Promoting human rights by encouraging youth towards globally and socially conscious behaviors


Warm welcome to our new website!

This school year, 2014-2015, Global Issues Leadership Development (GILD) is celebrating its 5th Anniversary! We are thrilled that we have made it this far.

Our work would not be possible without all of the support we receive. We are grateful to our current and past Board members. Their passion, energy and commitment keep us moving. We are grateful to teachers who serve as club sponsors. They are generous with their time, talent and skills.

To our students, your curiosity and moral compass are our guiding star. We promise to continue to be here to support, guide, and encourage you on your journey to discover the world.


Nadège Uwase
Founder & Executive Director

The GILD Blog

How to Lead Leaders

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By Meg Vatterott Leading a group of passionate people is a huge task and skill. This is how Rock Bridge High School Global Issues Club alumni Nikhilesh Sharma described the main lesson he learned during his time in the Club. After taking on leadership positions  Learn More »

Linking Medicine and Peace Studies

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By Margaret Vatterott Health is a necessary component of any community, according to Rock Bridge Global Issues Club alum and senior at Notre Dame Alex Sun. Many communities internationally struggle to obtain the resources they need for adequate public health. Sun explains that his goals  Learn More »

Making Passion Practical


By Meg Vatterott High school is a time where one can realize the things that really interest them. Then, one can develop the skills to further those interests while in college. Global Issues Club alumna Megan Schulte is an active member of an organization at  Learn More »

Connecting Storytelling and Human Rights

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By Meg Vatterott The world is a boring place without getting to know people different from you, according to Global Issues Club alumna Kelsey Kupferer. Growing up, Kupferer moved around and was exposed to different kinds of people and places. Learning people’s stories and diverse  Learn More »