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Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) is a one-year program designed to foster an intercultural community of leaders who are ready to embrace a global perspective, advocate diversity and make a lasting impact at Ohio State and beyond.

All applicants must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at Ohio State whose degree will not be completed prior to the end of spring semester 2021. This year's cohort will be 24 members, including 12 domestic students and 12 international students.

Learn more about how to apply. Deadline to apply is by Monday, February 17 at midnight.

SlyWorthyJrSly Worthy Jr. is a junior social work major and studied abroad on the Higher Education in the Dominican Republic: Access, Equity and Opportunity study abroad program during winter break 2019.

Excited, nervous, scared. Those were the emotions I felt when I found out I was accepted into the program, and they lasted throughout. This program was truly transformational. I was surprised by the amount of personal growth I achieved. Prior to this trip I had not been on a plane or traveled outside of the country. This study abroad process of getting my passport, understanding how to pack and navigating the airports are necessities for my future. I was terrified of heights and during this experience alone I went on four flights and a cable car.

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BAF 0373The India Gateway hosted Ohio State senior leadership recently in Mumbai and New Delhi, taking the opportunity to showcase firsthand several long-standing partnerships, connections with prominent alumni and celebrate the university’s Sesquicentennial.

The Ohio State delegation included, Bruce McPheron, executive vice president and provost; Gil Latz, vice provost of Global Strategies and International Affairs; Anil Makhija, dean of the Fisher College of Business; Gates Garrity-Rokous, vice president and chief compliance officer; and Padmini Roy-Dixon, executive director of the Global Gateways and Partnerships.

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Gil Latz to deliver Brad Richardson Memorial LectureVice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs Gil Latz lectures on "Effective Leadership in Japan: The Case of Shibusawa Eiichi, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist" at the Institute for Japanese Studies Brad Richardson Memorial Lecture on Friday, February 28 in 01 Jennings Hall at 4:30 p.m.

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He Ran1He Ran, Bachelor of Science in Finance ’14 and Master of Agricultural Environmental Development Economics ’16, is a member of the Beijing Alumni Club and a project manager at Huatai Insurance Brokers.

When He graduated with her master’s and returned to China, she had the idea of creating a photo album of Ohio State’s campus and favorite places around Columbus for the Beijing Alumni Club. For the last two years, He and the Beijing Alumni Club have worked on this photo album by hiring a photographer in Columbus and compiling the photos in a book.

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Andrew Capozzi at the World Health OrganizationAndrew Capozzi is a senior majoring in pharmaceutical sciences who studied abroad on the International Pharmacy Experience during Spring Break 2019.

"I had the amazing opportunity to join an exceptional group of 24 students in Switzerland through The Ohio State University’s International Pharmacy Experience. Our travels took us around the country from the cities of Zurich, Basel, and Geneva to the beautiful Stoos, Luzern, and Lausanne. Through this experience, my fellow students and I were able to visit a Swiss community pharmacy, tour the campus at the Novartis headquarters, engage with students and faculty at the University of Basel, and be ambassadors for Ohio State at the World Health Organization."

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Henrique Amorim

Time and Time Again

Henrique Amorim graduated from Ohio State with a master’s in botany in 1970. He returned to Ohio State in 1974 as a visiting scholar after receiving his PhD in agronomy from the University of São Paulo (USP). In 1977, Amorim started what would be a very successful business in alcohol fermentation, Fermentec, in the city of Piracicaba. Most recently, he visited Ohio State in 2018 for the launch of the book Pathways to Collaboration, in which his experience was featured.

Visiting Invest São Paulo

Students, faculty and staff from the Fisher Honors Cohort Program were in Brazil December 11-21. The program consists of a diverse, tight knit group of 30 highly motivated, hand-picked students who seek to leverage educational opportunities across the entire university. The program spans the autumn and spring semesters of a student’s junior year and continues into their senior year.

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Beatriz Schmidt

Beatriz Schmidt, PhD, from the Federal University of Rio do Sul (UFRGS) and current faculty member at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG) received two best PhD dissertation awards (in psychology and in humanities) from CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel), Brazil’s most important federal research funding and supporting agency, and from the Ayrton Senna Institute for Education. Ohio State faculty member, Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, co-advised the dissertation during Schmidt’s time as a visiting scholar at Ohio State in 2018.

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Kelly Franz

Kelly Franz is an undergraduate student at the Fisher College of Business.

I am feeling so grateful and inspired after an unforgettable trip to Brazil with the Fisher Honors Cohort! There are so many misconceptions about Brazil, so I was hesitant about traveling there, but now I can’t wait to go back! I am amazed by all that the country has to offer and the incredible people that live there.

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