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

Helping Refugees Find Home in Columbia, MO

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By Margaret Vatterott There are 40 million displaced people in the world right now. Additionally, there are 15.4 million people who have received refugee status. Only about one percent of those refugees will ever be resettled, but some of those people will find a find home  Learn More »

Finding One’s Direction


By Margaret Vatterott For senior Strategic Communications major and international student Grace Chung, the Global Issues Club at Hickman High School gave her life a new direction. Not only did Chung’s experience in the Club affect what she decided to do in college, but it  Learn More »

Turning Passions into Action

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By Margaret Vatterott Kelsey Saragnese, alumna of Rock Bridge High School and the University of Missouri, used to think about her passion for gender equality issues as just a hobby. Now, she dedicates her life to these issues. Saragnese was a member of the Global  Learn More »

Empowering Underserved Students


By Margaret Vatterott Global Issues Club alumna, Morgan Buscher, immersed herself in the organization of a culture that is totally different from her own and now aspires to teach her future students that everyone can succeed, regardless of their backgrounds. Buscher was a student at  Learn More »