Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the goal of the Global Laureates Academy?

    The Global Laureates Academy is a network of faculty, staff and students who aim to make an impact on the Wake Forest University community by exploring relevant topics aligned with the 5 global learning threads. After participating in a series of workshops, members will propose and implement collaborative final projects aimed at positively impacting our global campus community.

  • Why was the Global Laureates Academy created?

    The GLA is one of 4 initiatives that came out of the 2016 QEP (university’s 10 year quality enhancement plan). Through a series of focus groups, which included faculty, staff and students from all disciplines and both the College and Graduate and Professional Schools, the GLA was born out of what the committee believed was a need for a collaborative program that would bring the campus together in a global focus. The GLA was established to encourage learning and collaborations among faculty, staff, and students.

  • Who can join the Global Laureates Academy?

    Any student, faculty or staff member at WFU is eligible to apply to the GLA and will need at least 3 semesters to complete the program.

  • What if I am studying or teaching abroad? Can I be a part of the academy?

    Students and faculty studying or teaching abroad will be able to participate; however, if you plan to be abroad for longer than one semester, we encourage you to apply after you return to campus.

  • How many participants are in a cohort each year?

    Each cohort will consist of up to 20 participants and will be comprised of faculty, staff, and students.

  • What are the 5 Global Learning Threads?
    • Intercultural Inquiry: Interpret global events, values, and practices from multiple cultural perspectives. 
    • Self Awareness: Explain how their own perspectives and experiences influence their understanding of other cultures. 
    • Community Interaction: Collaborate across diverse cultures and settings to address complex global challenges. 
    • Intercultural Communication: Negotiate intercultural interactions using appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills. 
    • Global Responsibility: Formulate solutions to global challenges through informed decision-making and reflection. 
  • If I am a faculty or staff member, does this require supervisor or department chair approval?

    Supervisor or department chair approval must be obtained to participate.

  • What is the time commitment?

    The program will take approximately 3 semesters. In the first semester, participants must attend 4 workshops (approximately 75 minutes each) aligned with the global learning threads. During the second year, participants will work in self-selected groups to develop and implement a final project that will positively impact our global campus community. The time involved with the final project depends on the number of team members and the complexity of the project.

  • If I am a student, can I get academic credit for participating in the GLA?

    At this time, students cannot receive credit for participating in the GLA.

  • If I am a faculty or staff who has completed other professional development training, can I count other workshops towards GLA?

    Although faculty and staff may have attended other workshops with similar content, it’s important to participate in the GLA workshops in order to build community and be in conversation with other Laureates. This shared experience will be crucial as groups begin to identify ideas and collaborate on their final projects.

  • What if I cannot make one of the workshops?

    For spring 2021 workshops will be available via Canvas for participants to watch on their own time. We will then come together via Zoom to reflect and discuss the information shared. If you are unable to make the workshop discussion, you will be asked to meet with the program coordinator to talk about the content of the workshop.

    We understand conflicts happen, but please make every effort to attend. It’s important to participate in the GLA workshops in order to build community and be in conversation with other Laureates. This shared experience will be important as groups begin to identify ideas and collaborate on their final projects.

  • What does a final project look like?

    There is no set template! A project can be developed and implemented on any subject that will positively impact the global mindset of the Wake Forest community. Final projects are encouraged to be undertaken by a collaborative group of faculty, staff, and/or students, however individual projects may be approved. Project ideas will need to be submitted in advance to the GLA program coordinator.

  • What will I receive for participating in the Global Laureates Academy?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be featured on the GLA website and be invited to a recognition ceremony where you’ll receive a certificate and gift for your participation.

  • What are the incentives for faculty/staff/students to participate?

    Whether it be professional development or personal improvement, the incentive to participate may be different for each person. From the perspective of GLA, we hope members of each cohort – whether this be their first step  in cultural curiosity or part of an ongoing process – will develop their cultural agility and global awareness on both individual and collective levels as they strive to implement a final project for the greater good of the Wake Forest community.

  • How do I apply to the Global Laureates Academy?

    Apply now on the GLA website at

  • Who do I contact for more information about the Global Laureates Academy?

    For more information about the GLA, contact Sandra McMullen ( or 336-758-4889).