The virtues of citizenship are being redefined in an increasingly global society. Developing global perspective is a lifelong endeavor that begins with understanding your place in the larger world and the complexity and connectedness of our global community.
Strong communities are built on a foundation of motivated citizens. You exercise initiative by making intentional decisions, advocating for yourself, leveraging available resources, and asking for help when you need it.
Our society needs responsible citizen leadership. As a student leader in the Liberal Arts, you balance power and ability with empathy and nuance. You take on challenges to improve yourself and the circumstances of others; you inspire others through your actions and hold yourself to the highest standards.
The heart of a productive community, workforce, or academic institution is an attentive and participatory citizenry. You demonstrate engagement by getting involved, speaking up, and building connections with your peers and mentors.
Liberal Arts Citizens perceive globally, lead ethically, take initiative, and engage their communities in meaningful ways. The Liberal Arts Citizen badging program is designed to encourage and recognize the actions that demonstrate these values and skills in our Liberal Arts students. Badges in four categories - global perspective, leadership, initiative, and engagement - will help you navigate the opportunities available in the College of the Liberal Arts.
The Citizen badges can be incorporated into resumes, e-portfolios, or professional online profiles to demonstrate your achievements within the Liberal Arts community at Penn State and your potential to add value to whatever communities come next.
To become a Liberal Arts Citizen and be awarded the Citizenship meta badge, earn one badge in each category and six badges total.
Living abroad, whether for study or work, enables you to understand and appreciate other cultures and to see your own in a new way. Earn the Globalist badge by completing a six-week or longer study or intern abroad program.
You don’t have to leave home to broaden your global perspective. Earn the Culturalist badge by participating in opportunities close to home such as the Global Connections Program, or international student group events.
As a self-directed learner, you proactively prepare for meetings, identify goals, and navigate policies and procedures. Earn the Self-directed Learner badge by developing a meaningful relationship with your academic adviser and demonstrating your ability to advocate for yourself.
As an academic planner you make intentional decisions about courses, enrichment experiences, and extracurriculars to support your individual goals. Earn the Academic Planner badge by meeting with your adviser to discuss academic, personal and professional goals.
Preparing for your professional life is a part of the college experience, not just at graduation but throughout your college career. Earn the Careerist badge by taking steps early on to develop the skills and tools to take the next step post-graduation.
You are at your best as a leader when you listen to the people around you and synthesize the opinions of your community to make informed and effective decisions. Earn the Liberal Arts Champion badge by taking an active leadership role in the College of the Liberal Arts student organizations.
You become a self-aware leader by understanding your strengths and weaknesses and making intentional decisions that allow you and those around you to thrive. Earn the Self-Aware Leader badge by taking the time to learn about your strengths, weaknesses, and leadership style.
Tackling the most difficult challenges is the mark of a great leader. Earn the Fellow badge by being inducted into the Paterno Fellows Program, the most challenging and prestigious academic distinction in the College of the Liberal Arts.
College is more than a collection of courses. You are part of a community of students who are shaping life on campus and making an impact in every corner of the world. Earn the Community Volunteer badge by participating in the Penn State community as a volunteer.
Life is about connections and whether you are looking for a job or recruiting volunteers for a community event, having a network boosts your chances of success. Earn the Self-Advocate badge by creating a LinkedIn profile to build your academic, professional, and community networks.
Great storytelling allows you to bring people together and motivate them to act. Earn the Storyteller badge by participating actively and constructively in conversations on Liberal Arts Voices social media channels.