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What does it mean to be a global citizen? A global citizen has awareness and exposure to communities around the world through an enhanced understanding of cultural, economic, social, political, and technological factors that underlie social injustice, marginalization, and privilege.

The Global Fellows Program was started in 2008 by Linda Alepin, and currently directed by Tanya Monsef Bunger ‘86, Dean’s Executive Professor, with the goal of fostering global citizens of competence, conscience, and compassion through an emphasis on: service, academics, and leadership. Since the program’s establishment, the Leavey School of Business has hosted and funded 188 academic fellowship opportunities. Sophomores, juniors and seniors of all disciplines (arts & sciences, business and engineering) are invited to apply for this professional civic engagement experience, entailing an internship (for and non-profit), travel, and cultural immersion.

Individuals are recruited and selected based on their level of curiosity, engagement with their communities, compassion, independence, innovative minds. This competitive program only takes 18-25 students each year and places them with organizations generally focused on cultural awareness, social justice, social entrepreneurship, or global business in Bolivia, Indonesia, Ghana, Turkey, The Gambia, Bali, and India. Global Fellows are committed for 9 months total to the program with a spring leadership practicum focused on global citizenship, 5-7 weeks abroad during the summer, a fall leadership practicum focused on deepening understanding global social justice issues, and reflecting on personal growth and lessons learned.

For more photos and info, read the travel blog of the 2015 SCU Global Fellows.

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