Global Scholars Achieving Career Success (GSACS) is a collaborative multi-campus program that foregrounds UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and career readiness competencies in class-to-class virtual exchanges between students from five colleges at the City University of New York (CUNY) and four universities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Faculty facilitators from CUNY and MENA institutions work in bi-national teams to develop and implement discipline-specific or interdisciplinary virtual exchange modules for their students in credit-bearing courses. GSACS modules enable students to investigate the world through the lens of a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) while engaging in collaborative experiential learning assignments.
CUNY and MENA students collaborate synchronously and asynchronously using mobile-friendly platforms to:
- Explore UN SDG’s through dialogue with international peers and industry experts
- Engage in experiential project-based learning to examine the UN SDG theme in their communities (e.g. through service learning, observations, field trips, interviews, surveys)
- Create and give a presentation at a virtual student-led conference
- Participate in career development workshops to make connections between their GSACS experience and future career success
Global Scholars Achieving Career Success (GSACS) is supported by The Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.