Westridge Global Initiative
Westridge instills in our global fellows an awareness of their role in the wider world and how their actions can contribute to a broader community of real change.
This philosophy is the foundation for the Westridge Global Initiative, an Upper School program that allows students to create their own interdisciplinary study of a modern-day global issue.
The Global Initiative is designed to empower students to formally pursue global issue-related interests. Students may propose a selection of Westridge classes relevant to their area of focus; over the following years they complete coursework, conduct informational interviews and other research, and participate in related experiential learning such as internships and volunteering. Upon completing their project senior year, students defend their final portfolio and present their work before a committee of Westridge faculty and staff. Their independent Community Action Project, a Westridge graduation requirement, may also be tied to their Global Initiative project, and participating students receive a distinction at Commencement.
Students develop confidence, leadership skills, and informed voices to advocate for themselves and others as they become models of global competence for our community.
Choose modern-day global issue to study; propose selection of relevant Westridge courses, independent research, and experiential learning to committee of faculty and staff.
Conduct research, complete proposed coursework, and participate in experiential learning.
Submit completed portfolio and present work before Global Initiative committee.
global citizen. noun.
1. An individual who is aware of her role in the wider world and her civic responsibility to contribute to building this community.
2. A Westridge girl.
This program is student-centered pedagogy that connects Westridge student-learning to the world at large.
— Brittany Coker,
global initiative committee chair