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Global Studies Launches New Global Studies Student Association (GSSA)!

In the 2017-2018 academic year, the Curriculum in Global Studies students created the new Global Studies Student Association (GSSA). The GSSA is intended to give Global Studies students a chance to engage with one another and have professional development opportunities.

At the welcome event on September 25, 2017, the officers of the Global Studies Student Association (GSSA) shared with their fellow students the underlying mission of the GSSA: (1) to provide leadership and engagement opportunities to declared Global Studies majors, (2) to encourage continued engagement between Global Studies students and faculty, and (3) to facilitate networking between current students and alumni.  The event was a wonderful start for the GSSA and the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year saw regularly held GSSA meetings, alumni panel discussions, and collaborations with other globally oriented student organizations.  

Catering was provided by So Good Pupusas. The purpose of So Good Pupusas, founded by Global Studies alumna Cecilia Polanco (‘16), is to provide delicious and authentic Salvadorian cuisine with a side of community empowerment and social change. So Good Pupusas provides scholarships for undocumented high school seniors who have applied and been accepted to a two or four year university, or accredited associate’s or certificate program.

We also screened the documentary film He Named Me Malala. The film tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.  The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.



In the 2018-2019 academic year, the GSSA plans to promote global internship opportunities for Global Studies majors, to host more on-campus and remote alumni panel discussions focusing on professional development, and to build a mentor program with graduate students in the Global Studies MA program.

If you are interested and able to help fund the ongoing efforts of the Global Studies Student Association (GSSA), donations can be sent to:

Global Studies Student Association (GSSA)
c/o UNC Curriculum in Global Studies
301 Pittsboro Street
CB# 3263
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3263
Checks can be made payable to “UNC Global Studies Student Association (GSSA)”