Have an interest in everything international, but don’t have the time or means to travel the globe? No worries, The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship brings the world to Drake.
Thanks to the Center, you will have the chance to meet and hear from world leaders. Past lecturers include United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, Fulbright Center President Harriet Fulbright, former Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano, and U.S. ambassador George Moose. During the Center’s 30-plus events each year, you’ll learn from international experts on topics like environmentalism, the Arab Spring, and global commerce.
The goal of the Center is to provide you with the skills to thrive in different cultural contexts, and to see your own culture from the perspective of others. The Center works to ensure global perspectives and issues are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural experience of all members of the Drake community.
In addition to enhancing the international environment at Drake, the Center helps students and professors expand their horizons off campus. The Global Citizenship Faculty Research and Development fund enables faculty members to conduct research and other activities abroad that expand international knowledge. The Center reaches out to the community through many co-sponsored events and the placement of Global Ambassadors in volunteer positions as well.
The Center for Global Citizenship also oversees and provides funding for initiatives like the Global Ambassador Program; the Global and Comparative Health concentration; Model United Nations, European Union, and Arab League; community outreach; and faculty and curriculum development.