Global Mission Leadership Initiative

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PURPOSE The Global Mission Leadership (GML) Initiative of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work contributes to Christ-centered international development through culturally-informed education, a scholarship program to empower leaders to see transformation in their home nations, and informed engagement with congregations and religiously affiliated organizations.

Scholarship Program
The GML scholarship program aims to cultivate reciprocal cross-cultural learning and innovation among students in the GSSW. Through this program, global Christian leaders earn a masters’s degree in social work (MSW) to further equip them with practice skills to see increased impact in their home communities while investing cultural expertise and knowledge into GSSW students and faculty. 

GML Concentration
The GML concentration is for students interested in developing a specific knowledge base in international social work practice. It provides students the opportunity to create a strategic approach for addressing a specified social issue in a country of concern utilizing accumulated research, government, non-governmental and congregational resources.

Global Classroom
GML - Flags in the Living Room The GML initiative hopes to further develop curricula that impact the education of our social work students. Electives focus on human rights, social development, and global citizenship. Current electives offered are 5212 Cross Cultural Seminar: A Refugee Experience (Fall 2018), 5213 International Social Work (Spring 2019) and 5211 International Research and Strategic Planning (Fall 2019). The initiative hopes to encourage the development of study abroad electives, allowing students to receive course credit for international educational opportunities, as well as an opportunity to engage other cultures and develop culturally competent social work practice. Additionally, the development of faculty exchanges between our GML scholarship alumni who are now educators in universities and the SSW faculty might pose an opportunity for continual mutual learning, innovative thinking, and advancement.

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For more information, please contact:
Jennifer S. Dickey
Director of GML