Recently, students in Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel’s Introduction to Global Leadership Studies class visited Thistle Farms, an organization designed to heal, empower and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction. Students listened to the stories of leaders at Thistle Farms and toured the new facilities. They learned about the complex worlds of NGOs, social enterprise, spiritual development, legal realities, financial sustainability, marketing, education and service.
Global Leadership Studies is a new interdisciplinary course and major at Belmont. According to Pethel, it draws upon liberal arts and professional courses in leadership, communication, business, political science, history, religion and language from across the campus to prepare “future global leaders for the challenges of today’s world.”