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“After going through the GLCP, I have recognized that global leadership is essential to move our ever changing society to a higher degree of consciousness, specifically liberty, freedom, justice, and self-actualization. I believe the GLCP is an important addition to UCI because the program has taught me, as well as the other participants, the idea of being a ‘transformative leader.’ Moreover, it has helped me network with other future global leaders and interact and share common goals about various countries that seek to obtain global change in our society today.”

- Roy Chan, UC Irvine Alum 2009, Crim/Law & Society Major

“GLCP has provided me with a greater sense of direction in terms of what I'd like to achieve while at UCI and abroad. It has encouraged me to explore so many opportunities at UCI that I would have never realized were there in the past. Lastly, I think GLCP will continue to achieve great things and go on to great success - it has a TON of potential at UCI.” 

- Dawn Cheng, UC Irvine Senior, Political Science & Intl Studies Major

GLCP Alumni

 

Name: Asal Bidokhti
Major: International Studies & Political Science

Asal in Scotland

Why GLCP?
I came back from my study abroad program wishing that I was still in Scotland. Therefore, I made every attempt to meet international students at UCI and to meet other UCI students who had gone abroad. Through this journey I came to learn about GLCP and decided to join, I wanted to make the most out of my UCI career.

What did you do for your GLCP Capstone Project?
I was inspired by GLCP to take on two capstone projects.  My main project was taking on a leadership position in the International Club.  Here I worked with my cabinet members to bring really fun, educational, and interactive programs to our international students on a weekly basis. In addition, I decided to perform research under UROP regarding women’s rights before and after the Iranian Revolution.

 

Po-Ting Lee, GLCP Student

Name: Samantha Bondi
Major: Political Science, Social Ecology,
and Urban Studies

Why GLCP? 
I am hoping to gain a better understanding of what it means to live in such a globalized world. GLCP offers a great deal of support beyond the classroom which facilitates the pursuit of knowledge from a global perspective and has the unique focus of global leadership.

Give a brief description of your future career goals or interests:
I am looking to use the knowledge I have gained at UCI in the fields of urban policy and political science to engage in the local, national and international realm. I am particularly passionate about sustainable use of natural resources and am looking to make use of my knowledge and passion in order to make a positive difference in the world.

 

Name: Yolanda Espiritu
Major: Political Science & Japanese

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Why GLCP?
I’m interested in going abroad and learning about other countries and their cultures
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Give a brief description of your future career goals or interests:
Teaching abroad in Japan/anywhere, ambassadorial, international affairs, possibly peace core, and traveling.

 

Name: Polina Gumennykova
Major: Public Health

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Why GLCP?
The reason I joined this great program because I personally believe it is a great opportunity to gain a leadership experience, and gain a better understanding of the world outside university. Also, being in this program I would like acquire new experiences and new skills that are there available for me.

What countries have you lived in and for how long?
I was born in Ukraine. At the age of six I moved to Israel, until the age of 14. At 14 I moved to USA. About two year ago I went on vacation for about a week to Italy, I visited Rome, Venice, and Florence. Also, year later I went to Spain for two weeks I visited cities: Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada, and Ibiza.


Po-Ting Lee, GLCP Student

Name: Po-Ting Lee
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Why GLCP? 
As a first-year graduate student, I hope I can gain some knowledge beyond the classroom. I hope I can improve my communication and leadership skills. Moreover, I would like to meet people from different countries and would love the opportunity to learn about different cultures. Through this program, I hope to expand my worldview.

What countries have you lived in and for how long?     
I am a citizen of Taiwan and lived in Taiwan for 25 years. I have traveled to Japan and China both for a week. I also traveled and studied in Seattle for one month.

 

Name: Tammy Lin
Major: Business Economics & International Studies

Tammy Lin, GLCP Student

Why GLCP?
I joined GLCP because I like how the program has a global perspective. I value its aim to prepare students to face the interconnectedness of the world. Through the program I hope to gain as much knowledge as possible about leadership in a global context.

