Global Competence Initiative (GCI)

The Global Competence Initiative program at Oakland Catholic is designed to address the need for a workforce which is globally aware and culturally fluent in our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Through completing a required course of study and participation in Encounter and Engagement activities, students have opportunities to engage in the global community, exploring different cultures while studying and reflecting on a range of issues affecting the world.

GCI encourages students to cultivate a global perspective by broadening their knowledge of the concerns, challenges and achievements of the wider world in preparation for their futures as college students and globally engaged citizens.

After fulfilling academic and program requirements over a four-year period, students will receive a Certificate in Global Competence, signifying their completion of the program and their dedication to becoming responsible and respected global leaders.

Descriptions of both academic and participation requirements, which include Encounters (speakers, films, and cultural events) and Engagements (workshops, Model U.N., and a book group), can be found here.

Please review the program and consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity to become more globally competent!

Shot and edited by Molly DeFilippo, OCHS '17