Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

Global Alliance Institute
Leadership and Liberal Arts: A Foundation for Social Good

June 18-20, 2018
FLAME University, Pune India


All sessions will be held in Chanakya 001, except the workshops, which will be held in the Kalidas Performing Arts Building (FLAME campus map). An asterisk (*) next to a name indicates a student presenter.

Sunday, June 17, 2018
6:30 PM   Registration — Executive Dining Room, Dining Hall
7:00 PM   Reception — Executive Dining Room, Dining Hall
Monday, June 18, 2018
9:30 AM   Campus Tour (optional) meet outside the Dining Hall
10:00 AM   Registration  outside Chanakya 001
10:30 AM   Welcome — Dr. Devi Singh, Vice Chancellor, FLAME University
Simon Gray, Program Officer, Great Lakes Colleges Association

How to Build a Student Leadership Program: The Case of the LDI

Chaima Ben Yahia, Program Coordinator, Fatima Ezzahra Riakhi*, Oumaima Maliki* — all of the Leadership Development Institute at Al Akhawayn University (Ifrane, Morocco)

This case study will present the student leadership program of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at Al Akhawayn University (AUI) in Morocco. The case study will present how best practices in student leadership development (mostly from the US) were incorporated with Morocco-specific leadership research and adapted to the specific developmental needs of AUI students and the institutional realities of AUI. This case demonstrates how to build student leadership programs at GLAA institutions, especially those outside of the United States. Recent efforts to establish an assessment regime and launch a leadership minor (the first in the MENA region) will also be presented.


The Baytna à Vous Project: A Case Study

Jasmine Paul*, Marc Montheard, Vice President for Student Services — both of The American University of Paris (Paris, France)

The Baytna à Vous project provides support to Syrian refugees in France, raises awareness about the refugee crisis in Europe, and raises money to help Syrians who are in Syria or in refugee camps. In collaboration with a local NGO, it offers Syrian refugees social and therapeutic activities every other week on campus (art therapy for the children, and language instruction for the children and the parents). Even though the project was an entirely student-led initiative, our institution provided support to ensure its success and sustainability (faculty mentor, Student Development staff, logistical support, access to Student Senate budget). The club founder had a long history of student leadership, but for some students, like Jasmine, our student presenter, it was the project that gave her an initiation to leadership, which then led her to hold an executive position in our Student Government Association for two consecutive years.

12:00 PM  


1:15 PM  

Fostering Leadership Development Through Programming

Kendra Morehead, Assistant Director of International Student Services — The College of Wooster (Wooster, USA)

As educators, it is our duty to expand the worldview of our students and introduce them to innovative strategies for becoming better global citizens. The College of Wooster has risen to this challenge by offering a myriad of programs and initiatives that allow students to engage in leadership-building opportunities both within our campus community and in the general community of Wooster. This presentation will introduce some programs available to students at Wooster, focusing on the International Student Orientation Committee (ISOC) Leadership Development Program. The presenter will discuss how this program came to exist, specific leadership skills it addresses, and assessment of the program's success.


Fostering Global Leaders: A Perspective from Japan

Mark Williams, Vice President for International Academic Exchange, Yasutaka Matsui* — all of International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan)

Following its successful bid for inclusion in the "Top Global University" initiative in Japan, International Christian University (ICU) has fostered the concept of the "intentional learner", whereby each student is encouraged to take responsibility for their overall academic career trajectory. The emphasis here has been on leadership skills as representing an integral part of whole person development and thus ICU has sought to introduce such leadership development opportunities from both a top-down and a bottom-up perspective. In this session, Professor Williams and student Yasutaka Matsui will present details of some of the leadership development opportunities available to ICU students from both the above perspectives. This will include details of some of the pioneering work that ICU has been doing in service learning in recent years, both within Japan and overseas, the faculty-led study tours, etc.; the second half will include examples of various student initiatives that attest to the same commitment.

2:25 PM  


2:55 PM  

Postindustrial Revival in Albion, Michigan: The Role of Liberal Arts Colleges

Matthew Schoene, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Robert Joerg* — both of Albion College (Albion, USA)

Albion College is located in the town of Albion, Michigan, a former factory city which recently experienced major job and population loss. Under the leadership of President Mauri Ditzler, the college has embarked on several projects explicitly aimed to revitalize the city's urban core, including a restored historical theater, a new Public Policy Center, a brand new hotel, a microbrewery, a bakery and restored housing for faculty in walking distance of campus. In this session, we will describe these projects in detail, discuss how involvement in the local community contributes to the liberal arts mission of the college, and offer insight into how students can be encouraged to become members of not just the college but the community as a whole.


