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Changing the world sometimes changes you.

The Global Leadership Forum (GLF) helps participants develop skills to become change agents in an ever-shrinking world. You will live and learn with peers who are committed to positive change. Together, you will tackle challenges and negotiate difference—all in the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico.

GLF welcomes participants entering any year of high school who understand their futures depend on an increasingly global society. By combining hands-on learning with leadership training and practical project training, participants learn the skills they need to become culturally competent leaders and community builders. Participants:

  • engage with confidence in critical conversations that transform conflict

  • learn about the power of communication, and how to communicate effectively using a variety of media, including social media

  • hone intercultural skills through immersion and home-stays with families in Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • conceive, plan, and prepare for a project they will execute upon returning to their home community

GLF graduates come home as engaged, empowered citizens of the world, equipped with skills for success in university and beyond. All GLFers receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.



Meet Mariale

One of our assistant instructors

Learn how to use media for constructive purposes

Watch American Culture made by youth. Listen to a youth radio broadcast on race and ethnicity.


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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.

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UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.

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UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.

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Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.

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Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.

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Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%

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UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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