In light of Hartwick’s tradition of global connection, it came as no surprise when the college chose Globalization as its 2003-04 academic and co-curricular theme. One need only glance at Hartwick’s mission statement to understand the choice: "Our purpose as a college of the liberal arts and sciences is to educate people who will thrive in and contribute to the world of the future; people who are prepared to meet the personal, intellectual, and social challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world."
Statement of Theme: To many, globalization is a negative concept associated with the spread of neoliberalism, corporate theft of the world's resources, and the exploitation of laborers both abroad and in the United States. While globalization clearly has these negative effects, it also provides people with the opportunity and challenge to resist devouring forms of economic, cultural, and social domination through the creation of international solidarity movements focused on human rights and the end of capital exploitation. These positive effects of globalization are a result of the increased communication and ability to share ideas among people inherent to the globalization movement.