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Welcome to the home of the 2017 Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS)!

The Summit will be held June 7-10, 2017, at the Webster Vienna campus in Vienna, Austria. For selected participants, the University will arrange for and cover the costs of airfare from your home campus, lodging, meals, and program fees. The first Global Student Leadership Summit was held in St. Louis in March 2015.

We're looking for a phenomenal group of approximately 30 student leaders from throughout the worldwide network to participate in this world-class leadership development experience. Our goal is to have a diverse cohort of students with strong leadership potential and the ability to work collaboratively across difference.

The Summit will provide a unique opportunity for Webster University student leaders to gain knowledge and skills, and create positive change in a global environment. By developing relationships with peers from throughout Webster’s global network, participants will gain a better understanding of the impact student involvement has on students and Webster University worldwide.

The Summit will include interactive sessions focused on leadership development, communication, intercultural competency, and social responsibility, plus an excursion in Vienna, and outstanding networking with your fellow students from throughout the Webster global network. Students will work in small groups with an assigned mentor to help achieve the learning outcomes. To prepare for the Summit, all participants will complete an online non-credit course from March-May 2017.

As a result of attending the 2017 Summit, student leaders will return to their home campus prepared to work collaboratively with their fellow students to increase the level of leadership involvement and enhance connections between students throughout the Webster global network. The Summit is a transformational experience that will further develop each student’s sense of mission and purpose.

Submit your application by January 20, 2017, in order to receive full consideration. To apply, go to:

https://webster.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3efmqiuybc3dvZX

By participating in the 2017 Global Student Leadership Summit, students will achieve the following learning outcomes, categorized into these four themes:

Individual and Campus Leadership

  • identify individual learning and leadership styles and understand personal roles in group dynamics
  • gain knowledge and skills to practice leadership and create positive change in a global environment
  • develop a plan to return to campus and implement activities to develop strong, global-minded student leaders on their home campus
  • be prepared to take a lead role in identifying future student leaders on their home campus and engaging in a mentoring relationship with them
  • successfully utilize action planning skills, such as problem identification, development of solutions, and marketing planning to increase student involvement on their home campus

Communication

  • exchange information effectively using a global lens through verbal and nonverbal communication
  • communicate ideas, opinions, and information effectively by researching, preparing and delivering a presentation as the culmination of small group work
  • develop strong skills in listening with an open mind and seeking first to understand, rather than trying to convince others of your viewpoints

Intercultural Competency

  • understand and have a commitment to global citizenship and inclusion, transferring this knowledge to create programs/services related to that effort on their home campus
  • increased understanding of Webster’s core values, with a focus on the values of global citizenship and diversity
  • show sensitivity to and respect for personal and cultural differences through a demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively across cultures
  • develop a more pluralistic lens toward leadership and community development, and exploring leadership perspectives on a global scale
  • make a commitment to responsible global citizenship, which includes personal engagement in community/world issues

Social Responsibility and the Common Good

  • meet and develop relationships with peers from throughout Webster’s global network
  • gain a better understanding of the impact student involvement has on students and Webster University
  • develop a practical framework for ethical leadership
  • demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility, sustainability, and leadership for the common good worldwide

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2015 Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS)

From March 10-13, 2015, 30 student leaders from throughout the worldwide network gathered on the home campus in St. Louis, MO to discuss leadership and advocacy in this signature event of the University's Centennial Celebration.

The 2015 Summit provided a unique opportunity for Webster University student leaders to gain knowledge and skills, and create positive change in a global environment. By developing relationships with peers from throughout Webster’s global network, participants gained a better understanding of the impact student involvement has on students and Webster University worldwide.

Some reactions from the students who participated in the 2015 Global Student Leadership Summit

“Inspiring!”
“Transformative!”
“Amazing things can happen when you bring talented people together.”
“I learned how to work with others to achieve one common goal.”
“Phenomenal!”
“Re-invigorating!”
“Helped me make meaningful connections around the globe.”

Comments from Past Student Participants

“The GSLS motivated me and sharpened my leadership skills which gave me more courage and confidence to address a large group. In addition, it gave me a sense of belonging and understanding on what it means to be a global student of Webster.” - Marjorie Peters-Beltman, Leiden

“"GSLS was essentially a hands-on crash course in effective leading and teamwork. We spent almost every waking hour with our group, putting time and effort in listening to each other, debating points about our initiatives, and most importantly, figuring out what each of our strengths and weaknesses were. Not only was it an introspective exercise, it also showed me how great it is when everyone in a group feels like they're contributing their best to a project.” - Joy Corthesy, Geneva

"The GSLS Summit in St. Louis was the spark which really kicked off the SGA’s activities here in Vienna. Motivated by the Webster environment in St. Louis, the four Vienna participants got together even before heading back and developed a strategy on how to engage more with students and serve their interests better. SGA in Vienna has grown by over 30% in participation and we’ve nearly doubled our events per semester."- Dennis Heumann, Vienna