The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Rockefeller Global Leadership Program

Intentionally increase your comfort and understanding of people and cultures who are different in thoughts, beliefs, words, and actions; and learn how to lead by creating a climate of respect.

Global Leadership Program in Montreal

RGLP becomes a community for students over the course of a term. The program ends in a weekend culminating experience in Montreal or Boston. 

Global Leadership Program fall 2014

An important component of RGLP is a collective conversation informed by students’ past experiences, perspectives, ethnicity, and values.

RGLP is offered fall, winter, and spring terms for a carefully selected cohort of up to 25 sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Each session challenges students with an activity to better understand the topic introduced and reflect more deeply and critically over one’s own cultural perspective.

Throughout the program, students work to increase their ability to more effectively interact and communicate across difference. 

COVID-19 Update

For the Spring 2020 term, Rockefeller Center programs were offered remotely as a result of College policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs will continue in a remote format for the Fall 2020 term in order to be accessible to all students and to adhere to social distancing and group gathering policies. We are determined to continue offering quality programming in innovative ways.

About the Program

The Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) engages a diverse group of Dartmouth students who seek to develop their intercultural leadership competencies, which have become increasingly crucial in the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. 

Each Monday throughout the term, a cohort of 20-25 students will have in-depth discussions about topics such as cultural identity, cross-cultural communication, culture shock, diversity, self-awareness, and leadership. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of leadership in a global context through a multitude of small-group and individual activities, including scenario act-outs, case studies, and group presentations. Theory meets practice with a culminating weekend field excursion to Montreal or Boston. 

By the end of the program, students are better equipped to make a positive impact during culturally diverse experiences such as foreign study programs, field research projects, volunteering, internships, and post-graduation careers.

Application Process

The application process includes an online application and an interview. Zoom will be used if an applicant is currently off-campus. 


  • The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications for Winter 2021 will be made available during the first few weeks of the fall term. 


RGLP is offered fall, winter, and spring terms. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome to apply, regardless of major. First-year students who are veterans or have taken at least one gap year before coming to Dartmouth are also welcome to participate in RGLP.

For more information, email us at, or contact the program officer Leslie Wagner

"I am grateful to the Rockefeller Center for providing me with a wealth of opportunities to explore culture in the broadest sense of the word."

India Nelson '20

"RGLP created the space for us to not only ask uncomfortable questions about selfhood, but also a space for us to pursue being."

Mahealani DuPont '21

"Through RGLP, I have developed a deep appreciation for ambiguity, given that I have been provided with some additional tools on how I can be more adaptable."

Catherine Good '21

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences