Social Activism in the Global Scholars Program: Recognizing individuals who embody social justice and global impact
By Kylie Carpenter, Munmun Khan, Marianne Waas, Luke Wilson, Wen-Ching Ruth Wei
Since its inception, the mission of the Global Scholars Program has been to increase intercultural competency of its participants, through the lenses of empathy and discourse. More recently, the vision of the program has expanded to promote social justice alongside understanding diverse perspectives. Many Global Scholars exemplify their dedication to service and justice, whether it is in their local communities or spending summers abroad. Like CNN Heroes, which recognizes “everyday people who change the world,” the GSP Heroes would like to celebrate Global Scholars who embody social justice, are an ally for communities, and inspire others to serve. Through literature review and informal interviews, our team has narrowed four key characteristics of a hero: leadership, empathy, sustainability, and allyhood. Through a peer nomination process, Global Scholars Program participants and alumni were selected to be GSP Heroes.