Monday, November 2, 2009

A Lehigh Greek Goes Global

Michelle Lumino, '12, a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, reflects on her involvement and experiences in Lehigh's Global Citizenship program:

I was first introduced to the Global Citizenship (GC) program while being interviewed for admittance to Lehigh. Immediately, I jumped at the opportunity, hoping that it would bring a global aspect to my education. After three semesters and a trip to Ghana, the program as connected me to Lehigh and the community in more ways than I could have ever expected.

The Global Citizenship program is a four-year, multi-disciplinary tract course, created upon the virtues of ethical responsibility and global awareness. First semester freshmen year, we were enrolled in two courses designed to prepare us for our trip, and then that winter break we traveled to Ghana. We are a very tight group, and although we individually have varying interests and involvements on campus, the experience we shared in Ghana will continue to connect us throughout our time at Lehigh. Senior year, we will come together again to work on a capstone project - an either individual or group assignment created and enacted by our cohort, either on campus or abroad.

In addition to the obvious benefits of this program, GC has been an amazing connection to events and activities on campus that I would otherwise have been unfamiliar. The program makes it easy to be exposed to such things as a UN representative on campus or an international film showing, for example, and have fifteen other students that are also willing to attend makes becoming involved much easier. In general, the Lehigh Global Citizens are a group of socially dedicated and internationally aware students wanting to make change in the global community. GC is an outstanding program that I strongly recommend for interested incoming freshmen!