The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences proudly offers the Global Leadership & Change Certificate, for undergraduates at any level or degree program focused on the challenges associated with a growing population predicted to exceed nine billion by the year 2050. We invite all students to the possibility of making a difference in the world by joining us in tackling humanity’s ultimate challenge. Real work, on real problems, for real people.
Our overall goal with the certificate is to empower students to take action in addressing the unstructured, complex and adaptive challenges (i.e., sustainable development and food security) we face as a global community. These problems don’t fit within the normal bounds of a disciplinary degree or a semester-long course because these issues are radically different than the issues that traditional educational models are designed to address. Due to this, the following learning objectives set the foundation for students to develop attitudes, depositions, and skills critical for establishing partnerships with stakeholders and holistically engaging this authentic (real-world) challenge.
- Become familiar with the nature of unstructured problems and the challenges we face due to population fluctuation
- Build human capacity and self-awareness for engaging with the transdiciplinary challenge
- Create opportunities for mitigation and adaptive solutions aimed at address the challenge
- Explore implementation strategies for addressing community-based challenges