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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. Find GSELS classes at your campus!

           2. Search for 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:

                   -  Eduardo J Padrn 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



Learn more about the guiding philosophy behind GSELS

The Earth Charter



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


Life Long Learning,
Environmental and
Sustainable Education

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