What is The Graduation Pledge Alliance - PCCU?
The Graduation Pledge Alliance – PCCU, the Chinese Culture University version of Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) is a consortium of colleges and universities committed to having their students support the Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility. Founded at Humboldt State University in California, Manchester College now coordinates the GPA. This is the second year that CCU has participated in the program. In 2004, our inaugural year, many graduating seniors from the English Department signed the pledge. This year will be the first year for the Chinese Culture University to involve the entire graduating class. CCU is the first university in Taiwan to participate in this international program. We join with other distinguish members, among them, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and Stanford.
What is the Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility?
Students at over one hundred colleges and universities nationwide have recognized the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, which reads: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work. "
Where can I sign the Pledge?
The graduation pledge booth will be set up at the Bai-hua Pond area on graduation day, June 3. Students can come up to the booth to take the wallet-side card and make the pledge privately or sign up and make the pledge publicly with their friends.
What happens after I sign the Pledge?
Those who wish to participate wear statement ribbons at commencement, in recognition of the pledge, as a public statement of their commitment to social and environmental responsibility, both in considering job possibilities, and once hired. Graduating seniors who sign the pledge on a wallet-size card acknowledges their participation.
What am I committing to?
Participation in the pledge is entirely voluntary and the realization of it will vary depending on individual goals and experiences. Anyone who chooses to support the pledge can determine for himself or herself what it means to be environmentally and socially responsible. It is our hope that your support of the pledge will contribute to the cooperative effort to build responsible citizenship for a sustainable world.
How might students be able to make a difference within the workplace?
Graduates who voluntarily signed the pledge have started by pursuing jobs and/or organizations which seek to create positive change in our society. Others have turned down jobs that they did not feel morally comfortable with and have worked to make changes once on the job. For example, they have promoted recycling at their organization, removed racist language from a training manual, worked for gender parity in high school athletics, and helped to convince an employer to refuse a chemical weapons- related contract.
Be a co-creator of the workplace you want to see. After you are employed and as you change jobs throughout your lifetime, continue to think about making positive changes in your workplace. Job satisfaction is more than just a paycheck. Some ideas for workplace improvements include: recycling programs, mentoring programs, workplace flexibility, wellness programs, diversity programs, supporting green suppliers of office products, and promoting joy and celebration. If your workplace doesn't have these things, create them!