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. 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 will present "But You're Black: The Overlooked Community of Scranton, Pennsylvania" on Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm in TDC 405.
    • Dr. Cona Marshall, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Lebanon Valley College, will discuss the Civil Rights Era on Thursday, February 15th at 7pm in TDC Ballroom Section A/B..
  • Alumni Panel featuring graduates from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Thorsen French Advocacy, Friends of the Poor, and S&P Global Market Intelligence. The panel is scheduled for Thursday, March 22nd, at 11:30am in Collegiate Hall. 
  • Senior International Studies major Kylie Mignat and Dr. Mike Allison have submitted proposals to participate in the Pennsylvania Political Science Association in West Chester on April 13th.
  • 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.
  • The Ellacuría Initiative, Political Science, Theology, and Criminal Justice are working to bring Matt Cuff to campus on March 27th. 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.

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. 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.
  • 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.