Global Voices Project


The purpose of the Global Voices Project is to contribute to intercultural understanding of health and human development issues worldwide, and to encourage thoughtfulness about how efforts to address those issues can be sustained through quality leadership.

There are two parts to this project. These two parts will be carried out during the HHD 397 semester (Part 1) and during the international experience (Part 2).

Part 1

As part of HHD 397, each student will work with a conversation partner through Global Connections. Each student will interview his or her conversation partner to learn about his or her views on leadership. In addition, the interview will focus on what “health, human development, and sustainability” issues the partner views as most important in his or her country. Finally, each student will ask his or her partner about a topic he or she is most interested in (e.g., nutrition, health policy, and sustainable tourism). Interviews will be audio and video recorded.

Students will present the results of these interviews to the rest of the class and write a brief paper summarizing the main points from the interview, as well as a reflection of the issues in terms of the topics discussed in class. It would be ideal for the students to use knowledge gained about their conversation partners' cultural backgrounds (e.g., history and culture of the individuals' countries) when generating their reflections.

Part 2

During the experience abroad, a similar interview, or series of interviews, will take place. Students are free to choose individuals in their abroad country whom they think would be most able to provide perspectives on these issues. It would be ideal to get several perspectives so that more voices are heard on the topics. Focus group interviews are also options.

Upon return to the U.S. (or prior), students will make a short video (no more than 10 minutes) that reflects the essence of the interview(s). These will be uploaded to the GLI website, with the goal of showcasing the many global perspectives on leadership and issues of importance to the College of Health and Human Development. These videos will be discussed in HHD 497.

Details of how the interviews will be recorded are still being solidified.


These are resources at Penn State to assist with any of the technical details of the project. For Part 1, video cameras can be acquired for free at each of these sites as well.