Global Citizen Scholars

The Global Citizen Scholars Program is now accepting applications for its fall 2020 cohort: Investing in Empowering Women!  

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Description: Investments in the educational, health, economic, and professional opportunities of women have been linked with the greatest improvements in children’s health and community health, making women’s empowerment and equity a critical goal for improving health and equity worldwide.  Yet despite this understanding, women continue to have lower literacy and numeracy rates across many parts of the globe, and women have differential educational attainment and vastly different opportunities and pay across all countries.

Cohort members will explore the challenges of women’s empowerment through the lenses of social justice and global health. As a co-curricular program, students, together with the faculty leading the program, will examine how women are important cultural change-makers and explore successful strategies and barriers through readings, discussions, and both local and international site visits. Participants will critically unpack what terms such as ‘empowerment’ and ‘development’ mean when considering cultural differences and 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 field work.

Current Global Citizen Scholars  on the 2019 Overnight (above)

The Global Citizen Scholars Program seeks highly curious, motivated, and engaged students from broad and diverse backgrounds to join its newest cohort. Current GCS cohorts include students from different regions of the United States, as well as students from Mongolia, Egypt, Japan, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, Japan, Indonesia, Sudan, and Kenya.

The three-year program will provide up to 20 students with unique learning opportunities in three areas — civic engagement, global learning, and U.S. diversity. It integrates work in these three areas as its basis, combining coursework with a range of high-impact experiences and intensive advising. These areas combine very powerfully to inform a global and committed citizenry who can think outside the box, as it encourages students to engage in diverse communities and cultures — not as passive observers, but as mindful participants — and asks students to make sense of their itinerary along the way.

As a part of this leadership program, every student commits to civic engagement, diversity initiatives and study abroad. Each cohort works through the lens of a relevant  global theme and/or world region. Over the course of the program, Global Citizen Scholars acquire the skills and competencies to make sensible and sensitive decisions with contextual understanding, and to collaborate and produce results both individually and as a group.

Program Benefits:

  • Work with close-knit group of like-minded students
  • Benefit from close advising and guidance of instructors.
  • Develop leadership, presentation, and communication skills
  • Expenses paid toward group retreats and off-campus immersion experiences
  • Up to $2,000 toward abroad experience(s)

Program Features:

  • Overnight orientation with other GCS cohorts
  • Fall semester topic-appropriate First-Year Seminar
  • Introduction to Global Citizen Scholars one-credit discussion seminar
  • Two-credit GCS course beginning the spring of the first year
  • One year of civic engagement in the Meadville community
  • Two semesters of language study at Allegheny
  • An abroad experience
  • Involvement in diversity and social justice programming
  • An integrative culminating experience

For more information on the Global Citizen Scholars Program, contact:

Dave Roncolato

Director of Civic Engagement, Director of the Global Citizen Scholars program, Professor of Community and Justice Studies