About Us


The Global Scholars Program Journal is a collection of academic papers co-authored by students who have participated in our program since the 2010-2011 academic year. These papers are the written component of the students’ Global Engagement Internship (GEI), a collaborative project that began as an ungraded, voluntary participation requirement in the Global Scholars Program (GSP). In the 2014-15 academic year, the GEI became an integral part of GSP’s courses for first-year participants.

Students joining the Global Scholars Program now enroll in a course during each semester of their first year (Fall Semester – ALA210: Defining Critical Global Issues; Winter Semester – ALA210: Addressing Critical Global Issues) in which they learn to critically assess urgent issues affecting our world and to take action in pursuit of global justice. As a part of these courses they are required to meet weekly in Collaborative Groups with approximately 10 of their peers. Because our community is strikingly diverse – with members whose backgrounds reflect citizenship in 20 different countries and proficiency in 40 different languages – GSP students establish strong cross-cultural relationships and explore global issues from multiple cultural perspectives.

The GEI is now the capstone project for this course sequence, completed in Collaborative Groups. It is an intensive scholarly undertaking involving a year-long research inquiry, as well as designing tools and implementing strategies to create meaningful change. Each year, GSP students explore many urgent, intersecting issues, including gender inequity, human trafficking, environmental sustainability, global healthcare, economic development, and the rights and well-being of immigrants and refugees. Some Collaborative Groups partner with an interested organization whose mission strongly relates to GSP’s pursuit of global justice. In these cases, partnering organizations identify a year-long project that supports their existing work to become a group’s GEI focus.

This effort culminates in a symposium presentation and a group-authored publication in The Global Scholars Program Journal. Published articles are also deposited into the University of Michigan’s Deep Blue digital archive.

Our Editors


Francine Moriguchi, Head Editor

Hello! My name is Francine Mofrancine.pngriguchi and I am a senior majoring in Microbiology. Also, I am a second year member of GSP and currently contribute as a Special Project Lead, working specifically on The GSP Journal! As an individual hoping to become a well-rounded future doctor, I joined GSP in order to cultivate my knowledge concerning social justice and present global issues. Entering my second year as a GSP member, I decided to join the GSP Journal Editorial Board because I believe that it is a wonderful platform where GSP members may initiate dialogue based on social issues that connect to them personally. Based on the interesting articles created in past years, I am excited to see what our diverse current GSPers will create!
As a fun fact, in my free time I love to play with my cat, crochet, drink some quality hot chocolate, and watch The Great British Baking Show.


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Hi! My name is Mercy Kiambuthi. I am a junior majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in International Studies. I joined the GSP journal to learn more about what it takes to make a journal. I’m excited to learn from the GSP community! A fun fact about myself is I do not know how to ride a bike. I know, it’s sad.


Maggie Li, Peer Editor



Hi! My name is Maggie and I am currently a sophomore in LSA majoring in biomolecular science. After undergrad i am hoping to go to medical school and pursue a career as a pediatrician. I love gaining new perspectives through other people’s thoughts and ideas which is why I joined and love being part of the GSP journal editorial board!



Zoe Webking, Peer Editor

 Hi! My name is 16298724_1732919860058849_2409372160500460003_n.jpgZoe and I am a Junior studying Economics and History. I joined the GSP Editorial Board because I enjoy writing a great deal. It has always been a hobby of mine, but I’ve never had the opportunity to review other people’s writing in a more formal setting. Being a part of the journal allows me the opportunity to improve my own writing while helping others- it’s the best of both worlds. A fun fact about me is that I have a twin brother named Isaac, but he’s an MSU fan which is the ultimate betrayal.