TCS Global Distinction

The TCS Global Distinction program bonds the entire TCS community around our mission, providing concrete opportunities for recognition of global engagement for all members of the TCS family.

Program Description

The TCS Global Distinction program asks applicants to commit to a globally focused career by participating in international education opportunities, and reflecting upon the value of an international perspective in work and study. As part of the TCS mission, TCS students and staff are called to become agents of change and serve the global community. Global agents of change are innovative, open minded and selfless in their work. They actively contribute to the shrinking of cultural divides by learning to understand themselves in the context of the world today and use this knowledge to effectively engage with culturally diverse groups. Agents of change understand how economic, cultural and political global trends shape our world and work toward correcting inequities.


Members of the TCS community (students, faculty and staff) are invited to apply to receive Global Distinction. Successful applicants will receive a notation of distinction to add to an official transcript and/or professional resume, and be recognized and honored throughout the TCS community.


The distinction has the following components:

  1. Experience
  2. Academics
  3. Final Project


Applicants must first apply to be a part of the program by using this form.

Staff applicants must be nominated by their supervisor before applying. Supervisors should use this form to make a nomination.

Please see requirements to read more about each applicant category and specific deadlines.

Info Sessions

Global Distinction for Staff has launched! These informational sessions are for STAFF ONLY.


Click to register:


Friday, September 18: 1 PM PDT/3 PM CDT/ 4 PM EDT


Wednesday, September 23: 1 PM PDT/ 3 PM CDT/ 4 PM EDT

Requirements

Distinction requirements vary for students, faculty, and staff.

Students

Global Distinction is a structured opportunity for students completing a degree at a TCS affiliate to be recognized for commitment to the pursuit of an advanced skill set acquired through intentional participation in globally focused programs throughout their educational journey.

1) Experience: Attend 4 TCS GLOBE Talks and submit a GLOBE Talk Reflection Form for each. With prior approval, applicants may choose to substitute 1 GLOBE Talk with an international recruitment or exchange activity.

2) Academics:

Choose 1:

  • Complete a course that includes international engagement.
  • Attend a study abroad program or field experience
  • Attend at least 50% of the annual GEO Summit

3) Final Project: Capstone paper on the impact of global exposure in one’s educational journey and application to current and future professional activity. Papers should be no more than 5 pages and include references in APA format.


Timeline:

Students may complete distinction requirements at any time. To allow sufficient time for review, graduating students must abide by the following deadlines to receive distinction ahead of their graduation ceremony:

Fall 2020: 11/17/2020

Spring 2021: 3/30/2021

Summer 2021: 6/16/2021


Faculty

Global Distinction is a structured opportunity for faculty across the TCS community to be recognized for their commitment to providing a global perspective to TCS students.

1) Experience:

Choose One:

  • Attend 4 TCS GLOBE Talks and submit a GLOBE Talk Reflection Form for each. Applicants may choose to substitute 1 GLOBE Talk with an international recruitment or exchange activity.

2) Academics:

Choose One:

  • Teach a globally focused course or micro-program that includes global engagement
  • Lead a ground or virtual study abroad program or field experience 
  • Earn and complete international grant

3) Final Project: Presentation at International Education Week in November incorporating global engagement within a professional context.


Timeline: Faculty may complete distinction at any time within their employment.

Staff

Global Distinction is a structured opportunity for staff across the TCS community to be recognized for their commitment to supporting a global perspective from their own functional area. Staff applicants for distinction must be nominated by their supervisor to participate as a staff cohort. A new cohort will be formed at the beginning of each fiscal year.

1) Experience:

  • Attend 4 GLOBE Talks and complete a GLOBE Talk Reflection Form for each. Attend enhanced discussion sessions for the staff distinction cohort.

2) Academics:

  • Cohort leads a session at the annual GEO Summit

4) Final Project:

  • Cohort participates in a globally focused service project.


Timeline: Staff distinction participants must form an annual cohort, the timeline is as follows:

  • By September 15, 2020: Supervisors nominate staff participants, nominated staff complete applications
  • October 2020: Inaugural cohort announced
  • October 2020- May 2021: Cohort works toward distinction, participants submit final papers
  • May 2021: Distinction awarded upon committee review. New cycle begins.

Process: Steps to Distinction

  1. Apply for the program as soon as possible. Staff applicants must first be nominated by their supervisor.
  2. Complete the requirements.
  3. Complete final project. Student capstone papers should be submitted on this site.
  4. Committee Review of Candidacy




Contact Global Engagement with questions: globalengagement@tcsedsystem.edu