• Global Citizen Award

Global Citizen Awards

Deadline to submit a nomination for 2022: TBA

The Global Citizen Award honors outstanding students who have actively engaged in intercultural initiatives on campus or abroad and who have exemplified leadership in promoting and supporting a global community among Florida State University students. Photos of winners of the award will be added to the Global Citizen Award wall in The Globe.

Students can be nominated by faculty, staff, or their peers. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Exemplify leadership in fostering a global community at FSU
  • Support diverse cultures on campus or in the community by contributing to a welcoming environment
  • Be currently enrolled during the spring semester at FSU and in good academic standing

Click here to fill Out the nomination form

  • Chanelle Dupuis

    2020 Recipient

    Chanelle Dupuis is a senior studying French and Spanish. She has fostered a global community at FSU through her leadership of La Table Français, an RSO at FSU that promotes the understanding, study, and appreciation of the French language and Francophone cultures. Under her leadership, the group's membership increased from 5 to over 150 in three years. She has also extensively researched and advocated for endangered languages in the Amazon through “Amazon Week” at FSU. She approaches the Francophone and Amazonian worlds from a non-dominant American perspective, a skill any global citizen should practice. 

    Chanelle Dupuis
  • Alexander Alvarado

    2020 Recipient

    Alexander Alvarado is a senior studying International Affairs. He has served as the President of the Dominican Student Association and FSU’s chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity. His leadership and service include CARE, the International Rescue Committee, and three separate internships with non-profit organizations in India, the Dominican Republic, and France. As an employee and student leader in the Center for Global Engagement, he consistently strives to create a welcoming environment for students.

    Alexander Alvarado
  • Vivianne Asturizaga

    2019 Recipient

    Vivianne Asturizaga, a doctoral student from Bolivia studying musicology, has used her boundless energy and passion for sharing her culture to foster intercultural connections between students and music organizations at FSU and around the world. Through music, Vivianne brings the culture of Bolivia and other Latin American countries to FSU and Tallahassee. As the leader of FSU's Andean Ensemble, Vivianne teaches students how to play instruments and music from the South American Central Andes. Read More

    Vivianne Asturizaga
  • Allison Lang

    2019 Recipient

    Allison Lang, a senior studying political science and international affairs, has supported international students and internationalization initiatives at FSU since arriving in fall 2015. In addition to working on the Center for Global Engagement's intercultural programming team, supporting international students upon arrival at orientation and throughout the academic school year, and serving as the Global Ambassador Program coordinator, she has served as a mentor in the Global Nole program, providing incoming Global Exchange students with a real glimpse into her life as an American college student. Read More

    Allison Lang
  • William Vince Dewar

    2018 Recipient

    Dewar, a senior studying international affairs, has made significant contributions to the FSU community and beyond as a leader with the Tallahassee Haiti Medical Team. Under Dewar’s leadership since 2010, the Tallahassee Haiti Medical team has taken nine medical missions to Haiti, each of which included 15 or more American volunteers. In Haiti, he established a clean water program and managed a local staff of more than 10. As part of FSU’s Moellership Program, Dewar volunteered in Uganda to improve the economic well-being of local women through micro-loans. 

    William Vince Dewar
  • Lillie Sullivan

    2018 Recipient

    Sullivan, a junior studying international affairs and Middle Eastern studies, has engaged the FSU and Tallahassee community in relief efforts for Syrian refugees both within our community and abroad. As an executive board member for Students Organize for Syria, or SOS, Sullivan organized a clothing drive on campus that distributed nearly 10,000 clothing items to refugee camps in the Middle East and led a campaign to provide college scholarships for displaced Syrians. While studying last summer in Lebanon, she also served as a tutor in refugee camps. 

    Lillie Sullivan
  • Ramy Noseir

    2018 Recipient

    Nosier, a senior studying psychology, is an international student from Egypt who has become an integral part of the FSU community and a bridge between cultures during his time as an FSU student. He is not only a community volunteer who leads FSU students in service projects for local and international refugees, he is also an award-winning Resident Assistant and a nationally competitive table-tennis player.  Through his volunteer work with at the Tallahassee International Rescue Committee (IRC), Nosier was praised for his integrity and dedication to assisting our community’s newly-arrived refugees.

    Ramy Noseir
  • Elisa Gomez

    2017 Recipient

    Gomez, a senior studying family and child sciences, has made significant contributions to the FSU community through her service in the First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder program. As a future health care professional, she is committed to equal access to healthcare for individuals worldwide. Gomez has assisted local doctors through MEDLIFE in Ecuador, she has served at both a hospital and schools in India as part of FSU’s Global Scholars program, and she has completed a medical internship with MEDLIFE in Peru.

    Elisa Gomez
  • Anwer Al-Kaimakchi

    2017 Recipient

    Al-Kaimakchi, a master’s student studying civil and environmental engineering, is an international student from Iraq who has dedicated his free time to serving FSU students and the Tallahassee community. Al-Kaimakchi worked at the Center for Global Engagement assisting new international students with their transition to life at FSU. He is a member of the Global Ambassadors Program, giving cultural presentations and Arabic language workshops to young students at local Tallahassee schools and community organizations. In addition, he has spent a great deal of time assisting refugee families and serving as an Arabic translator for the International Rescue Committee.

    Anwer Al-Kaimakchi
  • 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.”

    Marcella Cavallaro

  • 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. 

    Jesse Smith-Appleson

  • 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.

    Ye Wang

  • 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.”

    Austin Wisdom

  • 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.

    Daniela Donoso

  • 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.

    Parth Vakil

  • 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.

    Matthew Vedrin

  • 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.

    Marlene Baldeweg-Rau

  • 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.

    Paige Dabney

  • 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.

    Pradiip Alvarez

  • 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.

    John Steetz

  • James Arinaitwe

    2011 Recipient


    James Arinaitwe

  • Khadijah Gray

    2011 Recipient


    Khadijah Gray

  • Dustin Daniels

    2011 Recipient


    Dustin Daniels

  • Safiah Afify

    2011 Recipient


    Safiah Afify

  • Marie LeBlanc

    2010 Recipient


    Marie LeBlanc


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