Global Village House Themes

HOUSE LIST FOR 2017-2018:


The Global Village is a Living-Learning Community that seeks to develop language skills, intercultural appreciation, global awareness, and a sense of community among participating students. This unique environment combines residential life and activities, in and outside of the classroom, to foster community and synergy among the students, instructors, courses, houses, beyond. Student engagement is an essential part of the Global Village experience. The Global Village is a supportive, enriching, and dynamic living-learning environment that fosters creative and innovative approaches to traditional and emerging fields of education and research. Additionally, students may apply to be a Global Ambassador, a student leader who represents her house to the Global Village community. With an overarching theme of women and globalization, the Global Village empowers Douglass students to become leaders in their own right in the classroom, in the community, and beyond.


Africana Cultural Experience

This house and course focuses on providing students with theoretical and practical knowledge of some of the contemporary issues facing members of the North American African Diaspora. The course is specifically tailored towards allowing students to engage with and situate contemporary issues of social justice, respectability politics, Black feminist thought and the media, within a larger framework of intersectionality and feminism within the continental United States.

La Casa Hispánica

This house and course examine the formation of a “Hispanic/Latin” identity in the US. We will deepen our understating of the cultural diversity of Latin America, and analyze how the populations from such distinct cultures became portrayed as a single group. We will explore questions such as: What does it mean to be “latinx” in the US? How does Latin-American culture influence U.S. culture, and vice-versa?

Leadership and Global Citizenship

This house and course center on leadership skills to empower women to shape their own experiences and to work collaboratively with others to engage in global citizenship. Through theoretical and practical applications of contemporary theories on leadership design, national identity, and globalization, students learn to identify effective means of leadership and to position themselves as global activists and global leaders at home and abroad.

Human Rights and Theory and Practice

This house and course are designed to provide an introduction to human rights principles and theories with a focus on gender and diversity. Students will explore the effects of human rights on various populations and develop hands on experience through community service work into the spring semester. It will provide an understanding of the evolutionary process of human rights and its continued development on a local, national, and international levels. Students will be guided and encouraged to use critical thinking skills to explore their own ideas of human rights, privilege, and identity to address inequality and discrimination on a national and global scale.


This house and course explore the history of sexuality, the intersections between sexuality and culture, politics, activism, and art. The course content focuses on sex positivity, sexual expression, and how to be an LGBTQA ally, among other topics. Members will participate in RU Safe Zone trainings and have the option to become trainers themselves.

Public Health

This house and course will explore the intersection of racial, gendered, and economic inequities in the field of Public Health, specifically focusing on the challenges experienced by women. Comparisons will be made between to explore the varying challenges experienced by women in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Course readings, videos, guest speakers, and field excursions will be used to facilitate weekly sessions. Subsequently, a service learning trip to the Dominican Republic will take place over winter break. Students are expected to actively contribute to thoughtful class discussions to enhance their learning experience.


This house and course center on women and a variety of practices of medicine in a global context. In a shared learning experience, students will explore the field of medicine and the role women have played in research (as subject and researcher), barriers to women in medicine and careers in medicine. This courses hosts guest speakers from local, national, and regional organizations, and provides students the opportunity to engage with theories and practices in numerous manifestations of the field of medicine around the world.


The Creativity house and course attempt to de-mystify the creative process and encourage the development of themes and ideas through vehicles of expression including visual art, performance, and creative writing. Topics of gender, sexuality, identity, creativity and perception will be explored and discussed through texts, films, lectures and critiques.


The Business house and course offer students the opportunity to explore the various aspects of business ownership, from idea to design to implementation. Students will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and how others have succeeded, failed and/or engaged in a turn-around, and they will also analyze the different ways that gender shapes the world of business.