Preparing Bulldogs to become responsible global citizens doesn’t start and end in the classroom. Rich cocurricular activities and learning opportunities are vital to students’ development, and Drake is home to several centers and institutes that provide those experiences. Through events, academics, resources, and special programs, these organizations play a critical role in bringing the world to campus.
The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship aims to prepare students—and members of the wider campus and Des Moines community—to operate effectively in different cultural contexts and to see their own culture from the perspective of others. The center hosts several events every academic year, funds a number of scholarships and development grants, and oversees the Global Practitioner in Residence program.
The Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs provides in-depth international knowledge and experiences to students interested in pursuing a career related to international affairs. The Nelson Institute funds several scholarship and grant programs as well as the Diplomat in Residence program.
The Chinese Cultural Exchange Program connects faculty, students, and graduates at Drake with those at educational institutions in China. Graduating seniors can also participate in the Teach in China program, which provides opportunities to teach English in locations across China.