WORKSHOP — Building a Character-Rich Foundation for Leadership (Kalidas Performing Arts Building)

Glenn A. Bryan, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Charlie Kottler* — both of Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, USA)

In 2016, Ohio Wesleyan University partnered with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to design a program to teach and nurture leadership in our students that was grounded in character ethics. The Leadership Character Development program emerged as a multi-lesson approach to teach ethics across a 4-year business program. The goal of the Leadership Character Development program is to train up future business leaders that ground their personal and professional actions and decisions in a common understanding of character ethics. Through the workshop, participants will: 1. Learn about the OWU Leadership Character Development (LCD) program. 2. Explore how the LCD program was developed in partnership with the BBB. 3. Discuss in small groups how the Leadership Character Development program could be adapted to work in your discipline or even across your institution. 4. Select one course in your major and outline a lesson that connects the character ethics to your discipline.

6:00 PM  

Cultural Program: 'Nrutya-Aruvi' ..... Journey from the Form to the Formless (Kalidas Performing Arts Building)
India is rich with many varieties of dance forms, co-existing in harmony with the essential 'Indianness' in all of them. We present Bharatnatyam, the classical dance from South India at the cultural evening. Bharatnatyam is well known for picturesque poses, geometry of body, Carnatic music, beautiful make up and costumes.

7:30 PM   Dinner
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
9:30 AM  

Same Seeds in Different Soils: The Development of Student Leadership Programs in the United States and Hong Kong

Constance Chan, Service-Learning Teaching Fellow, Office of Service-Learning, Wong Oi Yam*, Service-Learning Teaching Assistant, both of Lingnan University (Hong Kong), Bikalpa Baniya*, Bonner Scholar, Trecia Pottinger, Director, Bonner Center for Service and Learning, both of Oberlin College (Oberlin, USA)

The session will examine two programs that use community engagement as a vehicle for student leadership development. The Bonner Scholars Program is a community-service scholarship program that supports students at 22 colleges who have high financial need and strong commitments to service, and Oberlin College's program is in its 25th year. The Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Program at Lingnan University was developed based on the Bonner Program model. Representatives from Oberlin and Lingnan will share insights on how they have drawn on the Bonner Foundation's framework to implement programs in their local contexts that cultivate increasing levels of student leadership, prepare students to engage in ways that advance community goals, and help students develop skills that will have application in their personal and professional lives.


A Leadership Capstone Course for Engineers with Love and Compassion

Prince Kennedy Kwarase, Faculty Intern, Rose Dodd, Assistant Lecturer, Haddijatou Touray* — all of Ashesi University (Accra, Ghana)

Leadership and service are often spoken together, but not as easily practiced together. For its first engineering class, Ashesi University redesigned its 10-year-running Leadership core capstone to better fit challenges in our society that call for engineers with love and compassion. The curriculum for delivery of this leadership development was tailored to fit this technical major in the liberal arts context. The Leadership IV for engineering course addresses how leadership for the social good differs from other kinds of leadership for engineers. The case will share how juniors in college studying a technical major were trained to be servant leaders. A combination of self and team evaluations, behavioral, and conflict styles analysis, and elements of POGIL were adopted to lead students to discover and carve out their own development as the leader who is servant first.

10:40 AM  


11:10 AM  

Whole Life Student Mentoring

Bill Clark, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Lisa Clark, Coordinator of the University Writing Center — both of American University in Bulgaria (Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria)

Leadership development is a multifaceted process extending beyond what happens in the classroom. Students grow as leaders as they are shaped by their instructors, interact with their peers, and engage in meaningful extra- and co-curricular activities and programs. We contribute to developing student leaders as "along-siders", personally engaging with them in a holistic manner. In one-on-one and small group settings, we focus on three key areas: knowledge, skills, and character. There is intentionality on our part, but no set curriculum or program. We endeavor to help students clarify and evaluate their own goals and develop strategies to accomplish them.

