Valencia Global Distinction (VGD)

Thank you for interest in Valencia College's Global Distinction (VGD)!

The mission of 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.

By the end of the program students will be able to...

  • demonstrate an awareness of the interconnectedness of Local and Global Issues.
  • identify issues from cross-cultural perspectives.
  • engage effectively in cross-cultural interactions.

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Location
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  • Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Fri 8 a.m. - 12 noon
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Complete the Intent to Graduate with VGD Distinction online submission form before the application deadline for your term of graduation.

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Program Pathway

Prospective students can choose between two pathways for completion of the program. 

Tier #1 – Global Ambassador

In order to become a Global Ambassador, students are required to complete Milestones 1 and 2 in the VGD Canvas space.

  • Milestone 1 includes program overview and orientation activities
  • Milestone 2 includes internationalized course requirements and co-curricular requirements
    Note: VGD requires to complete 4 (four) internationalized courses from the VGD Course List and 15 co-curricular points. Check the Global Ambassador Handbook for more information.

Upon completion of Tier #1, the SAGE Office will provide students with a certificate of completion, small graduation gift, and would be glad to provide a letter of recommendation for any future endeavors.  Please see the  Global Ambassador Handbook for more details.

Tier #2 – Global Citizen

In order to become a Global Citizen, students are required to complete Milestones 1-3 in the VGD Canvas space.

  • Milestone 1 includes program overview and orientation activities
  • Milestone 2 includes internationalized course requirements and co-curricular requirements
  • Milestone 3 includes a capstone project in consultation with a VGD Advisor
    Note: VGD requires to complete 4 (four) internationalized courses from the VGD Course List and 15 co-curricular points. In addition, students need to complete a capstone project and a short presentation. Check the Global Citizen Handbook for more information.

Upon completion of Tier #2, the SAGE Office will provide students with a certificate of completion, small graduation gift, and would be glad to provide a letter of recommendation for any future endeavors. In addition, students will receive a medallion that can be worn at graduation and a Global Distinction notation on their official transcript.  Please see the  Global Citizen Handbook for more details.

 

How to Enroll

If you are interested in becoming a VGD student, please complete the following:

  • 1Enroll in the program by completing our online form. We recommend you upload your unofficial transcript so a staff member can verify your course history.
  • 2You will receive a Welcome Email with instructions on how to self-enroll in the VGD Canvas space. Please read the descriptions for the two VGD tiers and decide which pathway you would like to pursue.
About VGD

The History of the Distinction
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. The program, therefore, provides Valencia students with the opportunity to learn and practice the principles of how to live in and contribute to a growing interdependent and multicultural world. Its brief history, reflects not just the dedication of a group of faculty and administrators to bring this program into fruition, but also Valencia's commitment to global learning and experiences.

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Course List
 

The Global Distinction approved courses listed count towards your internationalized course requirements.

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Use the Credit Class Schedule Search to find VGD approved internationalized courses.

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Student Capstone Projects

Please see below a few sample capstone presentations from past VGD students.  Capstone projects are the culminating reflection where our students can highlight the knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained throughout the program.  Click on the hyperlinked documents to see the presentations.

Fighting Global Issues from Home
by Carla Reyes

 Ocean Pollution, a Global Environmental
Crisis Worsened by COVID-19
by Nadia N. Vidal Difre

Water Scarcity by Staphana Edouard

Less Ego, More Eco in Our System by Paige Bero

VGD Advisors

NamePosition
Wayne BartAcademic Advisor
Aby BoumarateProfessor, English
Tammy GittoProfessor, Humanities
Jerry HenselProfessor, Comp Prgrm/Analy
Beth KingLibrarian
Vivian RuizProfessor, English
Melissa SchreiberProfessor, Biology