Global Seminar.  The Seminar, which has been one of the world’s leading forums for dialogues about significant international concerns ever since Margaret Mead chaired Session #1 in 1947, convenes a broad mix of intensive sessions that enable the free exchange of ideas, informed discussions, diverse viewpoints, and creative solutions in a neutral cross-cultural environment.

Each year the SJSU Salzburg Program selects a group of faculty, staff, and administrators to serve as SJSU Salzburg Fellows and a group of students to serve as SJSU Salzburg Scholars.  Both groups are sent to a GCP session each summer, either a faculty/admin session or a student session, following which they are expected to spend the subsequent academic year working together on a mix of individual and group projects to help globalize the University through the SJSU Salzburg Mentoring Program.  They also have opportunities to participate in various Program activities during the academic year—including guest talks by visiting experts on global issues, special events like the SJSU Cultural Showcase, interdisciplinary panels and events during SJSU International Week, and special invitation-only opportunities like a Provost’s Honors Seminar.


Program Administration

The Program is administered by a small Leadership Team composed of Salzburg Fellows and Scholars, funded by support from a varying mix of university and auxiliary Sponsors on campus, and assisted by the university's DBH Communications Agency.