Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

Global Alliance Institute
Leadership and Liberal Arts: A Foundation for Social Good

June 18-20, 2018
FLAME University, Pune India


Locally and globally, we face a daunting set of challenges: economic instability, racial and ethnic tensions, political instability, climate change, migration and displacement, health crises. Addressing and resolving large, complex problems requires actions of many kinds involving multiple parties in diverse settings. While the strategies taken to strengthen societal well-being will differ by local circumstances, a common element in any approach must be thoughtful and effective leadership. Qualities of leadership can be taught and learned for virtually any operation involving the mobilization of people for productive ends. Yet the major challenges to our society call for leadership of a kind that links the values and skills of the liberal arts with the standard lessons of managing change in effective ways. This enhanced conception of leadership is one that liberal arts institutions are uniquely qualified to instill in students through curricular and co-curricular programming and through the institution’s own efforts to effect positive change.

We call on the institutions of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance to pool their strengths in ways that enhance public understanding of how to prepare undergraduate students to become leaders in confronting local and global challenges.

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance Institute Leadership and Liberal Arts: A Foundation for Social Good will explore the ways that Alliance institutions articulate the role of liberal education in the development of leadership for social good. This exploration will encompass those aspects of liberal education that Alliance schools have in common and the unique institutional contexts that shape their approaches to leadership and make them vital.

Institute Goals

In this highly interactive institute, we will work together to:

  1. Articulate the role of liberal education in the development of leadership for social good.
  2. Explore cultural dimensions of leadership in a global context that lead to social good.
  3. Identify best practices for curricular and co-curricular programs that develop and apply leadership for social good.
  4. Enable sharing of and collaborating on resources for leadership development.

Institute Themes

We invite proposals from faculty, staff, and students from the 29 Alliance institutions for workshops, panel discussions, and case studies that explore the drivers, mechanisms for and challenges of leadership development including curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and how to launch, manage, and evaluate leadership programs. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the following themes:

Student Leadership

Central to the mission of liberal arts institutions is preparing individuals for a lifetime of personal and professional growth – graduates who are civically-minded, value service to others, and can contribute to solving complex problems.

What is the responsibility of liberal education to develop future leaders?

How does leadership for the social good differ from other kinds of leadership? What are the implications for leadership development in a liberal arts context?

How do we anchor aspects of leadership in a liberal arts education?

What are national, cultural, and societal factors that influence successful leadership models across nations?

What does it mean to develop “global leaders”? Do the approaches that meet this goal differ from educating leaders to achieve more local purposes?

What sparks passion in students to expand the scope of their ambitions, to enlist their talents to meet grander challenges than they might originally conceive for themselves?

Institutional Leadership

Alliance institutions have themselves taken a leadership role and have taken remarkable steps in response to local challenges: accommodating refugees and working with immigrant communities, responding to climate change, advancing social justice, addressing educational needs, rebuilding local communities, advancing women’s rights, and promoting civil discourse. This work demonstrates not just a commitment by Alliance institutions to engage in their communities to make a positive difference, but a sense of responsibility to do so.

What is the responsibility of liberal arts institutions to lead cooperative efforts to address social needs? What or who catalyzes institutions to act?

How does an institution’s commitment to address social needs drive the creation and design of curricular and co-curricular programs?

What strategies have proven effective for Alliance institutions to respond to challenges in their communities?

What actions can an institution take to encourage leadership roles to become more firmly vested in a community over time, helping to ensure the sustainability of programs the institution has helped create?

What ethical checks can students, faculty, and staff provide in these efforts to ensure that institutions are collaborative and responsive, rather than prescriptive?

Leadership Programs: Where Student and Institutional Leadership Converge

Alliance schools have launched programs that develop leadership skills and provide students with “real-world” opportunities for meaningful community engagement through social entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and community-based research/learning.

What are cognitively and developmentally appropriate pedagogies for teaching leadership to college students?

How can we ensure that leadership development models are inclusive and represent a range of experiences (e.g. first generation, low income, underrepresented, international)?

What are models and best practices of curricular and co-curricular programs that develop leadership?

How does an institution prepare faculty and staff to develop leadership in their students? How does a commitment to lead in their communities change faculty selection, preparation, promotion, and tenure?

How do we know that programs to develop leadership are successful?

Travel & Logistics

Airfare ReimbursementAfter the two events at FLAME University have concluded, you will be contacted about reimbursement for your airfare. At that time, you will be asked to submit a completed reimbursement form accompanied by a PDF of your itinerary showing your name and the cost of the flight.

