About Us

About Us

The Centre for Global Citizenship, Education & Inclusion (GCEI) encourages students to engage in transformative education for social good through global citizenship learning. It is also committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination and harassment by creating an environment of inclusion in teaching, learning, employment and support services. The Centre for GCEI works collaboratively with faculty and students to build an infrastructure to embed global citizenship, equity and human rights principles throughout the academic experience.

It also works to actively engage Centennial College and the wider community in transformative learning through a social justice lens to further develop inclusive working and learning environments, foster new essential skills for an evolving global economy and encourage civic action for social good.

Centennial College recognizes the value of the diverse perspectives that students bring with them, and leverages these within an international education program to provide Centennial graduates with a distinct advantage in the global job market.

Global citizenship and Equity (GCE) education at Centennial prepares students to take on the challenges of today's world and develop valuable job skills they can demonstrate through a digital portfolio to help them stand out with employers.

The Signature Learning Experience

Centennial College’s Signature Learning Experience (SLE) is a commitment to provide students with an education that opens up a world of knowledge beyond the skills of the career for which they are studying. This distinctive educational experience integrates the principles of global citizenship, social justice, and equity and prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace.

The Centre works to actualize the following SLE commitments: Integrating Global Citizenship and Equity learning outcomes into all programs; supporting students in the development of a Global Citizenship & Equity portfolio for career success; and the training of faculty and staff on issues of global citizenship, equity, inclusion and social justice.

Internationalization and Centennial College

The Centre of GCEI works collaboratively to implement college-wide internationalized curricular and co-curricular learning initiatives; the Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experiences (GCELEs); research and scholarship; and many active social justice initiatives. We also work with faculty to further adopt innovative pedagogical practices in the classroom that advance students' global skills to further prepare them for the global economy.

Dr. Hans De Wit refers to internationalization as "... the intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions, and delivery of post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff and to make a meaningful contribution to society." - Dr. Hans De Wit, Centre for Higher Education Internationalization at Boston College, 2015.

Our Mandate

The Centre works to actively engage Centennial College and the wider community in transformative learning through a social justice lens to further develop inclusive working and learning environments, foster new essential skills for an evolving global economy and encourage civic action for social good.

Our Approach

The Centre recognizes that equity and inclusion can only be achieved by sharing the responsibility with all levels of the college. Our equity and inclusion approach utilizes the following four principles:

1

Social Justice

It is understood as a process, not an outcome, which seeks fair (re) distribution of resources, opportunities and responsibilities. It challenges the roots of oppression and injustice and empowers all people to exercise self-determination and realize their full potential and builds social solidarity and community capacity for collaborative action.

2

Intersectionality

promotes an understanding of human beings as shaped by the interaction of different social locations (race, gender, sexuality, etc.). These interactions occur within a context of connected systems and structures of power (laws, policies, media, etc.). Through such processes, interdependent forms of privilege and oppression shaped by colonialism, imperialism, racism, homophobia, ableism and patriarchy are created.

3

Accountability

through education and awareness. The Centre builds on accountability measures at all levels of the college. Establishing expectations for all levels of the college.

4

Inform Policy & Practice

will be at the core of what we do. The Centre recognizes that change will not occur unless it is systemic. Therefore, we endeavour to work collaboratively to inform policies and practices at the college to improve equity and inclusion.

Contact Us

For more information about global citizenship, equity, inclusion and social entrepreneurship and your rights and responsibilities with regards to discrimination and harassment, please contact us.

The Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Inclusion
941 Progress Ave., Scarborough, ON, M1G 3T8 (Rm B2-12)
416-289-5000 ext. 2464
gcei@centennialcollege.ca

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