Global Sustainability Scholars Program

University of Colorado Boulder

Global Sustain+Ability Scholars program trains and supports rising young professionals from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and worldviews. We are a professional community, working on global sustainable development challenges that face communities and environments.

We bring together the brightest undergraduate students and young professionals from under-represented groups to work with leading scientists on critical sustainability challenges that face communities and environments in the future. This effort spans cultures, borders and disciplines.

Department/Institute/Unit: Research and Innovation Office/Sustainability and Innovation Lab at Colorado
Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
City: Boulder
Country: United States
State/Province: Colorado
Program Leader(s): Kirsten Rowell
Point(s) of Contact: María Fernanda Enríquez Szentkirályi
Contact Email(s):
Year Initiated: 2018
Currently Active: Yes
Program Scale: National
Participant Model: Cohort Based
Participant Eligibility: Master’s Student
Time Commiment for Participants: 60+ hours
Requirements for Participation: US Citizen; Sustainability focused; Bachelors degree completed in the past 4yrs; Enrolled in accredited college.
Application Frequency: Yearly
Application Process: Online application (short essays, unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation – one from graduate advisor).
Program Recruitment Strategies: N/A
Cost to Participant: No
Funding or Support Available to Participants: N/A
Amount or Types of Support Available to Participants (if applicable): Stipend and funding to travel and lodging at host site
Mentorship Model: Research mentors
Number of Participants in Program: 10-19
How Program is Funded: Public Grants
Other Program Partners: N/A
Number of Program Staff: 3
Is the Program Credit Bearing or Credentialing: No
Is there a Program Evaluation Conducted: Yes
Type(s) of Evaluation(s) Conducted: An external evaluator is hired. Both quantitative and quantitative data are collected

Building and managing your personal board

Organizations build boards to advise them on direction, connect them to the right individuals, help find funding opportunities, and champion their work. Why shouldn’t you have a board too? In

Cultural Identity Iceberg

Social constructs and cultural groupings inform how we perceive the world around us. This exercise allows students to begin to look at their own lenses and the social constructs that

CV and Resumé Building

In this workshop, we take a survey of different types of CVs and Resumes and we build our own. We evaluate different ways to tweak your resume for different job


Dialogue is a particular type of communication tool that is designed to create space for idea generation. In this session we introduce and practice the four sills of Dialogue: Voice,

Difficult conversations

Difficult conversations happen in the best relationships. And they are important to have. We introduce and practice different tools and skills to help students navigate tricky conversations with peers, superiors,

Elevator Pitch

Students learn to introduce themselves and the work they do to different people within 5 to 15 seconds. Who are they, what they do, what they are working on, and