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Ujima Global Leaders Program

Ujima Global Leaders Program
Ujima Global Leaders Admission Requirements
Ujima Global Leaders Program Overview
Ujima Global Leaders Learning Objectives

Ujima Global Leaders Program 2014 Overnight Welcome Event

The Ujima Global Leaders Program

A commitment to success

Through a strong partnership between the John D. O'Bryant African-African American Institute, the Department of African-American Studies, and Residential and Cultural Life, the Ujima Global Leaders Program, formerly known as the Ujima Scholars Program, was founded at Northeastern in 1972. The Ujima Global Leaders Program is a program focused on developing leaders for an increasingly diverse and complex world. Ujima Global Leaders are supported by a scholarship in recognition of their accomplishments and their potential to become agents for positive change in both our local and global communities.

Named for the Swahili word “Ujima,” meaning "collective work and responsibility," Ujima Global Leaders from all academic disciplines will work collaboratively to develop intercultural competence and awareness by engaging with communities on campus, throughout Boston, and around the world.  Working with staff and faculty, Ujima Global Leaders may choose to make an impact based on their interest and goals via community service involvement, experiential opportunities, research, and global experiences. Committed to excellence, academic achievement, service, and diversity, Ujima Global Leaders will be prepared to meet the challenges of a swiftly-changing world.

Ujima Global Leaders Admission Requirements

The Ujima Global Leaders Program is by invitation only. The program seeks to enroll talented first-year students with demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in community involvement and in issues related to diversity and inclusion. First generation students with demonstrated academic strength and financial need will receive preference in the selection process.

Students who are selected for the program receive a $15,000 Ujima Global Leadership Award and those with demonstrated financial need, as determined by Northeastern University, will receive a financial aid package that meets their full need. Ujima Global Leaders will also be expected to participate in Northeastern’s Civic Engagement Program and to complete 50 hours of community service each year.

The Ujima Global Leaders Program aims to:

Create a diverse cohort that provides students with the opportunity to connect, grow, and learn from students that have similar interests and passions

Engage students in a variety of educational pursuits—academic and experiential at the university, in the local community, and throughout the world

Guide students through the diverse opportunities for personal growth and development within the Northeastern community

Develop the leadership, communication, and teamwork skills needed for success in the 21st Century

the next generation of campus, community, and industry leaders

Ujima Global Leaders Program Overview

Through interactive and experiential skill-building workshops, Ujima Global Leaders will step into three interconnected worlds: campus, the city of Boston, and the global community. The program is designed so participants can lead a purposeful life of global citizenship, excellence, service, and personal and professional success. The program’s objectives are as follows:

  • To develop students’ leadership capabilities
  • To support student connectedness and engagement for overall success
  • To expose students to personal, professional, and career development opportunities
  • To deepen a sense of community and shared purpose among students from diverse backgrounds
  • To demonstrate the importance of global citizenship
  • To build the skills of intercultural competence and communication
  • To introduce dialogue as a skill necessary for global leadership and life-long success
  • To engage students in meaningful community service experiences
  • To expand students’ knowledge of issues regarding diversity and inclusion

Initiatives of the program include keeping students focused and engaged in their career goals via connections to corporate and community representatives. The program also provides a variety of extracurricular academic experiences, such as:

  • The Ujima Global Leaders Pre-arrival Program prior to the start of the fall semester
  • Participation in Northeastern’s Lead360
  • Leadership Development Seminar series
    • Workshop series model focusing on “critical components” for success such as social capital, professionalism, and self-advocacy
  • Presidential Global Scholar Award
  • Alumni Mentorship opportunities
  • Participation at the annual alumni event on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Participation in the Empower initiative including conferences and overnights focusing on developing student leaders

´╗┐Ujima Global Leaders Learning Objectives

Ujima Global Leaders will:

  • Learn and embody the definition of the term global citizenship
  • Build foundational tools for leadership skills and capabilities
  • Learn other skill sets essential to global citizenship such as listening, mediation, conflict analysis, group facilitation, and intercultural communication
  • Identify their personal leadership style
  • Be able to describe their leadership strengths
  • Be able to develop connections and build collaborations
  • Learn the importance of the impact of gender, ethnicity, race, or life backgrounds
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