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Global leadership foRUm 2019

The UWC-USA summer program: Global Leadership Forum (GLF) welcomes youth from around the world aged 14 to 18 who create a dynamic and enthusiastic international community of global problem solvers and change makers for 21 days from 30 June  - 20 July, 2019. GLF aims to deliver a succinct UWC experience without the academic pressure of the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB). Participants are encouraged to arrive with a community project idea of their choice connected to their local community. On campus, GLF Staff help facilitate design thinking and problem solving skills for the participants to develop a community project plan of action that will be implemented upon returning to their home communities. Participants develop leadership skills and get exposed to the local Southwest culture and socio-political issues that surround New Mexico. Additionally, participants engage activities that foster interpersonal growth and empathy, support community service and project development, instill sense of self-awareness, and challenge global perspectives. Ideal GLF participants are curious, motivated, and willing to take on new personal challenges and risks. 

GLF 2019 Applications Are OPEN !!



Changing The World Sometimes Changes You

At GLF, we challenge our participants to step out of their comfort zones. Through supportive education and deliberate community engagement we aim to harness the energy and power our youth have to foster social justice. Through the GLF experience, participants find themselves emancipated from the idea that they cannot do anything about the problems in their community. Our GLF alumni leave more confident, skilled and empowered makers of positive social change.

Our Program Components

1. Global Community Building & Cultural Experience

Participate in cultural shows or show off your talents! Learn the history of our campus and surrounding communities that witnessed the decolonization of the United States. Visit Bandelier National Monument and Tesuque Pueblo farm to learn about Native American Nations and agriculture practices. Explore downtown Santa Fe, enjoy live music, experience the beautiful Santa Fe Opera, eat delicious food, and soak up the Southwest culture!

2. Social Justice Project Development

Arrive with ideas and social justice challenges that exist in your home community. Through design thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and creativity, engage in activities that foster the development of a plan of action that improves or solves a community challenge. Implement this plan upon returning home with follow up from the GLF community.

3. Constructive Engagement of Conflict

Equip yourself with theoretical and practical lenses with which to constructively engage with personal, interpersonal, and community level conflicts. Learn how to use non-violent communication to communicate effectively and productively on important issues and topics.

4. Service Learning

Volunteer with local non-profit organizations such as the Santa Fe International Folk Arts Market, UWC-USA Agro-ecology Research Center, and with indigenous communities learning about the cultures and history of the American Southwest and the First Nations people.

5. Outdoor Adventures

Experience the outdoors and natural environment of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Challenge yourself and push your limits by hiking Hermit’s Peak in the Pecos Wilderness and explore the many trails around campus with unlimited views of our high altitude desert landscape. Watch the sunrise over the eastern horizon of the American Great Plains.


Dates: 30 June – 20 July 2019

Application Fee: $50 Non-refundable

Application Deadline: Non-US Citizens 12 April 2019; US Citizens 3 May 2019

Program Tuition: $4,000 (Limited financial aid available)

Location: Montezuma, New Mexico

Ages: 14-18


“It is so influential and powerful for me to have had those several days there, and of course the experience is so incredible and amazing. It was my first time to be in such a diverse setting! I was curious, nervous but happy to find out the differences among others. And through a lot of meaningful collective activities, I believe in the quotes of UWC-USA that “there is more in you than you think”. When I returned to China, I pay more attention to, and care more about the environment…I do not want to buy plastic water bottle, so usually I would have my beverage filled in tins or use a water bottle again and again!”

– Ziqi Wei, China, GLF 2014

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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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