GIS Overview

The Great Issues Scholars program is designed to complement a student's academic experience during his or her first year on campus. It offers Scholars unprecedented access to international scholars, politicians, humanitarians, and writers, as well as Dartmouth faculty experts. 

Each term the program examines a specific theme through expert presentations, simulations, small group lunch and dinner discussions, special lectures and tours, and more. Scholars also learn about various academic and career paths. The 2019-2020 Great Issues Scholars will be selected from the Global Village Living Learning Community as well as independent applications from first year students. Students interested in participating in the Great Issues Scholars in Residence must apply to the program via the Housing StarPortal in Banner Student by writing the application for the Global Village and indicating an interest in this program. Applications for those NOT living in the Global Village will be due in September following new-student orientation. All selected Scholars start the year with a weekend retreat to build friendships, understand the program, and work and learn together. Throughout the year Scholars meet together for regular programming and special events such as receptions or discussion of a shared reading with an author. 

Scholars are required to attend a minimum of 4 events per term for a total of 12 or more for the year. 

Peer Mentors, former Scholars now in their sophomore year, help organize small group discussions, socials, and receptions with visitors and faculty. They also provide insights into the many ways Scholars can link the Great Issues Scholars program to their larger Dartmouth experience.

Friendships and connections made based on a shared interest in global issues will last throughout a student's Dartmouth years and beyond. 

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