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The Global Leadership Program (GLP) is a collaboration between the International Programs Center, the Office of Leadership and Service Learning, International and Global Studies, and the Lloyd International Honors College.  With around 20 students currently participating, GLP is a program through which students can engage in meaningful international experiences while gaining knowledge and friendships that will guide them in the futures. 

As part of the program, students attend a series of colloquia, or workshops, as well as international lectures and events.  In addition, students choose to participate in a variety of globally-themed events with the goal of obtaining a total of 200 participation points by the time they graduate.  The points are simply a measure of international involvement, but they allow a way for students to quantify their experiences.  In-depth experiences, such as a semester abroad, earn 100 points all at once.  At the other end of the spectrum, smaller events on campus, such as Café Olé or Friday Fest, earn 10 points at a time.  Another way in which students can gain points is to become a Peer Advisor and Liaison (PAL) to an international student.

Lindsay Armistead with her PAL.

GLP participants earn 20 points by becoming a PAL, or befriending an international student studying abroad at UNCG.

After earning 200 points and attending all of the required colloquia and lectures, students put together an e-portfolio of their experiences.  The e-portfolio, with pictures of the student’s experiences and reflections on their meaning, is an impressive addition to the student’s resume upon graduation.  In addition, completion of the program is indicated on the student’s transcript.  Although no academic credit is assigned, completion of the program demonstrates that a student is interested in having a meaningful academic experience as well as learning outside of the classroom.  In an increasingly competitive job market, employers are looking for graduates who have done more than just attend classes. Completing the GLP program demonstrates a potential for leadership and possession of the knowledge and skills needed to function internationally.

In addition, the GLP program focuses on developing global awareness and multicultural sensitivity in its participants.  Upon enrollment, students take the IDI, or Intercultural Development Inventory. This assessment measures an individual’s intercultural competence and awareness of cultural relativity.  After completion of the program, students take the IDI again, providing a quantitative measurement of growth.  These scores can be used by students as fodder for reflection and can be included as a part of their e-portfolios.

GLP has already offered one colloquium this semester and will offer the next in November.  GLP participants are encouraged to develop reflective writing skills, so the November colloquium will focus on reflective writing as well as personal goal-setting. As part of the program, students will be asked to reflect in writing on each experience that they have had.  A meaningful reflection includes the content of the experience, what it means to the individual, and its impact on future goals and interests.  In an international context, this includes challenging cultural beliefs and assumptions that may influence one’s perspective on experiences and events.

The three core colloquia will be offered in the spring.  Upcoming colloquia will cover a variety of topics, from international group exercises (January 18) to value-based leadership (January 25) and global citizenship (February 1).  Participation is open to all students, both graduate and undergraduate.  Students may register for the program at any point in their academic career and points can be awarded retroactively for experiences that have happened during the past year.  Interested students can find more information in the program handbook at www.uncg.edu/ipg/glp, or they may contact Sadie Kneidel at glp@uncg.edu with questions or to set up a meeting.

 

Previous editions:
- Vol 11, ed 2: October 2011
- Vol 11, ed 1: September 2011

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