As we hit the midpoint of the Spring 1 term, Roger Dusing continues our series on Living Our Core Values with a look at GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP.
Visit our archives to read other posts in the series – on ACCOUNTABILITY, CIVILITY and RESPECT and EXCELLENCE.
We celebrate GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP through our connected learning and working environment, as well as community stewardship
Park University has a rich heritage of connecting learning and working. Our original students worked in lieu of paying tuition. They cooked the food, washed the clothes, and built the buildings; all while earning their academic degrees. There is a tradition of service and stewardship.
One of the great things about working for Park today is that we are surrounded by our customers every day. Many employees and their families are also customers. These connections allow us to provide “learning” to our students while we are also learners ourselves. We learn more about academic disciplines through research – we learn more about teaching, customer service, and managing through practice and training. We are embraced by an environment steeped in learning, working, and service. We are citizens of Park University, and of the global universe that surrounds us.
Citizenship, in all forms, is a blessing. It means that you are entitled to the benefits and protections of being part of an organization that shares common values and beliefs. Citizens are connected through friendships and work relationships, and through their common objectives. Citizens can expect to be treated as partners, compatriots, and colleagues.
However, citizenship comes with price. That price is the responsibility (or accountability) to act as a citizen – to dedicate your efforts for the greater good – to put the needs of the organization above your personal needs – to express your opinions constructively – to give as much as you receive.
As citizens of Park University, we must also recognize that what we have to give is also needed by others outside of our University. We are also obligated, as both individuals and as a whole, to be citizens of the world, and to give back and serve the communities around us.
I searched for quotes about citizenship and the some of my favorites are below, but best one came from a first-grade reading/social studies lesson:
What is a good citizen? A good citizen is someone who respects others and their property. He/she is helpful and considerate, willing to put others first. He/she listens to the views of others and thinks about what they have to say. He/she helps people who are not in a position to help themselves. He/she respects the environment and does not damage it any way. He/she works hard. He/she is well mannered and pleasant. He/she is always willing to learn.
As citizens of Park University, what better model could we have as global citizens, than to act like First Graders?
Some additional quotes on Citizenship
The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Citizenship is a sense of belonging to a community for which one bears a responsibility.
Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.