Global Studies at Pennington
I want all of our students to believe that their Pennington education prepares them to give back to the world rather than give them a leg up to get ahead in the world.” —Dr. William S. Hawkey, Head of school
Hear from our Global Studies students!
"I have developed a strong sense of empathy and interest in the communities around the world, and I have taken conscious steps to be a better global citizen because of the Global Studies program."
"Pennington helps me to grow as a person. The diverse community encouraged me to join the Global Studies program, through which I have learned to appreciate the interconnecting globe and realized my role as a global citizen."
"Global Studies is an amazing program that fundamentally changed my thinking approach toward society, especially from my own circle of comfort and knowledge. I walked out of the ‘cultural cave’ with a sharpening mind, seeing the interdependence between humans, nature, and the cities we are surrounded in, especially during the pandemic. As an international student, Global Studies exposed me to new societal phenomenons, and also helped me to cope with biases between American and Chinese cultures. I found my real passion and interest in sociology and humanities."
"I joined the Global Studies program to learn about how I can be a better contributor to our global community. From the Global Studies program, I have enjoyed learning about different cultures and the roles that they play in making our so wonderfully diverse world."
Global Studies Mission and Outcomes
The mission of the Global Studies Program at The Pennington School, through the Global Studies certificate, travel opportunities, and campus-wide initiatives, is to support and enhance our informed, active, and ethical participation in global ideas, issues, and communities, both at home and abroad.
The outcomes of the program:
- Exercise agency - Make positive change in the community.
- Embrace diversity - Learn about and experience the value of many cultures, of people who identify in different ways, or of those who hold differing perspectives about the world.
- Explore with curiosity - Take an interest in learning about the world, new cultures, languages, and geographic places.
- Express empathy - Demonstrate compassion for others' experiences.
Past Global Opportunities
Alix Samuel ’11 returned to campus on Friday, April 21, to speak with students from the Global Studies Certificate Program and the United People of Many Colors club about her role as officer of employee engagement and workplace giving at the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
From February 24 through 26, twelve Pennington students participated in the Philadelphia Model United Nations conference.
On Friday, February 10, the Global Studies program welcomed London-based journalist Amie Ferris-Rotman over Zoom to speak about her experience working on a recent story for Time magazine titled “Far From Home: Afghan Women after the Taliban Takeover.”