Global Community Initiative
Students who value and appreciate different perspectives from across the United States and around the world are best prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of our diverse global society. In support of Cardigan’s mission, the Global Community Initiative (GCI) enhances awareness of our multicultural world and develops the skills to be successful in it.
Boys from every grade participate in a weekly Global Leadership class where they gain new insights about different social identities and develop inclusive leadership skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, and innovative problem solving.
Director of Service Learning Ryan Sinclair
Each month the entire community also explores a geographic location and observes cultural, religious, and educational holidays from around the world. In addition, our service learning projects, annual conference, international trips, and guest speaker presentations further enrich learning. Lastly, GCI provides ongoing professional development and consultation to enhance the incorporation of global issues into the core curriculum and throughout the residential life experience.
Past GCI guest speakers have included:
- Gavin Hickie, Ireland, November 2014
- Andrew Nalani, Uganda, February 2015
- Dr. Kenneth Bauer, Nepal, May 2015
- Faith Rotich, Kenya, December 2015
- Fredrik Eriksson, Sweden, March 2016
- Loveridge Bere, Zimbabwe, November 2016
- Rafael Alves de Lima, Brazil, March 2017