INVESTING IN EMPOWERING WOMEN
The three-year program provides 20 select first-year students with unique learning opportunities in three areas — civic engagement, global learning, and U.S. diversity. Students collaborate with their faculty leaders in the interdisciplinary exploration of a specific global theme, combining academic research with experiential learning in the field.
For the incoming 2020 Global Citizen Scholars (GCS) cohort, the theme will be "Investing in Empowering Women." My faculty co-leader, Prof. Caryl Waggett and I will guide students in exploring the challenges of women’s empowerment, through the lenses of social justice and global health. This program integrates co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for learning about how women are important cultural change-makers. Using readings, discussions, and both local and international site visits, participants critically unpack what terms such as ‘empowerment’ and ‘development’ mean when considering cultural differences. We also study how historical events from the past continue to shape domestic regional growth and international relations. Students are encouraged to adopt a non-ethnocentric lens in approaching readings, discussions, and fieldwork.
At the start of fall 2020, there is a required overnight retreat where you meet students from the previous cohort. In this upcoming fall semester, you will also complete a seven-week introductory module to the Global Citizen Scholars Program, which is a one-credit course led by the Program Director Dave Roncalato. The seven-week module will be followed by lunch meetings, for the rest of fall 2020, with the two Faculty Leaders, Profs. Sinha Roy and Waggett so we start mapping the learning objectives as a group.
Beginning in Spring 2021, participants begin a sequence of 2-credit courses, spread across three semesters, and taught by the Faculty Leaders. The group will also attend specific local extra-curricular events, take part in field trips, and have the opportunity to participate in one global experiential learning opportunity involving fieldwork at the end of their second full year at the college.
Students are expected to attend all academic sessions and related extra-academic activities and produce a collaborative legacy project at the end of this three-year commitment
Find out more about the Allegheny College Global Citizen Scholars Program here.