Ignatian Global Citizenship Program

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Alumni Panel 2018

Thanks to the generosity of two University of Scranton alumni, the Department of Political Science will support The Ignatian Global Citizenship Program (IGCP) for the next five years. You can read more about the Brophy family's commitment to Jesuit education in Transforming Lives: Elaine ’92 & Eric Brophy ’92

The IGCP prepares students for careers of public service grounded in our Catholic, Jesuit values.  Aligned with our Integrated. Engaged. Global Strategic Plan, the IGCP seeks to enhance our students’ awareness of the operations of government, the development of public policy and how it is established (both domestically and abroad), and how University of Scranton students might engage in more active and effective citizenship.

The program will provide experiential learning experiences and immersion programs that provide a historical perspective while fostering a culture of civic engagement and global awareness. Specifically, the IGCP prepares students for careers in public service through support for student research, campus lectures, networking opportunities with alumni in government and international affairs, and educational trips to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The IGCP also provides financial support for students to present their academic research at local and regional conferences and to attend the Ignatian Justice Summit organized each summer.

The IGCP has scheduled the following programs for the spring 2018 semester:
  • Black History Month speakers co-sponsored with Multicultural Affairs:
    • Miss Glynis Johns, adjunct professor of Sociology and Anthropolgy at St. Johns Univeristy, presented "But You're Black: The Overlooked Community of Scranton, Pennsylvania" on February 13.
    • Dr. Cona Marshall, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Lebanon Valley College, discussed the Civil Rights Era on February 15.
  • Alumni Panel featuring graduates from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Thorsen French Advocacy, Friends of the Poor, and S&P Global Market Intelligence spoke with current students on March 22. 
  • The Ellacuría Initiative, Political Science, Theology, and Criminal Justice will host Matt Cuff for a March 27th presentation on "An Ignatian Response to Mass Incarceration" (7pm in LSC 133). Matt will also speak with students about his career path on Wednesday, March 28 at noon in Brennan 509. Matt graduated from Scranton Prep and Fordham (BA in Theology) and now works with the Jesuits in DC on a variety of policy issues, including criminal justice reform.
  • Celeste Gregory spoke with students in Dr. Gretchen VanDyke's International Humanitarianism seminar on March 27. Celeste is a technical advisor for Emergency Response for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official overseas humanitarian relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic Church.
  • Senior International Studies major Kylie Mignat will present her research on "Framing Undocumented Immigrants in the Media: Effects on Public Support for Immigration Policies" at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association in West Chester on April 13th and Binghamton University’s Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program’s Fourth Biennial Undergraduate Conference on April 14th.
  • A one-day networking trip to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is scheduled for April 18th. University of Scranton alumni State Senator John Blake and T.J. Yablonski (political science) in Governor Wolf’s Office are organizing our visit.
  • Political Science is co-sponsoring three Political Dialogues events designed to help students form and share their political opinions. The sessions are scheduled for March 26th, April 9th, and April 25th.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mike Allison (michael.allison@scranton.edu), Professor and Chair of Political Science, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The IGCP sponsored the following events during the fall 2017 semester:

  • September 15: Walking tour of downtown Scranton led by Julie Schumacher Cohen, Director of Community and Government Relations. 
  • September 19: Public Lecture on North Korea and the US, by Dr. Frank Plantan (University of Pennsylvania), co-director of International Relations Program and honorary consul-general of Republic of Korea for Philadelphia. Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies, History, and Political Sciences Departments.
  • October 14: Global Tastes of Scranton: Syrian Women Share Their Culture. Some of our newest Scrantonians, members of the Syrian refugee community, will create a “pop-up restaurant” sharing their home cuisine and traditions.
  • November 2: Public Lecture on "Repositioning Migration: Workers from another World" by Dr. Debra A. Castillo, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, and Political Science.
  • November 4-7: The IGCP provided financial support for students to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C. The Teach-In is an annual gathering for members of Jesuit institutions to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together.