The President’s Award for Global Learning 2023-2024 faculty programs have been announced, and SHS received one of four Presidential Awards for Global Learning (PAGL) for this year. Representing SHS for this award is Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz, who along with Monica Martinez and Bruce Kellison is leading a project in Northern Ireland.

PAGL is the only global program that fully funds students’ international learning experiences and travel for four weeks at UT Austin. The deadline for student applications has been extended to November 27.

This project will engage students in history, social work, economics and other disciplines to better understand local, regional and national reconciliation processes, using the historical conflict of “the Troubles” in North Ireland as an example. Partnering with nonprofit Corrymeela, whose mission is to build trust and understanding among individuals, communities, power structures and statutory bodies in Northern Ireland and beyond, faculty will guide students to understand the pervasiveness, impact and barriers created by conflict and violence and the usefulness of peacemaking and restorative justice practices as future leaders. 

Additional information about PGAL and the program can be found here.

Faculty team members: 
Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA, University Presidential Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work and Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 

Bruce Kellison, Ph.D., Director of the Bureau of Business Research at the IC2 Institute, and co-director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 
Monica Martinez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts  

International partner:  
Corrymeela, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom