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 Student Information - Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)


Join the GSELS Learning Network
Meet MDC faculty, students and staff interested in Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy.
Attend events and meetings. Participate in symposia, fairs and field trips.
Explore what it means to be fully human in the world today.
Develop the characteristics needed of a 21st Century Engaged Citizen and Be Part of the GSELS Community!

GSELS Vision

Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies acknowledges the interconnections and interdependence of the personal, social, economic, cultural, environmental, and political aspects of our world. Collaboratively, students, faculty, administrators, and staff explore the significance of human activity within an evolving Universe and Earth. Through shared leadership, this nurturing learning community facilitates the emergence of awareness, knowledge, skills and solutions necessary to create sustainable systems that support a healthy and just economy, society, culture and environment, while fostering values of Earth ethics, social justice, cultural diversity, and civic engagement.


          1. Join the GSELS Learning Network!

           2. Take GSELS-focused and GSELS-related courses

          3. Find and Register a GSELS Civic Engagement Project


How to become a GSELS Scholar

          1. Complete at least 12 credits in GSELS-designated courses, with a minimum of three credits from a GSELS-              focused course, and earning a minimum of a "B" in each of your GSELS-designated courses 
              (GSELS-focused and GSELS-related Information)

          2. Design and Complete a GSELS Civic Engagement Project registering service-learning/volunteer hours with               MDC's  Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED)

          3. Start a GSELS e-portfolio - a good way to keep track of your work! (optional)

          4. Apply for GSELS Scholar recognition by contacting the following:

                     -  InterAmerican Campus: Mike Matthews (305)237-6733
                     -  Kendall Campus: Netiva Kolitz (305)237-2247

                     North Campus: Stephen Nesvacil (305)237-1338
                     -  Wolfson Campus: Heidi Lellelid (305)237-7119

 GSELS Links

                     - Find Faculty who are GSELS Certified


                     - Find GSELS-Designated Courses


                     - Find GSELS Civic Engagement Opportunities


                     - Take the IDS 1153 Earth Literacy and Sustainability 1 course - A GSELS-focused course!

                       Inter-disciplinary, transferable, 3 credit elective, applies toward an AA Degree


 Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies -Guiding Philosophy

The Earth Charter



Thomas Berry's -Nature of Universe
 and  12 Principles
of Understanding the Universe,


Life Long Learning,
Environmental and
Sustainable Education




oin the GSELS Learning Network


GSELS-Designated Courses

Courses Available and
Participating Faculty


Certified Faculty

GSELS Scholar Information



GSELS Civic Engagement Project




GSELS Portfolio




GSELS Campus Coordinators

MDC Faculty and EEI Staff



GSELS Supports MDC Learning Outcomes



Characteristics of a
  21st Century 

  Engaged Citizen


IDS 1153
Earth Literacy and Sustainability 1







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