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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR M A R + A P R .16

AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE

Agnes Scott
Professor
Gayatri Sethi
with students
in Trinidad and
Tobago. The
global learning
component of
SUMMIT prepares
students to
navigate complex
global dynamics
and issues.

ing a major, the Class of 2019 will
choose between specialization in
global learning or leadership, each
requiring two upper-level classes
as well as participation in a myriad
of cocurricular activities. "Everybody is all in-faculty, trustees,
alumnae. There's nothing halfway
or cautious about Summit," said
Meyer-Lee.
Summit isn't Agnes Scott's
first move in this direction. Forty
percent of Agnes Scott graduates already studied abroad for
academic credit. (With the Journeys courses, Meyer-Lee said the Agnes Scott College Summit adviser Tanzania Nevels meets with student Summer
college aims to push that to 90 Bosley. Summit offers students a personalized board of four advisers: one on Summit
itself, a peer adviser, an adviser for their major, and a career mentor.
percent by 2020. Two classes go
Elizabeth Hackett, a women's studies and philosophy
to New York for the arts). An earlier strategic plan was
titled "Engaging the Wider World" but a planned Center professor, spearheaded a year-long effort to flesh out the
for Women's Global Leadership and certificate program curricular requirements after the faculty and trustees gave
never got off the ground. Now with Summit, said Presi- their blessings to a broad outline for Summit in spring
dent Elizabeth Kiss, a former Rhodes Scholar, Agnes Scott 2014. Many faculty were involved, including "pop up"
committees that hammered out course requirements
is "reinventing college for the twenty-first century."
Meyer-Lee, recruited in 2015 from the Center for across disciplines, and the work isn't finished. "We've got
Women's Intercultural Leadership at St. Mary's College a good, basic design in place-Summit 1.0. There's much
in South Bend, Indiana, said, "There was a lot of debate to be done in terms of fleshing that out and seeing how it
about what we mean by global. What we settled on as a ripples through the curriculum as a whole," said Hackett.
Meyer-Lee said the college is "investing in faculty
definition was structures, patterns, and challenges that
span the globe and shape human lives." More than two development to support new course development and
years of strategic planning led the college to settle on glob- relevant research, as building faculty capacity is critical
al education and leadership development as its hallmarks. for the initiative's future." It held on-campus workshops
and syllabus-writing seminars and arranged a four-day
professional development program in Jamaica, as well as
risk and crisis management training for faculty who had
never led students abroad before.
First-year student Summer Bosley, 18, was headed to
Jamaica with her Journeys class, which is exploring race,
place, and the ongoing impact of such historical forces
as colonialism, slavery, and inequality. She'd only learned
about Summit after accepting Agnes Scott's admission,
but views the college's twin emphases as "phenomenal."
"We live in a society so greatly affected by globalization. I have a friend in the Ukraine. I can get on the
Internet and find 80 people from Russia who suddenly
want to be my best friend. That's the environment we live
in," said Bosley, who is weighing majoring in religion and
international relations. "It's so important to have a track
that says, 'We as a college know that being global is not
just important, it's a necessity.'"



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