Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE)

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Introducing Taste of GELE

How often have you heard someone say, “back in my day things were easier” or “where I came from, we did things differently?” In the past, most nations or societies could stand alone and be self-sufficient. Today almost all nations and almost all people are part of an interdependent global order whether they realize it or not.  Although there is no singularly agreed upon definition of the word globalization, it is often understood as the process through which products, people, ideas, culture, and capital, are transferred around the world creating a system of global integration.

Sounds a bit complex, right? Maybe you are asking yourself if globalization is making the world smaller or larger? Better or worse? With advances in telecommunications and transportation, the world has become an enormous and inviting landscape for exploration and engagement. If we have the means to do so, we can travel to nearly every inch of the earth in person or virtually, we can communicate and mobilize with people from foreign cultures, and we can even pursue new opportunities for professional or even personal growth.

With Penn State University as one of the top research institutions in the world, WE ARE transforming the world each and every day. Whether you are a world-traveler, have never left your home country, or are curious as to where you see yourself in the evolving world, consider joining us for a “Taste of GELE” to immerse yourself in an experience unlike any other!

Join other Penn State campuses for a one-day, off-campus retreat on global citizenship! Whether you are a world traveler, have never left your home country, or are curious about the world, consider joining us for this immersive cultural experience! Transportation and meals provided. There will be four Taste of GELE experiences happening in mid-October:

Saturday, October 16

  • University Park, Mont Alto, and York campuses 
  • Altoona, DuBois, and Harrisburg campuses

Saturday, October 23

  • Abington, Berks, Brandywine, Hazelton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre campuses
  • Beaver, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington, and Shenango campuses

The full weekend GELE will be returning in Spring 2022! Participants in Taste of GELE will be eligible to attend the Spring 2022 GELE.

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What is the Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE)?

The Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE) is a weekend conference that brings together international and U.S. students to discuss and learn about aspects of global leadership. It is the perfect mix of serious conversations, engaging activities, and practical simulations.

GELE provides a space for diverse populations of students to talk about cultures and think critically about leadership skills through the variety of global perspectives. Additionally, GELE participants will positively affect the global climate at Penn State, inspiring fellow Penn Staters--future leaders--to transform themselves into globally-engaged and responsible citizens.


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