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France: Peace Leadership Fellowship

Global Peace Leadership Experience
Dignity and Well-being in the Workplace: A French Perspective

Overview: A select group of ten students will join BLI Director Ram Mahalingam and BLI Staff on a one-week trip to France & Belgium over U of M’s Spring Break.

The future of work depends on promoting dignity in the workplace for the sustainable success of organizations where employees are cultivated and valued. Through enriching experiential learning activities abroad, students will explore culture-specific labor practices and policies at the personal, organizational and societal levels that strive to promote dignity and well-being in a global workplace.

Students will examine the cross-cultural communication challenges of integrating immigrants and refugees in a multicultural workplace and explore historical experiments in France that promote labor dignity in organizations through enriching experiential learning activities.
As emerging leaders in a global work environment, this peace leadership program will provide unique opportunities to learn about the initiatives, challenges, and successes of labor unions’ role in promoting dignity, harmony, and wellness.

This Global Peace Leadership Experience primarily takes place in Lille, France, with excursions to Paris and Brussels. Students will have a broad range of experiences including exploring a Utopian Museum, experiencing an alternative tour through Paris, meeting non-profit leaders working with refugees and immigrants, and connecting with students from Lille University – all with built-in time to freely explore the destinations with peers.

Dates: U-M Spring Break
Application: The application for this experience closed on November 20, 2022.


  • You must be a BLI member who has completed or is on track to complete a LEARN experience by the end of the Fall 2022 Semester
  • Have a valid passport
  • Note: Students are eligible for one Global Peace Leadership Experience during their enrollment at U-M.


  • Airfare, lodging, and select meals are covered by the BLI.
  • Students who are selected are responsible for a non-refundable $250 program fee.

For questions, contact Shea Ankers (