11:45 AM  


1:00 PM  

Special Session: Liberal Education in National and Global Contexts

Moderator - Maya Dodd, Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, FLAME University
Panelists - Gina Annunziato Dow, Associate Professor of Psychology and Alford Coordinator of Service Learning and Erik Farley, Dean of Student Leadership and Community Engagement, Division of Student Development — both of Denison University; Mary Grace Neville, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Management, Al Akhawayn University; Constance Chan, Service-Learning Teaching Fellow, Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan University; Aditya Nain, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Logic, School of Liberal Education, FLAME University; Prince Kennedy Kwarase, Faculty Intern, Business Administration Department, Ashesi University

This panel explores the goals and methods of liberal arts education across several Alliance schools in the context of institutional purpose, which is often tied directly to addressing national and regional needs.

The impetus for this session was a conversation at the 2017 Global Course Connections workshop about “de-colonializing” liberal arts education which began with the observation that liberal arts institutions from many parts of the world have adapted curricula, syllabi, and teaching methods from the West, especially from U.S. institutions. The argument was made that “blind adoption” assumes that Western curricula and pedagogy have equal educational validity across the globe, and may fail to acknowledge or make use of the unique contributions non-Western institutions make to the global community of learners.

Concerns about the content and pedagogical practices of a liberal arts education draws us to the importance of linking teaching and (co-)curricular offerings to an institution’s purpose. Indeed, we see this across the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, which includes several institutions recently founded, usually by nationals of the country, to accomplish some purpose the founders felt was important to the development of their country.


Entrepreneurship: Building Blocks for Leadership and Social Good

Ferdinand Che, Assistant Professor, School of Information Technology and Computing, Amina Muhammad Abbas* — both of American University of Nigeria (Yola, Nigeria)

As a development university, AUN focuses on its practical role as a catalyst for development. As such, AUN is committed to preparing social impact leaders through its multi-disciplinary and action-based learning approach which aims to equip students with the skills needed to solve development issues on the continent, and give them the knowledge needed to create solutions that will benefit their communities. AUN's entrepreneurship program incorporates a series of courses that unfold in a deliberately progressive fashion, starting with an introduction to the principles of business and developmental challenges. It incorporates specific practical components to reinforce student's problem solving skills and leadership development. Using still images, short videos, testimonies from student beneficiaries, internship supervisors, and recruiters, the case study illustrates how a deliberately orchestrated entrepreneurship program in a development university can help to produce proactive and engaged leaders, act as a catalyst for social impact, and enhance teaching and research.

2:35 PM  


2:55 PM  

Integrating Co-Curricular and Academic Aspects on Leadership

Roberto Cordon, Professor of Management and International Relations, Russell Martin, Director of Student Leadership and Engagement, Frederick Coleman* — all of Franklin University Switzerland (Sorengo, Switzerland)

Liberal arts institutions are able to help students develop a more nuanced understanding of the world. Partnerships between faculty and student affairs practitioners present leadership as both an academic and a practical concept. This session will explore collaborative models in which the theoretical and experiential are linked and the opportunities and limitations such partnerships present are discussed. The presenters will discuss how courses/programs foster a leadership culture among interested students on campus. For small institutions this could help identify emerging leaders early in their study and then try to provide a mix of opportunities for their development.


WORKSHOP — None of Us Is as Smart as All of Us (Kalidas Performing Arts Building)

Mary Grace Neville, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Management, Al Akhawayn University (Ifrane, Morocco)

Working together in small groups and in plenary, we will collaborate to build a ‘rich picture’ – a visual schematic – of what we each know, assume, and question about the power of ‘leading’ in today and tomorrow’s world. Recognizing that ‘leadership’ is a complex and often ill-defined concept or state of being, this action-research approach seeks to classify what we collectively know and want to know. Whether your perspective is scholarly, pedagogical, or anecdotal, your insights matter. The outcome will be a shared resource that participants, and our home institutions, can draw upon as we seek to teach and become better leaders in our increasingly complex global world.

7:30 PM  


Wednesday, June 20, 2018
9:00 AM  

WORKSHOP — The Role of Staff, Students, Faculty and Partner Organisations in the Creation of Sustainable Initiatives (Kalidas Performing Arts Building)

Tanya Elder, Assistant Professor of Global Communications, Evelyn Odonkor, Assistant Professor of International Business Administration — both of American University in Paris (Paris, France)

This workshop will explore two essential aspects of what it means to engage with Leadership for Social good. Our focus will be on what staff, students and faculty can do to ensure that the initiatives they are working on correspond to the needs expressed by the community. Secondly we will explore how these initiatives are sustainable by students, faculty and staff over time and at the institutional level. How can we ensure that projects, programs, courses, and clubs endure and do not depend on specific individuals? The workshop will begin with a 5-minute student-produced movie by Faith Toran on our partners' perception of university/local partnerships and what they believe are essential elements to sustain these relationships. This will be followed by a workshop, during which staff, students and faculty will reflect on two topics: 1) Sustaining University/Community relationships and 2) Ensuring the viability and durability of University initiatives.

