Alumni Reflections: Advocating for Inclusion

Alumni Reflections: Advocating for Inclusion

I am an alumnus of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program where I attended the University of Southern Indiana in 2010. The Global UGRAD Program brought me out of my comfort zone. As a disabled person with limited independent living skills, I had to force myself to become self-reliant during the program. For instance, my first trip on my own, without …

Celebrating Inclusion on Campus

Celebrating Inclusion on Campus

As we prepare to celebrate Pride Week in June, World Learning is sharing students’ experiences throughout the semester observing inclusion on campus. World Learning’s Global UGRAD OPAL course module “Beyond Tolerance: Inclusion and Diversity Practices,” encourages students to attend an event or club meeting that serves as a space for minority students. Below are some welcoming spaces students discovered! Ali …

Flawed but Ambitious–Diego’s Take on NYC

Flawed but Ambitious–Diego’s Take on NYC

New York City is a mess. The clean spots are so clean that you know someone is funneling obscene amounts of money into them, and the neglected parts are so messy that you know someone is not listening. The city has its problems—poverty, crime, pollution—but proudly calls itself “the greatest city in the world” over the sounds of taxis blaring …

Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Woman I Admire

Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Woman I Admire

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Global UGRAD students reflected on women from all backgrounds and walks of life who have inspired them to pursue their dreams. Maureen Tejeda, Dominican Republic, University Houston-Victoria: The woman who has inspired me to continue pursuing my dreams is the best known as “RBG”, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of …

Alumni Update: Christine Grace Meneses Catindig, Philippines

Alumni Update: Christine Grace Meneses Catindig, Philippines

A Full Circle: Two Years of Paying it Forward Two years have passed since I received the Global UGRAD award from the Philippine Fulbright Commission and, although perhaps cliché, the program changed my life. In my opinion, Global UGRAD is unique because it is holistic. In addition to experiencing the rigor of U.S. coursework and the diversity of American culture, …

Inclusion on Campus

Inclusion on Campus

To be an effective leader, it is important to challenge one’s assumptions of others and create spaces where traditionally silenced groups are given an opportunity to be heard. As part of World Learning’s Global UGRAD OPAL course module “Beyond Tolerance: Inclusion and Diversity Practices,” students were requested to attend an event or club meeting that serves as a space for …

Philippines Alumni Update: Nicole Yu

Philippines Alumni Update: Nicole Yu

Since I got back from my exchange in Mississippi, I graduated from my university and joined several management trainings with different companies, including one with Nestle Philippines. I also started writing for a national broadsheet while I was figuring out what to do next. Aside from that, I resumed my job as an events host and model in my country. …

Alumni: AEIF 2017 Winner- The arTEA Project

Alumni: AEIF 2017 Winner- The arTEA Project

Christine Catindig, Philippines, Utica College, Global UGRAD 2016-2017 While it is true that the Global UGRAD Program helps its participants answer their questions about the world, the uniqueness of the program also lies in its ability to encourage and influence students to dare ask themselves challenging questions such as “What can we do to serve others?” The arTEA Project is …