Global Scholar Curriculum

Our goal is to:

  1. Understand the greatest global challenges facing our generation. We meet with experts to explore security, poverty, climate change, global hunger, genocide, the rights of women and girls and much more. We also unpack the role of the United Nations, the G8, the World Bank, corporations, citizens and, of course, youth.
  2. Build young global leaders. Through workshops covering basics like public speaking, policymaking, group dynamics and strategic communications, Global Scholars learn how to inspire change and lead action. They put these skills into practice through our unique Action Lab as well as through various leadership development opportunities.


Key Program Elements

Learn From Experts

Explore global issues with experts. We offer unparalleled access to leaders and places where decisions get made.

Build Skills

We offer skills that cannot be gained elsewhere, which you can immediately apply to your work and life.

Build Global Citizens

Our approach gives you the knowledge skills you need to become global citizens and leaders.

Program Highlights

Recent Speakers

Global Scholar 2020 Speakers and Sessions Included:

Global Poverty and Inequality: Gordon Wong, ONE Campaign
World Bank
Climate: John Conger, Center for Climate and Security and Tan Copsey, Climate Nexus
Security: Jonathon Price and Kate Harrison, Aspen Institute
Lanisia Rhoden, Link Your Purpose
Access to Education: Global Campaign for Education and Marie-Claire Kaberamanzi, Malala Fund
Immigration and Refugees: Josh Utter and Patience Mhlanga, Jesuit Refugee Services and Xochitl Oseguera, MamasConPoder
College Admissions: Lorna Morris, University of Warwick
Anthony Mitchell, Capitol Hill
Human Rights & Gender Justice: Rachel Vogelstein, Council of Foreign Relations
Careers in International Affairs I: Carmen Iezzi Mezzera, APSIA, Tina S. Gaddy, Georgetown University, Jaiya Lalla, UN Association and Michele Peters, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State
Careers in International Affairs II: Julie Hackett, UNICEF, Jane Rhee, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., and Saliho Toure, American University School of International Service
Women and Girls in International Development: Fadimata Walet Inorene, CARE
Maudo Jallow, Tony Blair Institute
Vincent Defourny, UNESCO Geneva Liaison Office
Michael Breen, Human Rights First
Environmental Justice: Joye Braun, Indigenous Environmental Network
Kelsey Suemnicht, US Department of State
Women’s Rights: Kate Kroeger, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights
Karim Kamel, Carnegie Corporation
Environmental Equity Planning: Miriam Belblidia, Imagine WaterWorks
Global Health: Kate Midden and Angela Bruce-Raeburn, Global Health Advocacy Incubator
Peter Kwasi Kodjie, All African Student Union
Danson Gichini, Geneva Peace Week
Human Rights: Louisa Greve, Uyghur Human Rights Project
Khaleel Anderson, New York District 31 State Assemblyman
Nelima Sitati, African Career Center and Resource
Ambassador Liberata Mulamula
US Foreign Assistance: John Glenn, US Global Leadership Coalition
Georges Budagu Makoko, Ladder to the Moon
Ambassador Makeda Antoine-Cambridge
Eric Gerard Georges Bertherat, World Health Organization
Migration and COVID-19: Paul Clewett, Migration Policy Institute
Ashley Bennett, PATH
Carolyn Reynolds, Pandemic Action Network
Interfaith Dialogue and COVID-19: Tahil Sharma, United Religions Initiative
COVID-19 in Morocco: Adnane Addioui, Social Impact Enthusiast & Catalyst, Ashoka Fellow
Global Health and International Development: Elizabeth Serlemitsos, Breakthrough ACTION, Johns Hopkins University
COVID-19 as a US Economic Challenge: Karen Showalter, MomsRising and MamasConPoder and Sam Jones, Restaurant Opportunities Center
COVID-19 as a Public Health Challenge: Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Maria Neira, World Health Organization
COVID-19 and Disability Rights: Priscila Rodriguez, Disability Rights International

We would like to extend our gratitude to our 2019 Global Scholar partners and speakers:

