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 Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Scholar


GSELS Scholar Recognition

The Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network provides inclusive educational opportunities for the Miami Dade College (MDC) community to explore global citizenship, ecological sustainability, and civic engagement, through understanding planetary challenges and limits and by developing values, skills, and behaviors that promote prosperity and communities of well-being.

Crafted to foster 21st century engaged global citizens, GSELS provides a process for students to develop the awareness, knowledge, skills and solutions necessary to create a healthy and just economy, society, culture and environment, while fostering values of Earth Literacy, social justice, and cultural diversity.

Students participating in the GSELS Learning Network have the opportunity to be recognized by the Earth Ethics Institute as a GSELS Scholar by completing the following requirements: 


How to become a GSELS Scholar    

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

Complete a GSELS Civic Engagement Project, for which there are two options:

 1) A 10-hour Service-Learning Project registered with the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED)

 2) Earn a minimum of 100 points on iCED’s Civic Action Scorecard, with a minimum of 50 of those points coming from the Environment & Sustainability section

Contact us (see below) to apply for GSELS Scholar recognition (we will need your degree audit, service-learning transcript, and a 500-word reflection essay detailing your civic engagement project)

To learn more about GSELS and to check your progress toward GSELS Scholar recognition, please contact any of the EEI staff:  

EEI Director: Mike Matthews ● (305)237-3796 ●  
Kendall Campus: Netiva Kolitz ● (305)237-2247 ●  
North Campus: Stephen Nesvacil ● (305)237-1338 ●  
Padrón Campus: Dr. Mark Tirpak ● (305)237-6733 ●  

 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




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

Additional Resources:




Earth Ethics Institute • An Earth Literacy Resource Center Serving MDC Administrators, Faculty, Staff,  and Students, as well as the South Florida Community
Miami Dade College • 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Room 3506-11, Miami, FL 33132-2204 • t: 305-237-3796 • f: 305-237-7724