Ignatian Global Citizenship Program

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. 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.

During the fall semester, the IGCP will provide financial support for students to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (November 4 – 7). 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. Other programs include

  • September 15: Walking tour of downtown Scranton led by Julie Schumacher Cohen, Director of Community and Government Relations. 2pm in O'Hara 4th floor. 
  • 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. Open to the public. Free of charge. 5:30 pm in Brennan Hall 228. Door opens at 5 pm with light refreshments. 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. 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Scranton Cultural Center. We have reserved a table. Free of charge. Contact michael.allison@scranton.edu to join us.
  • 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. Open to the public. Free of charge. 6:00 pm in Brennan Hall 228. Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, and Political Science.

During the spring semester, the IGCP will provide financial support for students to present their academic research at local and regional conferences. Funding through IGCP is available once Student Travel Funding has been exhausted.

The IGCP will provide financial support for students to attend the Ignatian Justice Summit organized each summer.

We are also planning a trip to Harrisburg in spring 2018 to learn more about Pennsylvania politics and to meet with alumni who live and work in the area.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mike Allison (michael.allison@scranton.edu), Professor and Chair of Political Science.