The Global Civic Education and Leadership Program is an initiative of the Bridgewater State University Center for Legislative Studies. The objective of the initiative is to increase project impact by coordinating civic education development opportunities within and outside of the BSU college community. Current partnerships are being developed in the United States of America, the Middle East, in China, and in Africa. Recent projects have included international relationships with partners in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Iraq, China, and Cape Verde.
The goal of the program is to approach civic education and leadership through a wide lens, using the concept to tie together research, community service, service learning, curriculum development, and grant development.
In the 2010-2011 school year, the Global Education and Leadership Program focused primarily on community outreach, research, and publication. Dr. Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger, as coordinator of the program, published two books chapters, submitted a chapter for publication, and completed three conference and community presentations through the support of the program. Additionally, this calendar year, the program began a new video series titled "Sustainable Communities", a series which allows community experts on sustainability, citizen participation, and social justice to speak about important global education and leadership issues. Seven videos were prepared and disseminated during the calendar in collaboration with the BSU TV Studio. The program allowed graduate students in the MPA program to practice their public speaking skills as facilitators on topics including organic food, coffee, green jobs, organic farming, recycling, reuse, social justice, genocide, and democracy. Undergraduate BSU students helped produce and edited the videos. Undergraduate students also participated as guest as they highlighted their work on projects such as Democracy Plaza and One-Million Bones project. The program also helped with the CLS project and presentation "Democratic Transitions In the Middle East: Opportunities and Challenges". BSU faculty and staff members who contributed to the center include Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger, Ed Brush, James Hayes-Bohanan, Ron Maribett, Mary Cahill, Arthur Slotnick, Matthew DeGrechie, Shaheen Mozaffar, Sandra Popiden, Jodie Kluver, and Kevin Donnelly.
The Bridgewater State University - Center for Legislative Studies and its Global Civic Education and Community Leadership Program would like to congratulate the recipients of the three 2008 conference scholarships to Insight Dubai at Dubai Womens College in the United Arab Emirates. Each of the scholarship winners will have the costs of their conference fees, lodging, and food covered. BSU faculty and students have participated in womens leadership conferences in the United Arab Emirates since 2006. The Center for Legislative Studies has provided assistance for over fifteen faculty and student trip to the United Arab Emirates since that time. Sponsored participants focus on international development, Middle Eastern politics and culture, and womens leadership.
The 2008 awardees are Sarah Chu, Kerri-Anne Hollingshead, and Laura Goodspeed. Tracey Livingston, an alumnus of BSU, will also be attending the conference as an alumni facilitator.
Congratulations to all four participants!
Insight Dubai - Women as Global Leaders at Dubai, United Emirates
- Dr. Deniz Leuenberger, Assistant Professor for Political Science and Coordinator of Global Civic Education and Leadership Program
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)
- Dr. Wendy Haynes, Associate Professor for Political Science
For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Modified: September 13, 2012