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Rockefeller Global Leadership Program

RGLP Recap: Assessing Cultural Proficiency with Amy Newcomb and Vincent Mack

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) through participant narratives. RGLP engages Dartmouth students who have demonstrated leadership skills and would like to extend these skills on a globally conscious level. In this program, students focus on and further develop international leadership competencies, which have become increasingly crucial in corporate, public and non-profit sectors today.

How do you think about your and other cultures? The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a measure of an individual's level of intercultural competence, challenged RGLP participants recently to address this question of personal capabilities.

RGLP Recap: Understanding Idenity with Dr. Dottie Morris

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) through participant narratives. RGLP engages Dartmouth students who have demonstrated leadership skills and would like to extend these skills on a globally conscious level. In this program, students focus on and further develop international leadership competencies, which have become increasingly crucial in corporate, public and non-profit sectors today.

This week RGLP participants had the pleasure of participating in a session with Dr. Dottie Morris, Chief Officer of Diversity and Multiculturalism and Title IX Coordinator at Keene State College. Much of our session centered on the concept of identity—how we as individuals come to understand identity, what elements of our lives and experiences have influenced its development, and if identity is even a constant in a world of fluctuating circumstances.

RGLP Recap: "Framing Global Leadership" with Dr. Gama Perruci

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) through participant narratives. RGLP engages Dartmouth students who have demonstrated leadership skills and would like to extend these skills on a globally conscious level. In this program, students focus on and further develop international leadership competencies, which have become increasingly crucial in corporate, public and non-profit sectors today.

RGLP Recap: Yoga

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) through participant narratives. RGLP engages Dartmouth students who have demonstrated leadership skills and would like to extend these skills on a globally conscious level. In this program, students focus on and further develop international leadership competencies, which have become increasingly crucial in corporate, public and non-profit sectors today.

When we had our first session of RGLP and the program overview presentation mentioned yoga as the activity for one of the sessions, I was definitely skeptical of its relevance to the RGLP curriculum. To me, yoga has always been just a glorified stretching routine. I never really saw its importance or took the people who regularly practiced and swore by it seriously. I had never done yoga before, so jumping right in at “hot” yoga had never really crossed my mind as a potential activity of mine.

RGLP Recap: "Solving 21st century problems Demands intercultural competence."

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) through participant narratives. RGLP engages Dartmouth students who have demonstrated leadership skills and would like to extend these skills on a globally conscious level. In this program, students focus on and further develop international leadership competencies, which have become increasingly crucial in corporate, public and non-profit sectors today.

RGLP Recap: "Global Citizenship" with Dr. Gama Perucci

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) through participant narratives. RGLP engages Dartmouth students who have demonstrated leadership skills and would like to extend these skills on a globally conscious level. In this program, students focus on and further develop international leadership competencies, which have become increasingly crucial in corporate, public and non-profit sectors today.

“What if we create our own country right here?” and “Will nations ever agree to open borders?” were some of the questions our guest speaker, Dr.  Gama Perruci, posed to my fellow RGLP participants and me at our Monday meeting.

RGLP: Cultural Identifications with Professor Claudia Anguiano

Professor Claudia Anguiano began her two-hour session on Cultural Identifications with a PowerPoint presentation that revealed how minor differences in terminology can have major impacts on a population’s perceived identity of certain groups. As an example, she challenged us to exchange the word “illegal” with “undocumented” when saying the phrase “Illegal Immigrants.” The group and I quickly realized that, though similar, the difference in wording has a major impact on the perception of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Not only are undocumented immigrants affected by the harsh labeling of their current position but other groups as well.

RGLP goes through the motions of Hot Yoga

When I heard that we were going to be going to a Hot Yoga session I was ecstatic. I considered myself reasonably flexible and I loved to stretch. I was also intrigued by the idea of the fact that the room would be hot because I needed to sweat out a few extra calories in preparation for Caribbean Carnival. I knew for sure that this session would be unlike any session that we had previously. While previous sessions were more about learning to be a global leader it seemed, at first, that this session was just about relaxation and fun.

As we arrived at and entered the hot yoga studio room I could feel myself taking in the new atmosphere and trying to prepare myself for this new experience that was about to occur. The instructor started the group off with some slow and relatively easy stretches. While we were stretching, I realized that I should have heeded the warning of the RGLP advisors and not eaten before this session. My turkey sandwich was not sitting too well at that moment. As the room became warmer and my stomach settled, my body began to relax more and the stretch sequences, while still a bit out of my comfort zone, became easier with repetition and focus.

RGLP Participants Self-Assess Using the Intercultural Developmental Inventory

 
Before week three of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program, “Self Assessment with IDI,” began, participants took an online test, the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI). This purposefully vague assignment (RGLP’s leaders intentionally did not provide much context), asked me to respond to many statements that evaluated my culture with respect to others.

RGLP discusses "Are We There Yet?" with Dr. Gama Perruci

Having spent significant time in both the United States and Korea, I often ask myself about where I belong. Am I a Korean-American or a Korean with an American passport or an American with a Korean passport? As a member of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program, I stepped into the lecture room with these questions in mind.

Dr. Gama Perucci's lecture titled "Are We There Yet" delves into the issues of nation-building and nationalism. Throughout the lecture, he discussed the birth and the demarcation of a state prior to 1600 with the introduction of conscription and taxation, and the democratization of the nation in 1800s spurred by a series of revolution that introduced the notion of citizenship.

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