Global Education & Serviam
Educating today's global citizens.
Inspiring tomorrow's global leaders.
The Ursuline School brings the world to our students and takes our students out into the world. Ursuline’s Global Education & Serviam Program provides students with interdisciplinary opportunities that enrich classroom education while providing a more global perspective. Through curriculum, hands-on learning and the philosophy of Serviam, The Ursuline School prepares young women to be active, global citizens and responsible leaders in an increasingly culturally diverse world.
Our global education curriculum includes World Music, Global History, World Literature, World Religions, and Art History. Courses in Spanish, Italian, Latin, and Greek encompass language, literature, history and culture. Nearly 60% of our extra-curricular clubs have a Global Education & Serviam focus. One highlight occurred in 2015, when our Honors Choir was privileged to travel to Rome and sang for Pope Francis.
Ursuline participates in the Global Concerns Classroom curriculum which seeks to raise awareness among U.S. youth about current international humanitarian issues and empowers young people to take action. In our inaugural year of this program, Ursuline teams placed first and third as they presented at the Global Youth Summit in New York City where the theme was “Innovations in Global Health for Africa.” In 2016, Ursuline students returned to NYC to work with over 100 Metro NY high school students on innovative action-plans to help people around the world most affected by “Climate Change.” In 2017, our girls again took part in the Global Youth Summit which addressed humanitarian relief planning.
Our annual Global Education & Serviam Symposium addresses world issues and features distinguished panelists who share their cross-functional, global experience in both non-profit organizations and world-class companies. Ursuline students research topics, participate in panel Q&A's, collaborate in break-out sessions and co-moderate the Symposium. Past topics include “Educating Girls,” “Tackling Trachoma,” “Global Climate Impact” and "Fashioning Global Change." Our fifth annual Symposium in March 2018 will explore "Global Hunger & Food Justice."
Ursuline’s Distinguished Speaker Series attracts speakers of global importance such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza, and Seeds of Africa founder Atti Worku.
International travel opportunities for Ursuline students include the annual European trip, language immersion trips to Italy and Spain, classics trips to Greece and international student exchanges with other Ursuline schools in Australia, France and South Africa. Serviam trips, such as the 2015 Guyana and the 2017 Peru trips reinforce our commitment to service beyond our borders.