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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright


Today I want to share some information about a graduate program with a slightly new name and an exciting new focus. The Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development is designed to integrate knowledge across many topics, including ecology, economics, public policy, globalization, social justice, business, and environmental studies. Students from all over the world are enrolled in this Master’s program or in one of two professional certificates, in environmental policy and in global leadership.

Courses in GLSD are interdisciplinary by design and taught by faculty from different colleges at HPU. For example: John Gutrich from Natural Sciences teaches PSGL 6500 (Ecological Economics); Dan Morgan from Liberal Arts teaches PSGL 6001 (Power and Social Systems); and Art Whatley from Professional Studies serves as program chair and teaches in the program.

Educational experiences can help students learn the whys and hows of responding effectively to global forces. The M.A. in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development devotes special focus to two large-scale changes occurring in today’s world: climate change and globalization. For several years now, students in the program have committed themselves to service-learning activities through the GLOC (Global Leadership and Organizational Change) student club. Soon to be renamed the GREEN club, GLOC has been well known across campus for its involvement with planning and participating in the Global Citizenship Student Symposium held each semester to help students develop and refine their own meaning of what it means to become a global citizen.

Recently, in response to concerns about global climate change, the club has been responsible for organizing and managing two recycling programs on the downtown campus, establishing itself as a pathway for students to test their leadership skills and to learn firsthand how to connect their classroom learning to university and community needs.

To learn more about this interdisciplinary, globally focused masters program, contact Dean Gordon Jones in the College of Professional Studies or Dr. Art Whatley, program chair.

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