Two groups of 5 undergraduates, including domestic students and international students, will be selected to participate in the Global Fellows Program. The program is divided into two tracks, and the fellowship is expected to be a one-year commitment with up to 4 hours of work weekly. The two tracks will determine the activities of a cohort for the semester. Half of the cohort will do one track fall semester, then switch to the other for the spring and vice versa.
Fellows in the program will attend monthly training sessions, be involved in event planning, and attend relevant globally focused events on campus. In addition, Fellows may be called upon to liaise with/represent Duke to visiting international scholars, Fulbright Scholars and foreign delegations to develop leadership and diplomatic skills. Finally, Fellows will be asked to produce a deliverable at the end of the program in the form of news articles about events, Chronicle op-eds or interviews with global experts on campus.
This is a nonpaid volunteer position. Upon completion, students will be awarded a certificate (endorsed by the Office of Global Affairs, International House, and the Career Center) and letters of recommendation from the Office of Global Affairs and International House.
II. Program Tracks
Track A: Programming & Leadership
- Plan and host monthly Global Engagement Nights: activities such as trivia night, game night, international food potluck, work with Freewater for international film showings and discussion, etc.
- Be paired with a participant from the Duke Language Partner Program (1 hour/week) for a language and cultural exchange: Help your language partner to learn English or other languages you might be able to offer. You can schedule with your language partner when to meet.
Track B: Language & Communication
- Participate in the IHouse English Conversation Club (Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm): lead small group discussions on American culture and social systems. You can also learn about many aspects of other cultures through this conversation club.
- Be paired with a participant from the Duke Language Partner Program (1 hour/week) for a language and culture exchange: Help your language partner to learn English or other languages you might be able to offer. You can schedule with your language partner when to meet.
- Choose to participate in one of the following programs:
- Be paired with one additional language partner from the Duke Language Partner Program
- Spanish Conversation Hour (Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm): Learn the Spanish language with a native speaker, or help other participants learn Spanish if it is your native language.
- Global Café (Fridays 9:30-10:30 am): Chat with international students and scholars over snacks and coffee at this weekly social event.
* Please note that IHouse programs might be impacted by COVID-19 and are subject to changes.
For both tracks
- Keep a monthly intercultural journal to reflect on your experiences in the program
- Produce at least one written deliverable at the end of the program. The deliverable can be news articles, op-eds, interviews of global figures on campus, etc.
III. Training Components and Dates
- Program Retreat & Global Cultural Awareness Training:
- Saturday, September 3, 2022, from 10 am to 2 pm
- Fellows will meet as a cohort for team-building activities and to assess their global competency and cultural awareness.
- Track-specific Training:
- Friday, September 9, 2022, from 12 noon to 2 pm
- Programming & Leadership Track: Collaboration and Event Planning
- Language & Communication Track: How to Facilitate Group Discussion
- Critical Reflection Tools for Cross-Cultural Experiences
- Friday, October 14, 2022, from 12 noon to 2 pm
- Fellows will learn reflection tools to help them better understand and process their cross-cultural experiences.
- Editorial Writing Skills
- Friday, November 4, 2022, from 12 noon to 2 pm
- Fellows will develop writing skills for sharing global experiences and sharpening professional communication skills.
- End-of-semester Reflection and Presentation
- Friday, December 2, 2022, from 12 noon to 2 pm
- Program Retreat and Global Leadership Training:
- Saturday, January 14, 2023, 10 am to 2 pm
- Fellows will meet as a cohort for team-building activities and gain a basic understanding of global leadership and discuss how to develop these traits in their Duke career and future.
- Track-specific Training:
- Friday, January 20, 2023, from 12 noon to 2 pm
- Programming and Leadership Track: Collaboration and Event Planning
- Language and Communication Track: How to Facilitate Group Discussion
- Global Leaders in Action
- Friday, February 3, 2023, from 12 noon to 2 pm (This date is tentative and subject to change based on speakers’ availability)
- Fellows will have an opportunity to hear from experienced professionals who are working in the international arena.
- How to Market your Global Experiences:
- Friday, March 24, 2023, from 12 noon to 2 pm
- Career Center will lead a workshop on how students can articulate and share their global experiences in their future job search and/or graduate school application.
- Global Engagement Action Plan:
- Friday, April 21, 2023, from 12 noon to 2 pm
- Fellows will reflect on and share their experiences. They will identify their strengths and weaknesses, and make an action plan to be more globally engaged after the program and as professionals.
Intercultural Development Inventory Assessment
Fellows will take the Intercultural Development Inventory Assessment (IDI) to understand their intercultural competence and measure the progress they have made through the program. Fellows will take a pre-test at the beginning of the fall semester and a post-test at the end of the Spring semester. IHouse staff will facilitate the debrief of the assessment.
*All training locations are TBD.
IV. Expected Outcomes
Through this program, the Fellows will be able to:
- Deepen their leadership and global social skills by interacting with people from various countries, helping them understand American culture and social structures and organizing global-themed events for the Duke community.
- Increase their knowledge of other cultures and social organizations, preferably including other languages as well.
- Understand and adopt pluralism in their life – recognizing different perspectives arising from various cultural backgrounds, which can be especially valuable when applied to their future professional and personal relationships.
- Gain professional communication and writing skills through training, the intercultural reflections and written communications, such as a news article or an op-ed.
- Demonstrate their ability to abide by strong work ethics through the Global Fellows Program required commitment of one year with a four-hour per week schedule.
- Strengthen their resume with a strong service and civic/global engagement component, demonstrated by the Global Fellows certificate.