Women’s Emancipation and Development Agency (WOMEDA) Executive Director Juma Massisi (seated, center) facilitates conversation among women and Amizade students in Kayanga, Tanzania, as part of research that supported a successful United States Agency for International Development grant award for WOMEDA.


DukeEngage students Jeline Rabideau and Jenny Denton worked with middle school girls, such as ​Katie, in Western North Carolina to enhance literacy skills through digital storytelling projects focused on their families.


DukeEngage independent project student Alex Saffrit collaborated with a community member, Moses, in Nkokonjeru, Uganda, on a solar cooker project.


Ernesto Alaniz, community maintenance leader, Villanova civil engineering student Allie Braun, and Water for Waslala program manager Iain Hunt cooperate to inspect a new water tank near Santa Maria Kubali, Nicaragua.

Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Numerous philosophical, political, and sociological texts have broached the topic of global citizenship, along with increasing amounts of research and writing within GSL, but provocative articles for generalist GSL participants remain less common.

  1. In Becoming More Human; Building a Better World Eric Hartman expresses the humble yet optimistic approach to global engagement that characterizes much of the work of the current generation. Alternatively (and as a provocative contrast):
  2. Tayla Zemach-Bersin argues in The Chronicle of Higher Education that American Students abroad Can’t be ‘Global Citizens’.
  3. On a broader level, Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Case for Contamination in the New York Times Magazine offers a nuanced philosophical defense of some minimum equal treatment for all persons
  4. Each of the above articles may be considered before or after completing a What is Global Service? activity. That activity may be adjusted (providing different examples for consideration, perhaps more relevant to the specific GSL experience) for each course or program.