Building Global Networks at St. Lawrence

“Global citizenship, defined as placing one’s identity within the community of humankind that transcends all geographic and political boundaries, is one of the core values we seek to instill in our students. Perhaps no other student cohort exemplifies this quality more than our St. Lawrence Davis UWC Scholars, who not only bring abundant intellectual curiosity and international perspectives to course discussions and academic work across the disciplines, but who also take on leadership roles in virtually every aspect of co-curricular life on campus.”

—President William L. Fox ’75

The St. Lawrence University Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program now with 63 scholars, represents one of the largest cohorts of students in New York State. The Davis UWC program consists of 94 partner U.S. colleges and universities hosting 2,697 Scholars from 152 countries. These students’ presence at St. Lawrence benefits the entire University by bringing a variety of intercultural experiences to campus, strengthens the liberal-arts mission to embrace global perspectives and intercultural dialogue, and also benefits St. Lawrence financially in scholarship awards.

Davis UWC students are among St. Lawrence’s most engaged students often in leadership positions. Examples include Rutendo Chabikwa ’17 of Harare, Zimbabwe, participated in Center for International and Intercultural Studies (CIIS)-funded research in South Africa, represented St. Lawrence at a Clinton Global Initiative conference in 2015 and last October, was one of 10 speakers selected for TEDxStLawrenceU. Barrise Griffin ’18, of Nassau, The Bahamas, assists St. Lawrence’s recruitment efforts by working as an Admissions Ambassador and blogger, and also serves as an intern for the University. José Santelices Ormazábal ’17 of Santa Cruz, Chile, a vocal performer, who received the Daniel F. ’65 and Ann H. Sullivan Endowment for Student/Faculty Research University Fellowship and worked with Barry Torres over the summer of 2016 on a project, titled “Behind the Scenes: What Does It Take to Prepare a Recital?” 

St. Lawrence students from the Davis UWC Program also have been highly successful in the Davis Projects for Peace Awards program, receiving funding for numerous proposals since 2007. The 2016 recipients included Malakia Takane ’18 of Maseru, Lesotho, who partnered with a Harvard student, Bahlakoana Mabetha, to administer their project, “Providing Water for Hohale’s Hoek Villagers” in their home country of Lesotho. Liqian Ma ’16 of Changsha, China, was also awarded a 2016 Davis Projects for Peace award for her proposal, titled “Peace Studies and Liberal Arts Education Center,” which brings liberals arts teaching and learning philosophies to rural China. These projects make a tangible difference in the lives of many around the world while highlighting St. Lawrence University’s commitment to global citizenship and raising our international profile. 

Having reached critical mass at 40 in 2014, and now numbering 63, St. Lawrence receives $20,000 per student, per year, in scholarship awards. This amounts to more than $1 million annually to support international students and helps to ensure a diverse global community at St. Lawrence. 

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