The Global Leadership Program (GLP) offers a transdisciplinary co-curriculum that promotes and recognizes international and global leadership, experience, and understanding. The GLP is open to all degree-seeking domestic and international undergraduate and graduate students at UNCG, regardless of discipline. Whether in the humanities, arts, natural or social sciences, or in the professional schools, the GLP complements UNCG’s ongoing commitment to internationalization and the cultivation of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that attend to global citizenship.

Steering Committee

  • Dr. Kathleen Macfie: GLP Committee Chair, International and Global Studies Program,
  • Dr. Maria Anastasiou: International Programs Center,
  • Dr. Neelofer Qadir: International and Global Studies Program, 
  • Ms. Stephanie Guzman: International Programs Center,
  • Mr. Will Zang: International and Global Studies Program,
  • Mrs. Lindsey Hollis: Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, 

About the Global Leadership Program (GLP)

Global Leadership Program Mission

As globally engaged citizens, UNCG graduates will increasingly be working in international and global contexts. Against the background of internationalization and globalization, they will need to understand, adapt to, and practice concepts that could only have been imagined a few years ago. Leadership, citizenship, and cross-cultural understanding have taken on new meanings and become essential compliments to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the successful citizen in our twenty-first century globalized world. The GLP combines academic coursework and high-impact co-curricular experiences to recognize students for their internationally focused studies and activities while also encouraging them to continue their global and cultural interests both overseas and within the United States.
Global Leadership Program Requirements Cultural understanding, experiential learning, and skills training embodied in the GLP will differentiate you as an individual prepared to assume a role as a global citizen. The GLP offers two levels: Level 1: Foundations of Global Leadership (1 semester) In Level 1, you will dive into cross-cultural understanding and what it means to be a global citizen and leader through modules, workshops, and cohort learning. Each Level 1 cohort has 15 student spots. Level 1 is offered in the fall and spring semesters and includes the below components:
  • Canvas Course modules: Cross-Cultural Understanding, Leadership within a Global Context, and Beyond Borders: Becoming a Global Citizen
  • Interactive Workshops: Gather with your cohort to discuss your learning and engage with international guests and community partners.
  • Attend 2 Globally-Focused Events: Participate in and reflect on two international or global experiential opportunities at UNCG or in the surrounding community.
  • Multimedia Reflection: Create a series of microblogs that capture the experiences of the program, summarize the events, and share takeaways and next steps.
Level 2: Applications of Global Leadership (3-4 semesters) Level 2 challenges you to continue to dig deeper through relevant coursework and application of your learning in the United States or abroad. Level 2 requirements are tracked through Canvas across multiple semesters and include the following:
  • Completion of GLP Level 1 (above)
  • 12 credit hours of globally-focused coursework: Choose from courses with the MAC tags of “Global Engagement and Intercultural Learning” or “Diversity & Equity.”
  • Global Capstone (choose 1): Write and submit a proposal to the steering committee in the term before the capstone project will take place.
    • International education experience: Study abroad, research abroad, service or internship. Must be UNCG-affiliated but does not have to be credit-bearing.
    • “Glocal” engagement project: At least 60 hours with a local community organization with a global/international focus
    • Inventory of Volunteering opportunities in GSO:
  • E-Portfolio: Presentation of an end-of-program electronic portfolio serving as a record of the above achievements that can be shared with prospective employers, advanced academic degree programs, and others.
Global Leadership Program Benefits
  • A framework for integrating study abroad and other internationally- or globally-focused experiences into personal, civic, academic, and/or professional growth;
  • an enhanced experience of intercultural relationships and how to understand and engage appropriately with cultural difference and commonality;
  • opportunities to develop leadership skills within an international and global context;
  • settings in which to enhance global awareness and develop socially responsible citizenship;
  • interaction with distinguished scholars and inspiring professionals;
  • a network of peers striving for personal, civic, academic, and/or professional development with an international and global focus.
For more information, please contact the GLP Coordinator at:
Global Leadership Program Testimonials

Simone Cappati, Political Science and International and Global Studies, Class of 2014

"I enrolled in the Global Leadership Program (GLP) because it presented me with the opportunity to hone my intercultural awareness and understanding while completing my degree as an international student at UNCG. Both the core and elective colloquia of the GLP offered valuable insights into what it means to become a truly global citizen and leader. The cross-cutting and transferable soft skills I acquired thanks to the program made a concrete difference in the first internships I landed upon graduation, which immediately catapulted me into the world of think tanks and international organizations. To this day, I find myself applying some of the lessons I learned during the GLP in my everyday life in my current employment for the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium."