Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership

Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership

As an ambassador, congressman, mayor, and civil rights leader, Ambassador Andrew Young created a legacy of leading the fight for human and civil rights, both nationally and internationally, providing leadership in pursuit of social justice, and creating opportunity and prosperity among those who are under-served. As Ambassador Young envisions it, social justice is a system that maximizes opportunities for "all of God's children" to realize their full potential. Leadership plays a critical role in this. Thus, the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership centers both leadership development and social justice training and activism in its work.

About the Center

Four interdependent institutes make up the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership. We designed them to provide institutional, national, and international leadership in the examination and generation of solutions for global challenges, the study of social justice-based leadership, social justice activism training, and the development of social change agents, and co-curricular experiences designed to prepare students for lives as global citizens and leaders. To learn more, watch our video about the center.

Institute for Research, Civic Engagement, and Policy

The Institute for Research, Civic Engagement, and Policy's primary mission is to bring together individuals and groups to study and develop solutions to complex social problems. This institute will lead investigation and problem-solving by the Andrew Young Center of Global Leadership. The institute is home to the Social Justice Collective and facilitates partnerships with multiple social justice-focused organizations. Frederick Knight, Ph.D. leads the Institute for Research, Civic Engagement, and Policy.

Leadership Studies Program

The mission of the Leadership Studies Program is to produce—in the words of Benjamin E. Mays—"men who can be trusted in public and private life, men who are sensitive to the wrongs, the sufferings, and the injustices of society, and who are willing to accept responsibility for correcting those ills." The program offers an academic minor and programming open to all majors. It is home to the Leadership Lecture Series and a prison education initiative. Kipton Jensen, Ph.D. directs the Leadership Studies Program.

Institute for International and Experiential Education

The Institute for International and Experiential Education focuses on co-curricular and integrative learning experiences designed to prepare students for global and domestic social justice leadership. The institute coordinates international and domestic service, study, research, work experiences, and training experiences to prepare students interested in pursuing careers in international service. This institute also develops and implements programming to provide service-learning opportunities and create other experiential learning opportunities for faculty and alumni. The institute is home to the Oprah Winfrey, SMASH, and P&G Scholars Programs. Jann H. Adams, Ph.D. leads the Institute for International and Experiential Education and serves as the Center's Lead Director.

Institute for Social Justice Inquiry and Praxis

The Institute for Social Justice Inquiry and Praxis serves as a training hub of the center that uses "freedom" theories to teach, develop and implement solutions to social justice inequalities, particularly as they relate to peoples of Africa and its Diaspora.