From 1995 to 2010, the Global Issues Honors Consortium (GIHC) prepared bright and motivated undergraduate students of color for graduate or professional study with an international focus in a variety of fields. Moreover, the two-year intensive academic program (including a study abroad experience) sought specifically to inspire student participants to become the next generation of activists, policymakers, scholars, and public intellectuals addressing challenges that face the world’s marginalized people. The final cohort of GIHC students completed the program in 2010.
The GIHC (supported in part by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and its predecessor the Undergraduate Honors Program (supported by funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) were offered by ICGC from 1995 to 2010. The two programs grew from partnerships with several other institutions partnering with the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities to offer a rigorous academic curriculum and mentoring in research and writing. The most recent version of the program included a study abroad component in South Africa in partnership with the University of the Western Cape (and with the Aya Centre in Ghana in 2009). Partner schools have included the University of Minnesota–Morris; Tougaloo College; Dillard University; the schools of the Atlanta University Center (Spelman, Morris, and Clark Atlanta); Morris Brown University; and the Chicago State University, some of which are Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Past GIHC data on student activities after graduation demonstrate continued success in higher education with more than 150 graduates to date. The final cohort of GIHC students completed the program in 2010 and have provided a stellar record of success. With more than 70 percent of the students going on to pursue a doctoral or professional degree, student experiences over the past fifteen years demonstrate the benefits of sustained engagement around questions of global social justice in an academically rigorous program of study.