Grier Senior Attends Yale Global Scholars Summer Program
Grier Senior Betsi D. attended a Yale Young Global Scholars program this summer at Yale’s New Haven, Connecticut, campus where she added to her understanding of international affairs and globalization and how to develop and implement positive actions to counteract some of the worldwide issues. Betsi was even selected to give a five-minute speech on the Evolution of Racism at a program attended by the program’s participants and many staff.
In a message to Grier, Betsi writes:
I attended the 2019 Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) session one summer Program held in the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut. I specifically attended the YYGS International Affairs and Globalization (IAG) session from June 16-29.
We stayed in three of the famous old Yale colleges: Davenport, Johnathan Edwards, and Pierson. We had the chance to tour the Yale campus and attend workshops in the famous Sterling Library. We were also allowed access to the Whitney Payne Gymnasium.
During the two-week long program, Betsi attended seminars and lectures held professors and post-graduate students from Yale and other universities. She discussed current issues and their effect on today’s society and how to “channel them to do good.”
Based on her audition, Betsi was selected to present in the YYGS Speakers Series. This series follows the TED-talk format and was attended by the IAG students and many of the program’s faculty. Betsi gave a five-minute speech titled The Evolution of Racism.
Betsi writes, “We were also given a capstone project where we pick a certain theme and research a topic within that topic and then prepare a presentation. I was part of the Ethnicity Race and Gender capstone and [my group members and I] chose to research Racial Democracy in Brazil. [L]ater, we gave a 15-minute presentation [followed by] a 15-minute Question and Answer panel where we answered questions from the audience.”
The students also participated in a simulation that focused on the Rohingya Crisis, where each student acted as a real-life politician from the countries affiliated in the crisis and develop a solution to address the current issues related to the crisis. Debriefing sessions followed every lecture, where Betsi discussed the issues the lecture raised and stated her opinions to her peers.
“There were people from all over the world working on these projects,” writes Betsi, “so I learned to look at things from different perspectives. I made a lot of friends from all over, and I am sure my friendships are ones that will last forever.”
Betsi looks forward to returning to Grier in the fall and sharing with her new knowledge and experiences with her Grier friends and teachers. Grier’s History Department offers courses that cultivate understanding of global issues and Grier students have the opportunity to practice international politics through Model UN.