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Rockefeller Global Leadership Program

Sachin Shiva ’22 RGLP Reflection: “The Tools to Engaging in Dialogue Across Difference”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

The Rockefeller Global Leadership Program has showed me how to engage in dialogue across difference. To do this effectively, there are certain tools that are necessary: self-understanding, empathy, and adaptability. In the following post, I will explain how to use these tools effectively to bridge dialogue across difference.

Anamika Shah ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Reconciling and Integrating Cultural Identities”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Owen Ritz ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone, While Stepping into Peru”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Emily Pommier ’22 RGLP Reflection: “Learning to Adapt Means Being Open-Minded”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Nitesh Pant ’22 RGLP Reflection: “Adapting to the Differences Between Us”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Jeffrey Li ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Keeping an Open Mind and Adapting in Uncomfortable Situations”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

With any new cultural experience, there will be moments when you have no idea how to act or what to say. As such, adaptability is a crucial skill that will help global leaders know how to act appropriately in uncomfortable and new cultural situations. From my experiences in RGLP, I gained a better understanding of “being comfortable with being uncomfortable” and how this cultural competency applies to being a global leader. 

Ryan Kilgallon ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Learning to Embrace Ambiguity”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Bee Hollyer ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Intercultural Transitioning: Canada to the United States”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Dr. Milton Bennett created the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) to explain our reaction to different cultural situations. At RGLP's first session, we discussed this model concerning global conflicts and current affairs. On a personal level, this model resonated with my own intercultural experience shifting from Canadian society to the heterogeneous, yet still American, institution Dartmouth provides.

Alexander Hirsch ’22 RGLP Reflection: “The Utilitarian and Personal Importance of Cultural Adaption”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Anne George ’22 RGLP Reflection: “Learning About Myself and Others”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

I joined RGLP because it felt like a calculated risk. I thought I would listen to a few lectures, discuss the value of diversity, and meet some new people. Throughout the term, though, it became a catalyst for some profound existential crises.

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