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Student Leadership

The Resident Advisors, Programming Board, Peer Facilitators and Advisory Council all share responsibility for keeping the GSP community engaged and cohesive.  Peer leadership is a core component of the Global Scholars Program’s living-learning community. As a program, we provide peer leadership opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills so that they may be better prepared for leadership opportunities elsewhere on campus and beyond graduation. Developing leadership skills in a safe space with a globally diverse community of students will help GSP students to become innovative leaders who can effectively promote positive social change on a global level.

Peer Facilitators

Peer Facilitators (PFs) are GSP students who return for a second year of participation in a leadership role. Peer Facilitators follow a GSP-wide curriculum, bringing their unique personalities and experiences to help guide interactions. Because first-year GSP students are more likely to share perspectives, experiences, and learning goals with other peers, Peer Facilitators are an integral part of the program. They serve as role models and mentors, working in partnership with staff to build deep interpersonal relationships and an overall strong community. 

There are two types of Peer Facilitators: Collaborative Group Facilitators (CGFs) and Dialogue Facilitators (DFs). Role types are assigned at the end of the winter semester based on your preferences, strengths demonstrated in class, facilitator identity balance, and other factors. 

Collaborative Group Facilitators

CG Facilitators work in pairs to co-lead a group of first year students in weekly Collaborative Groups. They facilitate conversations and activities related to the GSP curriculum as outlined by the ALA 210  instructional team and they support CG members completing their Global Engagement Internships. 

Dialogue Facilitators

Dialogue Facilitators are a much smaller group (2-4 facilitators) who work closely alongside GSP staff to develop and facilitate dialogue opportunities that will fulfill ALA 210-211 course requirements. They have the important task of creating opportunities for urgent, meaningful conversations and increasing the depth of relationships and interactions we are able to build as a community. 


  1. Students who have completed 1-2 semesters in the Global Scholars Program.
  2. Students who have demonstrated potential to serve as a GSP Peer Facilitator.
  3. Students who have an interest in learning more about intercultural peer leadership.
  4. Students who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to promoting positive global change.

Visit our Peer Facilitator Directory.

Special Project Leads

Special Project Leads (SPL) are GSP student leaders who are unable to complete our facilitation training course but who have a strong desire to continue contributing to the community. They are matched with meaningful GSP projects that suit their skills and interests, such as contributing to the GSP Blog, assisting with our annual conference on Global Citizenship in Practice, coordinating alumnx activities, and assisting with marketing and recruitment.

Residential Staff

Your Resident Advisor (RA) lives in North Quad (NQ) and is a live-in resource to you. The four GSP RAs will be working to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for everyone.  They serve as a resource for any residential, academic, GSP, and overall life questions that arise. They strive to cultivate a GSP community and ensure a memorable living-learning experience in the Global Scholars Program.

Visit the resident advisor directory.

Advisory Council

Advisory Council members are GSP students returning for a 3rd year. They help to advise the program on vision and direction; in addition, they will provide leadership regarding service and travel.  The Advisory Council is guided by the executive board, a five-member cabinet of 3rd year GSP students who were elected to their leadership positions by their peers.


Click here to visit the Advisory Council Directory.