During the 2021 COVID-19 lockdown, a small team from Cohort IV of the Global Citizen Scholars Program, pictured above, worked with Media Studies Professor Ishita Sinha Roy, their Teaching Assistant Nicolle Long ('22), and the local community partner -- Women's Services Inc. in Meadville -- to write a children's anti-domestic abuse resource book called You are Not Alone.
Illustrations for the book were by Annaliese Stone, an Art, Science, Innovation Major ('24).
Professor Doug Luman (Computer Science) helped with the layout design and publishing of the book.
Michael Williams Director of Community Engaged Learning, provided invaluable guidance, and funded the completion of the project through a community outreach grant.
In Spring 2023, trained members from this group will collaborate with the Meadville Rotary AM Club, the Allegheny College Rotaract Club, and Women's Services, to use the book in anti-domestic violence workshops across schools and public libraries in Crawford County, PA. Copies of the book will be distributed at these workshops.
The Global Citizen Scholars (GCS) Program at Allegheny College (currently, on temporary hiatus) provides select first-year students with unique learning opportunities in three areas — civic engagement, global learning, and in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students collaborate with their faculty co-leaders in the interdisciplinary exploration of a specific global theme, combining academic research with experiential learning in the field.
For the 2020 Global Citizen Scholars (GCS) cohort IV, the theme was "Empowering Women & Girls Worldwide." The cohort had an introductory seminar with Dr. Roncolato, the Program Director, in their first semester. Subsequently, my faculty co-leader, Prof. Caryl Waggett (Global Health) and I have co-led academic seminars every semester, between spring 2021-spring 2022. In these seminars, students have investigated the challenges of women’s/girls' empowerment, through the lenses of education, social justice, economic advancement, and female health. This program integrates academic and experiential learning opportunities for investigating how women/girls are important cultural change-makers.
Using readings, class discussions, community engaged learning, and the expertise of local and international panelists who work on women's issues, this cohort of Global Citizen Scholars critically unpacked what terms such as ‘empowerment’ and ‘development’ mean when considering cultural differences and the intersectionality of factors such as class and caste, religion, age, location, etc. Students are encouraged to adopt a non-ethnocentric lens in approaching readings, discussions, and fieldwork. Global Citizen Scholars also take a foreign language during their four years at college. At the end of the spring 2023 semester, students will be able to use their scholarship for a study abroad experience, provided they have successfully completed all the requirements for the GCS Program.
Students had to attend and participate meaningfully in all academic sessions. They must successfully complete all assignments, class and community engaged learning activities/projects, and deliver a capstone project at the end of this three-year commitment, in order to remain a GCS scholar and receive the travel award.
Find out more about the Allegheny College Global Citizen Scholars 2020-2022 Cohort here.
LEFT: PROGRAM LISTING OF THE GCS COHORT IV CAPSTONE POSTER SESSION AT THE ALLEGHENY COLLEGE COOK-LAHTI SCHOLARS SYMPOSIUM ON 14 MAY 2022.