Thank you for interest in Valencia College's Global Distinction (VGD)!
A global citizen is curious and eager to learn about the dynamics of a growing world community. The goal of Valencia's Global Distinction (VGD) is to prepare students to live and work in an interdependent and multicultural world, while having the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a competent global citizen. This preparation includes:
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Complete the Intent to Graduate with VGD Distinction online submission form before the application deadline for your term of graduation.Submit Intent to Graduate
In order to successfully earn the Valencia Global Distinction, students must work with a mentor to complete the following:
All students will receive a medallion and a Global Distinction notation on their official transcript.
Review the approved list of courses that can count toward your 15 credit hours.
Use the Credit Class Schedule Search to search for VGD supporter courses.
Education and its Role on Global Economy by Alina Rivera-Campo
A Global Approach to Improving Mental Health at Home by Jennifer Tolliver
In order to successfully earn your distinction, complete all the required steps, including 15 co-curricular hours. How to earn co-curricular hours towards the distinction? Please see below:
Additional activities, either on or off-campus, may be approved by a Global Distinction mentor. Ask your mentor for more information. Some examples of off-campus activities are:
Also, please access the co-curricular activities online document to found more information. If you see something going on locally that you think should be an approved event, send it to your mentor for approval!
Access the Valencia's Global Distinction online calendar here: View All
Humanities professor at Valencia College. As an instructor at Valencia, Tammy has had the opportunity to partake in research, through grants and endowments, at the NYC Public Library division of Baltic and Slavic studies via and National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as research in Brazil, Paris, and Cuba. Tammy is a native New Yorker, and received both Bachelors and Master’s degrees from SUNY Stony Brook. While completing her undergraduate degree, she had the opportunity to study in Siena, Italy. During the past few years, Tammy has been able to embark on several study abroad journeys with approximately one hundred students during the past years.
Beth King is the West Campus Mentor for Valencia Global Distinction. She loves travel and research and is also a librarian. Find her in the West Campus library for VGD advice, research help, and random international information
Professor of English and Holocaust Studies has been teaching at Valencia for almost two decades. Aby, understands the regimen to reach across cultures and has contributed immensely to the development and growth of Valencia’s Global Distinction. As a member of the INZ (Internationalizing the Curriculum) committee, he served as the program’s first mentor, which enabled him to work with college-wide VGD students to complete their capstone and successfully graduate with Valencia’s Global Distinction.
Mr. B. is committed to fostering a collegewide culture of global engagement, which has led him to collaborate with multiple college/local organizations and The Holocaust Memorial Resource Center. Additionally, he continues to facilitate workshops and invite special guests to give presentations and interact with students. In the last few years, these guests included Holocaust/genocide survivors, global artists, and renowned scholars.
This commitment to global education is an integral part of his teaching philosophy, which centers on three key tenets: opportunity, simplicity, and community. His goal is to assist students in embracing their membership in the global learning community while developing higher critical thinking skills in such a simplified manner that integrates innovative and productive methods to highlight the centuries-old belief that "education is fun."