What are you planning for your GLCP Capstone Project?
My GLCP Capstone project falls under the category of "Practical Application." Currently, I am the 2009-10 Global Connect Assistant Chair, Intern and Outreach Coordinator. Through this leadership position, I along with site supervisors, interns, and guest speakers visit local secondary schools & high schools to teach students about various global issues using curriculum that we design. Examples of the topics we have taught are United Nations Millennium Goals, globalization, failed states, and multi-national corporations.

 

Po-Ting Lee, GLCP Student

Name: David Maguire
Major: Psychology & Social Behavior

Why GLCP?
 
To become more socially conscious and interdependent in this ever increasing global society.

What countries have you lived in and for how long?
I studied abroad in Australia in Fall 2008, but have also visited Spain, England, France, Norway, China and Indonesia.

 

Po-Ting Lee, GLCP Student

Name: Anna Mikovari
Major: Business Economics & International Studies

Why GLCP?
 
I found GLCP online while I was still studying abroad in Madrid, and decided it’d be the perfect opportunity to get more involved on campus when I returned.  It’s a program that allows you to pursue your international interests while getting involved with campus activities.  I also joined in order to meet other students who share common interests with me and develop a strong network of global individuals.

What did you do for your Capstone Project?
I co-founded and was President of the Global Leadership Student Association (GLSA).  Our goal was to bring together internationally focused students on campus and hold networking events, while also spreading awareness on campus on international issues.  During International Education Week we helped set up an interactive booth on campus asking people why international education is important.  Being a leader of a club has been very tough and I’ve learned so much about leadership such that effective planning and administration is just as important as a great idea.  It’s a lot of work but it is extremely rewarding when you find people who are excited about what you do. 

 

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Name: Deanna Ong
Major: Literary Journalism & International Studies

Why GLCP?
GLCP sounded like a rewarding way to develop leadership skills in a multicultural, global context. I hope to do just that and enrich my undergrad experience both personally and professionally through its opportunities. I would also like to recommend studying abroad to all students, no matter what your major, if at all possible!

What are you planning for your GLCP Capstone Project?
I would like to research the globalization of hip hop culture, particularly the influence of American graffiti on an international level. It may be tempting to dismiss graffiti as simply an act of vandalism, or associate it with gangs. But what began as a means of expression in the marginalized streets of New York has now become a worldwide, artistic phenomenon—a form of identity for youth, a socio-political plateau, a creative outlet with virtually no restriction. How and why can American street art now be found in the favelas of Brazil, or in the bustling metropolises of Japan? I'd like to find out.

 

Name: Ruth Ortega
Major: Political Science

Ruth Ortega, GLCP Student

Why GLCP?
I joined GLCP because I wanted to do more with my study abroad experience. Going abroad was one of the best experiences of my life and I wanted to do something upon return that would give me the opportunity to further that experience and inspire others to go abroad.

What did you do for your Capstone Project?
For my capstone project, I worked on creating a pocket brochure for International Students that gives detailed descriptions of the "hot" spots on and around campus. Other useful resources included in the brochure: best transportation and helpful tips/information about their new home!

 

Name: Lauren Quijano
Major: Biology

Lauren Quijano, GLCP Student

Why GLCP?
I joined GLCP because I was already attending the Passport to Leadership workshops and I plan to study abroad, so why not put all in one! Also I enjoy learning about how to be a better leader.

Give a brief description of your future career goals or interests:
After graduation I plan to go to UCSF Medical School, and then join Doctors without Borders as a pediatrician.  After working for non-profit organizations and missionaries, I plan to establish a free healthcare clinic in the Philippines or Latin America.

 

Armaan Rowther, GLCP Student

Name: Armaan Ahmed Rowther
Major: Public Health Science

Why GLCP?
Travel and study abroad has always been a dream of mine, and I quickly realized GLCP as an opportunity to give that dream a concrete direction while meeting other like-minded students.

Give a brief description of your future career goals or interests:
After graduation, I hope to serve in the PeaceCorps for two years before attending Medical School. I am currently considering a career in global health, which addresses the growing public health concerns of people in developing nations around the world.

 

You could be the next face of GLCP!
Submit your GLCP Student Bio to glcp@uci.edu