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Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council

The Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council is a student-run team of experienced and dedicated students who are responsible for leading the College of Arts and Sciences IPEA office’s efforts to make Kent State University an inclusive, dynamic and globally competitive university. These student intern directors act as cultural liaisons between university faculty, staff and administrators as it regards the needs of international and domestic KSU students; organize events to promote international education; and act as model global citizens within the university community and beyond.

The positions available as a part of the Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council are as demanding as they are prestigious. Student directors are required to meet a high standard of cultural competency and interpersonal awareness; a commitment to academic, personal and professional success through the development of special programs and projects; and must be prepared to integrate their education abroad or study away experience into their professional role within the Council with the aim of inspiring others to broaden their understanding and appreciation of the larger world around them.  Students will work directly under the supervision of the Assistant Dean of International Programs and Education Abroad in the College of Arts and Sciences. Council Members can be considered for (and serve) their positions both in the United States AND while they are abroad either for credit or as unpaid internships.

Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council Global Civic Engagement Project

Council members are expected to develop, during the course of their internship, at least one Global Civic Engagement Project to be undertaken within their area of responsibility.*

Projects must demonstrate a comprehensive global understanding of issues related (but not limited to) social justice, health and wellness, economic development, cultural heritage, climate/sustainability,  or other subject of the participants choosing. All projects must also demonstrate a commitment to action aimed at inspiring the university community to implement solutions to problems both local and international in scope.

At the end of the academic year, students will be expected to submit their project to the Global Civic Engagement Project Scholarship Award Committee that will select the most outstanding submissions for various scholarship awards to be used for education abroad and study away programs through Kent State University. The awards will be announced during the annual Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council luncheon in March.

Those award categories are as follows:

  • Global Civic Engagement Premiere Award: $2000
  • Global Civic Engagement Gold Award: $1500
  • Global Civic Engagement Silver Award: $1000

*With permission, students can submit proposals from areas outside of their Council-specific leadership role.