Global Studies and Service

Global Studies and Service

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Established in 2008, the Global Studies and Service Department (GSS) reflects Taft’s commitment to preparing students to become global citizens. Through course work, co-curricular programs, and service to communities both local and global, GSS students develop self-awareness, fluency in a plurality of perspectives, act as stewards of the environment, and effect change as active citizens in order to advance causes of equity and justice.

Students may also choose to craft an individualized pathway through Taft with a more global emphasis for their studies. Launched in 2014, our Global Studies and Service Diploma program combines rigorous course work with service at home and abroad. Students who successfully complete all GSS program requirements are awarded the GSS Diploma at commencement.

Global Studies and Service Faculty

Will Shotwell

Will Shotwell

Global Studies and Service Department Head; English
Carly Borken

Carly Borken

Director of Environmental Stewardship; Science; Global Studies and Service
Baba Frew

Baba Frew

Director of Community Service; Co-Dir Global Leadership Institute; Spanish, Global Studies & Svc
Bob Ganung

Bob Ganung

School Chaplain; Global Studies and Service;
Laura Monti

Laura Monti

Class of 1989
Science; Co-Director of GLI
Alex Shuman

Alex Shuman

History
Edie Traina

Edie Traina

Dean of Faculty; History, Global Studies and Service

Portrait of a GSS Graduate

Students in the GSS program gain skills in understanding the self, understanding others and contexts, and engaging in social action.

Hear More About the GSS Program

To earn a GSS Diploma, candidates are required make a presentation to the Taft community. Hear from three students as they share their experiences during Morning Meeting.

Taft students not only come from across the globe, but travel the world in service, for cultural and academic enrichment, and for pure enjoyment. The Global Journal captures those unique perspectives and experiences.