10:30 AM  


11:00 AM  

Liberal Arts Education through Service Learning and Leadership Development

Joseph Sun, Vice Rector, M. Vaqas Ali, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology (via Skype), Saqib Ali* (via Skype) — all of Forman Christian College (Lahore, Pakistan)

Forman Christian College will form its very first academically-based service learning (ABSL) course in Spring 2019 to explore Pakistan’s brick kiln laborers working under debt bondage, and engage students in service and leadership development via a trial intervention in a nearby rural Christian brick worker community. The course will examine sociological, cultural, economic, and political elements that impact the current situation. The pilot intervention will work with a community leader, select and train participants in alternative skills (stitching) and managing a home-based business, organize an exhibition to sell items prepared by participants, help them to utilize profits to partially pay off debts or set up a home-based stitching business, and train another group. This ABSL course provides substantive learning in poverty reduction through service learning, integrating leadership training, embracing key aspects of a liberal arts based education, and connecting learning to service for the social good.


"The Other Side of the Coin": A Case Study about Venezuelan Immigration

Cristina Castrillon, Professor of Advertising and Marketing — Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Quito, Ecuador),

USFQ is a liberal arts university located in Quito, Ecuador that provides students with various opportunities to strengthen their leadership and creative abilities, one of them is by making them participate actively in their community to find positive answers for complex situations. When Venezuelan immigrants arrived to Ecuador due to their unstable political and economic situation, our class planned an effective campaign by applying previous knowledge to find adequate ways to help the recently growing community. The purpose of this project is to offer solutions that will help to live in harmony and counteract aggressive behaviors produced locally.

12:10 PM  


1:25 PM  

Enhancing Civic Action at the Interface of the Local and Global

Laura Reeck, Professor of French, Noah Dawgiello*, Emily Smith* — all of Allegheny College (Meadville, USA)

The Global Citizen Scholars (GCS) Program at Allegheny College focuses on the ways in which civic engagement, global learning, and U.S. diversity interface and mutually influence one another. In our presentation, we respond to the following thematic prompt: What does it mean to develop "global leaders"? Do the approaches that meet this goal differ from educating leaders to achieve more local purposes? To this our short answer is that to develop global leaders can first and meaningfully mean developing local (and peri-local) leaders. Ideally, students can gain portable connections and knowledge through local (and peri-local) civic-mindedness that bridge organically toward the global, opening new doors and pathways. Student co-presenters will add perspectives on their growth and learning in the GCS Program, focusing particularly on our work in the refugee community in Erie, PA and how this commitment has influenced their understandings of the local and the global, and ways to move between them.


Developing Leadership Skills Through Service-Learning: Case Study from Best Practices at USFQ (Ecuador)

Karla Diaz, Service-Learning Coordinator and Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Michelle Salazar* — both of Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Quito, Ecuador)

This session's focus will be on how to use the service-learning model as a pedagogy to promote students' leadership skills. The Civic Attitudes and Skills Questionnaire (CASQ) was used to measure various aspects of civic engagement in our students and significant results in leadership skills and other factors will be shared. Both quantitative and qualitative results will be discussed in relation to leadership skills and they will serve as the basis to present our service-learning model in terms of course design and the specific role of faculty, students, administrators, and community partners. In addition, transformational and experiential learning theories will be analyzed as they relate to service-learning as a means to engage students in critical reflection about their role in society.

2:35 PM  


3:05 PM  

Student Panel: Observations about Leadership and Leadership Development

Representatives from two of the student working groups

Observations arising from working group discussions about cultural differences in perceptions of leadership and “universal” characteristics of leadership. There will be a summary of how leadership is developed on Alliance campuses.


Student Panel: Recommendations to Improve Leadership Development

Representatives from two of the student working groups

Actions that individual students can take to be better leaders on their campuses and in their communities, and recommendations for ways that Alliance campuses can improve/expand leadership development.


Closing Thoughts and Next Steps

7:30 PM  


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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

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