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Global Scholar Curriculum

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The Global Scholar curriculum centers on two goals:

  1. Understanding 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. Building 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.

Policy Seminars and Panels


Through small-group meetings and multi-sector panel discussions with policy experts, Global Scholars gain a rich understanding of the greatest challenges facing our generation. Recent sessions have included:

  • “International Relations for the Student Leader”
  • “Promoting Human Rights, and the Development of Women and Girls Worldwide”
  • “Hunger Is Not a Game: The Relationship Between Hunger, Climate Change and Youth”
  • “The US Relationship with the Muslim World”
  • “The Global Financial System: the Role of Corporations, Banks, Donors and the International Financial Institutions”

Action Lab Workshops

Our signature Action Lab workshops provide rising young leaders with powerful, marketable and life-changing skills they’ll need to spark action and lead change. Topics include: Diversity & Inclusion; Systems Thinking; Dialogue and Empathy Mapping; Strategic Planning for Social Action; Strategic Communications and Storytelling; and Action Planning. Leadership development is a big part of the Global Scholar experience. Through workshops, group work, and daily activities Scholars learn and practice skills for building teams, facilitating conversation, inspiring their peers, and more.



Scholars learn directly from foreign policy experts. In recent years, we have met with a powerful mix of leaders and organizations representing many sectors and issues. Recent speakers include Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Special Coordinator for Threat Reduction at the U.S. Department of State; Dan Glickman, former US Secretary of Agriculture; Senator Heidi Heitkamp (R-ND); Ken Banks, social entrepreneur and founder of Frontline SMS; and Ambassador from Niger Hassana Alidou.

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
  • NDI
  • The ONE Campaign
  • DC Hunger Solutions
  • Democracy Fund
  • And many others

Extra-Curricular Highlights

  • Social activities including: a show/concert at the JFK Center for Performing Arts, a D.C boat tour, a night walk around the National Mall, a day at D.C’s world-famous museums, scavenger hunt, movie nights, and group dinners in D.C.
  • Sign up for special our 4th July edition (Session 1) and celebrate Independence Day like you’ve never celebrated it before! (This session is very popular and often fills up fast so reserve your spot asap.)
  • Lots of time to check out the rest of what Washington, D.C. has to offer!

Meet the Global Scholar Directors!

Karen and Vanessa share their thoughts on what you’ll take away from Global Scholar, and why they do this work!


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