Ground Transportation – Transportation between the Pune / Mumbai airports and the FLAME campus will be arranged based on the flight information that we receive from you. Your flight arrival information will be given to a FLAME representative who will be present at the airport with a FLAME placard to welcome you and guide you to the shuttle/Uber service. We will send you more information closer to the date after we have received everyone’s flight information.

There is no restriction on when you arrive or depart; Uber rides can be arranged at any time, and it is safe to travel at night. The address below gets you to FLAME’s campus where there will be someone to guide you to your room. Mumbai is about four hours from FLAME’s campus and Pune is about an hour. You can ask the Mumbai-FLAME driver to stop if you need to use a restroom. Some of you will ride in a FLAME van and others will use Uber (you will need the Uber app on your phone for this). The guide from FLAME will help you with the transaction.

FLAME University,
Gat No. 1270, Lavale,
Off Pune-Bangalore Highway,

So we can facilitate ground transportation arrangements, please complete the Flight Information Form by May 14.

Departure Reminder – Participants receiving travel support from the GLCA are required to attend the entire Institute; failture to attend the entire Institute will result in a loss of reimbursement. When making travel arrangements, keep in mind that you should arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight.  The Mumbai airport is 4 hours from FLAME and the Pune airport is about 1 hour.

Lodging – All participants will stay in dorms on the FLAME campus. Each dorm room has two beds and a bathroom. Linens and towels will be provided. As the number of rooms is limited, we will put two students to a room. Lodging is provided until June 21, 2018. If you plan to stay beyond this date, you must make your own arrangements.

Meals – All meals at FLAME are vegetarian. A sample menu is below.

Restrictions – FLAME is a no smoking, no alcohol campus. There are clearly marked designated zones close to campus where one can smoke. Alcohol is strictly prohibited on campus.

Weather – Daytime temperatures will be in the upper 80’s F / 32 C, with night temperatures dropping into the mid-70s F / 24 C. It is expected that the monsoons will have started, so bring a sturdy umbrella and a rain coat.

Dress – Attire for the Global Course Connections workshop is casual and for the Institute is business casual.

Currency and Credit Cards – The currency in India is the rupee. You can exchange money at the airport or go to a bank in Pune. You can get cash from an ATM; there are two on campus. Generally, shops and restaurants in cities will take credit cards.

Power adapter – The voltage in India is 220 volts, alternating at 50 cycles (Hertz) per second. This is the same as, or similar to, most countries in the world including Australia, Europe, and the UK, and is different from what is used in the U.S. We will have a few power adapters we can loan, but we encourage you to bring one with you.

Fitness – Participants will have access to the gym and pool facilities.

Police Notification – The police must be notified of visitors. As part of this process we ask that you email the following to ​Vaishali Potnis, no later than 15 days prior to your arrival: a scanned copy of the information/photo page of your passport; a passport-sized photograph; and, a scanned copy of the visa you received to enter the country.  Staff at FLAME will fill out the police form for participants. The penalty for not getting this submitted in time is the inconvenience of filling out a long (annoying and tedious) form on your own the moment you arrive on campus after a tiring journey.



Breakfast: Mango flakes, hot milk, tea & coffee, tang, white & brown bread, jam & butter, onion uttappam, chutney sambar, cold milk.

Lunch: Pepper rasam, sev tamatar, chole amritsari, dal tadka, steam rice, bhature, papad/pickle/sprout salad, mix veg raita, coin jalebi live, tang. These are various Indian dishes which are hard to translate. But essentially, tomato curry, chick peas, pulses, rice, Indian bread, salads, curds

Evening Snacks: Tea, mix poha. (made of rice flakes)

Dinner: Hot & sour soup, punjabi aloo bhendi, veg kofta curry, dal palak, onion rice, phulka, papad/pickle/tossed salad, boondi raita, mohan thal, tang.Potatoes, okra, pulses with spinach, Indian bread, curds

Planning Committee

Simon Gray GLCA
Tania Boster Oberlin College
Glenn Bryan Ohio Wesleyan University
Ferdinand Che American University in Nigeria
Roberto Cordon Franklin University Switzerland
Renu Dhadwal FLAME University
Viraj Shah FLAME University

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
535 West William. Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

+1.734.661.2350 (voice)
+1.734.661.2349 (fax)