Global Citizenship Conference

Each year, the Melton Foundation and one of our partner universities hosts a seven-to-ten day series of activities focused on Global Citizenship. This Conference convenes about 100 Melton Fellows, faculty from participating universities, and leading Global Citizenship advocates, practitioners, and experts for three primary purposes:

  • To build a global community around Global Citizenship in order to promote the concept and its practices;
  • To further the learning and leadership development of Melton Fellows as global citizens and advocates of global citizenship; and
  • To bring global citizenship to the “grassroots” level, by working on local aspects of global issues at the host university and surrounding local community.

We achieve these goals through training and workshops on global citizenship featuring outside experts and practitioners of Global Citizenship as well as through team building, homestays, and community outreach activities.


Global Citizenship Conference 2015, Hangzhou, China

Join us September 14 – 21, 2015 at Zheijang University, Hangzhou, China, for our 2015 Global Citizenship Conference, bringing together Melton Fellows, thought leaders, and global citizenship advocates to share ideas, learn skills, forge partnerships, and act on local and global issues. And please subscribe to our email newsletter to get the latest on the upcoming conference.

Past Conferences

  • From September 29 – October 6, 2014 at Dillard University, New Orleans at the 2014 Global Citizenship Conference, Melton Fellows, thought leaders, and global citizenship advocates came together to share ideas, learn skills, forge partnerships, and act on local and global issues.

    Read more about our Springboard Sessions, one of the big highlights of the 2014 GCC, which offered the audience four powerful stories from different parts of the world; hear the results of our Idea Incubator, which helps cultivate Fellows’ creative ideas for tackling global challenges; and read other highlights from the week's events.

  • From August 2-9, the 2013 Global Citizenship Conference with the theme “Global Citizenship in Action” was co-hosted by BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore, India. About 100 global citizens from over eight countries participated to work together, learn from each other and develop new ideas for action.Melton Fellows partnered to develop new projects to . Fellows developed new skills and sought of creative ways to address some of the world's challenges - like climate change, conflict resolution, intercultural exchange, and more.

    Check out some of the ideas generated in What Global Citizens Want and find out more about our new Springboard Sessions, which we launched at the 2013 GCC.

  • The first annual Global Citizenship Conference was co-hosted by Friedrich Schiller Universität in Jena, Germany from August 20 – 26, 2012. The goal of the conference was to explore and define the concept of Global Citizenship. Through workshops on a variety of topics relating to Global Citizenship such as Multiple Identities, Ethics and Responsibility in a Global World, and more, the GCC provided real-life examples of global citizenship.

    At the 2012 GCC, the Fellows also hosted the highly successful TEDx Jena Paradies which included talks and performances by experts from around the world.

  • From 1991 to 2011 the Melton Foundation’s large annual event was its Symposium. Many of the successful learning and team-building features developed over 20 symposia have been carried over to the Global Citizenship Conference (GCC).

    Symposia brought together Fellows, students, faculty, and experts from all over the world for a weeklong Symposium at one of the Melton Foundation’s five partner universities. Every Symposium had a specific theme related to challenging global issues such as: Identity (Temuco, 2011), the re-emergence of China – China Now! (Hangzhou, 2010), Innovations (Bangalore, 2009), and Climate Change (New Orleans, 2008). Learning activities before, during, and after the Symposium enabled the Fellows to collaborate successfully across cultures, as they developed global perspectives on today's issues.

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