Global Village House Themes

Global Activism at Home and Abroad

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020


The Global Village is a supportive, enriching, and dynamic living-learning environment that cultivates creative and innovative approaches to traditional and emerging fields of education and research. With an overarching theme of women and globalization, the Global Village fosters a support through a close-knit network of friends, instructors, and staff, and empowers Douglass students to become leaders in their own right in the classroom, in the community, and beyond. Additionally, students may apply to be a Global Ambassador, a student leader who represents her house to the Global Village community.

La Casa Hispánica

Explore the Spanish-speaking world through the study of culture of countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, as well as the U.S. Latinx world. Engage with the rich cultural diversity of Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Equatorial Guinea, and learn how populations from distinct countries and cultures became portrayed as a single group. With an emphasis on the representations of women’s identity in traditionally Spanish speaking contexts, the majority of the house material and activities is conducted in Spanish.


Delve into a variety of practices of medicine designed by and form women and girls in a global context. Explore the field of medicine, the role women have played in research, and barriers to women in medicine careers. Learn about practical elements of a career in medicine, and engage with guest speakers from local, national, and regional organizations.

Human Rights

Engage with the effects of law and policy on diverse and disempowered populations at home and around the world. Develop hands on experience through community service, and put theory into action by sharing what you learn with the University community through project based learning. Leverage critical thinking skills to explore your own ideas of human rights, privilege, and identity to address inequality and discrimination on a national and global scale.

Business and Entrepreneurship

Employ entrepreneurship strategies in your own trajectory by learning about women in business in a global context. Examine women’s access to entrepreneurship including microloans in developing countries to women on the Fortune 500 list. Position yourself as entrepreneurs by leveraging your own strengths and interests as entrepreneurial tools.

Global Cuisine

Global Cuisine introduces students to the cultural contexts of nutrition and cuisine as this impacts girls and women around the globe. Students will examine issues of food scarcity and security, genetically modified food, and physical and mental health related to food. The course will also explore women who influence the global food chain and issues of access, equality, and social justice related to nutrition. There will be lots of cuisine sampling in the classroom and around the region.


Cultivate your own creative spirit through hands on engagement with different art forms. You might learn to paint or try your hand at poetry. You will listen to music, watch films, observe dances, visit museums, and explore women in art as change agents around the world. In the spring semester, help curate an exhibition of students’ work from the course.

Public Health

Explore the public health challenges as a women’s issue in New Brunswick and around the world. Assess local public health initiatives and network with experts in the field. You might have the opportunity to participate in Rutgers’ new University wide Global Health initiative. Evaluate what works, and make recommendations for improving the lives of women both locally and globally.

Africana Cultural Experience

Engage with Africana Studies and the African Diaspora in New Brunswick and beyond. Learn about the contemporary issues facing members of the African Diaspora in North America and explore Black feminist thought through cultural manifestations of identity politics. Enhance your academics with local and regional travel opportunities, special events, and local and global activism.

Public Policy

This house and course center on leadership skills to empower women to shape public policy through problem solving at the local, national, and international levels. Through theoretical and practical applications to improve our interconnected world, students learn constructive engagement with governmental, private, and not profit agencies, especially as this relates to women and girls at home and abroad.