Global Pluralism Youth Initiative (GPYI)
The Global Pluralism Youth Initiative (GPYI) was a 7-week online program, formed in partnership with Western Washington University (WWU) partially funded by the U.S. Embassy Japan. Launched in September 2021, GPYI invited 19 high school students from 15 different prefectures in Japan (Gifu, Aichi, Osaka, Aichi, Tokyo, Nagano, Toyama, Fukuoka, Hyogo, Hokkaido, Nara, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Chiba, Hiroshima).
Three Main Pillars:
Global Pluralism Course
A core, online course provided by iLEAP that grounds students in the foundations of global pluralism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
English for Transformational Leadership Course
A customized English language training course provided by Western Washington University.
Lectures on how and why to study and learn abroad in the United States provided by Western Washington University.
For this GYPI program, two specific goals were set up:
- Goal 1: Understand how leadership with a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging lens looks in cross-cultural and global contexts.
- Goal 2: Acquire the knowledge and skills that 21st century leaders need to operate professionally in equitable and inclusive ways across cultures.
of the participants successfully received a certificate of completion from Western Washington University.
of the participants said they increased their knowledge in diversity and inclusion.
of the participants said they increased their English communication skills to speak about diversity and inclusion.
of the participants said they increased their knowledge about studying in the U.S.
of the participants said they started to think that studying in the U.S. is one of the options for their future.