Program, Components/Curriculum

Program, components/curriculum

The Global Leadership Forum program centers on five areas that challenge participants to work with others, see the world differently, and develop a deeper appreciation for the outdoors.

1. Global Community Building & Cultural Experience

Participate in cultural shows or show off your talents! Learn the history of our campus and surrounding communities that witnessed the decolonization of the United States. Visit Bandelier National Monument and Tesuque Pueblo farm to learn about Native American Nations and agriculture practices. Explore downtown Santa Fe, enjoy live music, experience the beautiful Santa Fe Opera, eat delicious food, and soak up the Southwest culture!

2. Social Justice Project Development

Arrive with ideas and social justice challenges that exist in your home community. Through design thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and creativity, engage in activities that foster the development of a plan of action that improves or solves a community challenge. Implement this plan upon returning home with follow up from the GLF community.

3. Constructive Engagement of Conflict

Equip yourself with theoretical and practical lenses with which to constructively engage with personal, interpersonal, and community level conflicts. Learn how to use non-violent communication to communicate effectively and productively on important issues and topics.

4. Service Learning

Volunteer with local non-profit organizations such as the Santa Fe International Folk Arts Market, UWC-USA Agro-ecology Research Center, and with indigenous communities learning about the cultures and history of the American Southwest and the First Nations people.

5. Outdoor Adventures

Experience the outdoors and natural environment of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Challenge yourself and push your limits by hiking Hermit’s Peak in the Pecos Wilderness and explore the many trails around campus with unlimited views of our high altitude desert landscape. Watch the sunrise over the eastern horizon of the American Great Plains.

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"I learned about tools for self reflection and project development, most of which were completely new to me. I also was exposed to new people and cultures, which taught me about connecting with people. I also was involved in controversial conversations and I learned how to use constructive communication in difficult situations."

— GLF 2018 Participant