Jennifer Rigg, Executive Director, Global Campaign for Education * Ford Foundation * Charlotte Platt and Johan Rifai, UN Foundation * Doctors Without Borders * Annalise Bourgeois, Charity: Water * Oliver Schwank, Senior Economic Advisor, United Nations * Karim Kamel, Carnegie Corporation * Sampson Oppedisano, The New School * Aisha Mitchell, Global Health Corps * Ella Nimmo, Cabrini Immigrant Services * Fadimata Walet Inorene, Save the Children * Grace Fernandes, STAND Now * Jennifer Valentino Devries, The New York Times * Frank Fredericks, WorldFaith * Bama Athreya, Brookings Institution * Nicole Gill, Advocates for Youth * Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Former Tanzanian Ambassador to the US * Embassy of Cameroon * Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Brookings Institution * Jennifer Rigg, Executive Director, Global Campaign for Education * Taylor Gates, UN Foundation and Anna Mahalak, Youth Engagement Manager, United Nations * Nadia Merdassi, Program Officer, World Bank * Embassy of Belgium * Josh Utter, Jesuit Refugee Services * Ken Patterson, RESULTS * Tan Copsey, Climate Nexus * Mo Alem, Young Invincibles * Parul Agarwal, World Bank * Briana Suarez, APSIA * Brionne Dawson, US Chamber of Commerce * Mariya Ilyas, US Department of State * Gordon Wong, ONE Campaign * Briana Suarez, APSIA * Neil Bhatiya, Center for a New American Security * Kwaku Nuamah, American University * Deborah Schneider and Jasmine White Gibson, US Department of State * Greg Gershuny, Energy and Environment Program, Aspen Institute * David Forscey, Cyber and Technology Program, Aspen Institute * Jonathan Price, Aspen Strategy Group, Aspen Institute * Rachel Merker, First Focus * Embassy of Colombia * Ambassador Abdallah Wafy, Embassy of Niger * Sebastian Corrales, Public Relations Officer, Embassy of Mexico * Frederick Douglass House

We would like to extend our gratitude to our 2018 Global Scholar partners and speakers:

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Brookings Institution * Jim Riker, University of Maryland * Ambassador Hassana Alidou, Embassy of Niger *Naomie Pierre-Louis and Dr. Weibert C. Arthus, Minister Counselor, Embassy of Haiti * Embassy of Mexico * Embassy of Burkina Faso * Donata Secondo and Chris Crawford, Democracy Fund * Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Services * Daniel Tutt, Unity Productions Foundation * Mac Hamilton, STAND * Andrew Slack, Imagine Better * Lily Mengesha, Jesuit Refugee Services * Jennifer Rigg, Global Campaign for Education * Patricia Langan, Save the Children * Tony Stephens, American Council for the Blind * Damiana Astudillo, Millennium Challenge Corporation * Rachael Leman, * Anna Mahalak, UN Association * Chitra Panjabi, SIECUS * Beverly Wheeler, DC Hunger Solutions * Jonathan Price, Aspen Institute * Lena Minchew, International Women’s Health Coalition/Girls Not Brides USA * Mark Bromley, Council for Global Equality * Sara Shirzad, Eurasia Foundation * Alexandra Toma, Peace and Security Funders Collaborative * Neil Bhatiya, Center for a New American Security * Patty Lovera, Food and Water Watch * Carmen Iezzi Mezzera and Enrique Sondakh-Dorantes, APSIA * Marques Anderson, Peace Corps * Scott Rechler, Director and CEO, Learn-Serve International * Tina Gaddy, Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Development, George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs * Jorhena Thomas, Principal, Wright Thomas International * David Fletcher, Director of Career Services, American University School of International Service * David Devlin-Foltz, the Aspen Institute * Rachel Sims, National Democratic Institute *

Other recent speakers have come from such organizations as:

The Brookings Institution * The World Bank * The Millennium Challenge Corporation * The United Nations Foundation * The Aspen Institute * Save the Children * The Stanley Foundation * Refugees International * The Harry Potter Alliance * STAND (Student Network Against Genocide) * Oxfam USA * The Eurasia Foundation * Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) * Peace and Security Funders Group * Global Campaign for Education * GirlUp * National Democratic Institute * The ONE Campaign * DC Hunger Solutions* Democracy Fund * And many others!

Action Lab workshops

Our signature Action Lab workshops give Scholars to the skills to engage and transform our world. Workshops cover:
– Systems Thinking
– Diversity and Inclusion
– Complex Problem Solving
– Strategic Action Planning
– Strategic Communications
– Empathy and Dialogue