Livingstone College

North Carolina Study Abroad/Global Engagement (SAGE) Partnership

In a global society career/workplace development with an international service-learning experience can provide a marketplace edge towards employment. Evidence-based research has demonstrated that studying abroad enhances some outcomes including: retention, four-year graduation rates, degree attainment and career development. The research further indicated that the subgroup that benefited the most were students of color.

Many careers of the 21st Century are global in nature, such as study abroad and service learning programs which become “tools” for career success. Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., 12th President of Livingstone College recognized that “even in challenging economic times, making sure that study abroad is part of our college students’ education is a vital investment.” The creation of the North Carolina Study Abroad/Global Engagement (NC SAGE) Partnership seeks to assist HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) in developing new and innovative strategies to increase opportunity for minority students to gain international exposure through experiential learning opportunities. The Partnership is to bring together our HBCUs around the common interest of creating global citizens ready to excel in today’s marketplace.

Livingstone College is committed to a holistic approach to educating leaders for the 21st Century. An essential part of this strategy is to prepare students for the global marketplace by creating opportunity for an international study abroad service learning experience, as part of the undergraduate experience.

Livingstone College International Center/Program Mission

  • To establish a NC Study Abroad/Global Engagement (NC SAGE) partnership with other HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to create enhanced opportunities for diverse students
  • To establish an International Center that will serve as the focal point for cultural awareness, global understanding, and the preparation of Livingstone College students for the competitive environment of the 21st Century
  • To prepare students to develop a knowledge base and understanding of cultural, political, economic, and social challenges facing the developing nations of the World
  • To promote and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration within the university’s program offerings to broaden course offerings relative to globalization studies and simultaneously establish collaborative partnerships with other national and international institutions of higher learning.

Achievements to Date

  • Established the NC SAGE Partnership with other HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) located in the state of North Carolina
  • Formalized an agreement with IES Abroad, a not-for-profit national educational consortium that sponsors more than 115 study abroad programs annually, to sponsor a Public Health and Service Learning project in Jamaica, May-June 2014
  • Two Livingstone College students spent 10 days on a medical internship assisting doctors and other health practitioners provide primary health care to urban and rural citizens of Iquitos, Peru.