• Global Citizen Award

Global Citizen Awards

Deadline to submit a nomination for 2018: February 15, 2018. 

The Global Citizen Award is awarded to up to two outstanding students who have been actively engaged in intercultural initiatives and/or who have exemplified leadership in promoting and supporting a global community among Florida State University students.

The Global Citizen Award is presented each year at FSU's Leadership Awards Night in Spring in the Union Ballrooms. Students can be nominated by faculty, staff, or their peers. Nominees must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be either currently enrolled at FSU, or enrolled during the Fall Semester of the 2017-2018 academic year;
  • Be in good academic standing and in good standing with the university (or graduated in December 2017);
  • Demonstrate leadership in fostering a global community and interaction among cultures at FSU and/or promote and actively engage in opportunities that encourage students to develop global awareness and understanding;
  • Have not previously received this award.

Click here to fill Out the nomination form

  • Marcella Cavallaro

    2016 Recipient

    Marcella Cavallaro, a senior majoring in Visual Disabilities Education. She has worked at the CGE for three years, is the former President of the InternatioNole student group, and serves on the board for Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. As one nominator said, “She is always willing to go out of her way to make sure international students feel welcome and cared for, and she actively engages in leadership to celebrate each culture.”

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  • Jesse Smith-Appleson

    2016 Recipient

    Jesse Smith-Appleson, a senior Sociology major with a wide range of cross-cultural engagement, including volunteer service in Nicaragua, a Social Science Scholar research internship in Paraguay, an internship working with Latino farmworker youth, involvement with FSU’s Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights’ Farmworker Committee, and her work with the Center for Global Engagement as a student assistant. 

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  • Ye Wang

    2016 Recipient

    Ye Wang, a doctoral student in Educational Psychology. Wang has volunteered to assist new international students to ease their transition to life at FSU and is ever-present at intercultural events on campus. He has had a campus-wide impact through his service to the Asian American Student Union (AASU) as he works to bridge the gap between FSU’s international students and AASU members.


  • Austin Wisdom

    2015 Recipient

    Austin Wisdom double majored in International Affairs and Latin-American Caribbean Studies. From supporting anti-human trafficking efforts to hosting holiday meals for exchange students and helping international students improve their English skills, Austin’s nominator sums it up well: Austin “has been selfless… in his commitment to serving the international community.”

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  • Daniela Donoso

    2015 Recipient

    Daniela Donoso double majored in Economics and International Affairs. Daniela worked as a Peer Mentor, leading and living alongside FSU exchange students from China, South Korea, Japan, Mexico and Canada. She also served as Community Outreach Chair for AIRR, Advocates for Immigrants and Refugee Rights, and Volunteer Coordinator for FSU’s Chapter of the International Justice Mission.

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  • Parth Vakil

    2014 Recipient

    Parth Vakil received his doctoral degree in Chemistry. In addition to serving as International Student Advocate with the Congress of Graduate Students and Vice President of the student organization InternatiNole, Parth presented interactive talks about his home country of Kenya to local schools as a Global Ambassador, assisted in organizing a TEDxFSU event, and represented FSU at the Florida International Leadership Conference.


  • Matthew Vedrin

    2014 Recipient

    Matthew Vedrin received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as an International student Peer Mentor and Critical Skills Mentor in the CGE and advocated for international exchange at the College of Engineering. He went on an exchange to Jonkoping University in Sweden and spend a semester in Brazil collaborating with Brazilian students on a joint senior design project in sustainable energy.


  • Marlene Baldeweg-Rau

    2013 Recipient

    Marlene Baldeweg-Rau received a bachelor's degree in Editing, Writing, and Media. She went the extra mile to make people feel welcomed. Marlene used her cross-cultural experiences to educate and motivate others. She studied abroad in Germany and served as Vice President of InternatioNole.


  • Paige Dabney

    2013 Recipient

    Paige Dabney received her bachelor's degree in International Affairs. She volunteered as a conversation partner with the Center for Intensive English Studies, presented sessions at the Multicultural Leadership Summit and Going Global, represented FSU as a participant at FILC, assisted with Global Café, and served as director of public relations and treasurer for InternatioNole.


  • Pradiip Alvarez

    2012 Recipient

    Pradiip Alvarez received his bachelor's degree in physics and astrophysics. Pradiip played a central role in encouraging other Venezuelan and international students at the Panama Canal campus to take advantage of the opportunity to study at the FSU main campus in Tallahassee. In 2011, Pradiip represented FSU at the Florida International Leadership Conference.

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  • John Sheetz

    2012 Recipient

    John Sheetz earned his graduate degree from the College of Social Work. Prior to studying at FSU, John served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ukraine for four years.  At FSU John studied abroad in South Africa, interned with the Catholic Charities Refugee Services, and completed the Global Pathways Certificate – Human Rights track.

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  • James Arinaitwe

    2011 Recipient


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  • Khadijah Gray

    2011 Recipient


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  • Dustin Daniels

    2011 Recipient


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  • Safiah Afify

    2011 Recipient


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  • Marie LeBlanc

    2010 Recipient


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