About the School

In our interconnected world, understanding the causes of social exclusion is crucial. People worldwide are excluded from their communities for reasons including disability, age, race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Classes at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) focus on research-supported practices that increase inclusion regionally, nationally, and around the world. Instruction is delivered on campus, online, and through international exchange programs.

Our mission statement

Empowering communities locally, nationally, and internationally to advance wellness, educational access, economic participation, and social opportunities for all their citizens by developing leaders, building knowledge, and demonstrating real-world innovations that embrace inclusion.

To achieve this mission, SGISD faculty, students, and staff make the following commitments:

  • To undertake work that creates social change and promotes human rights and justice for individuals who are excluded from their community because of their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or other factors.
  • To recognize that this work requires advocating for and defending the rights of all citizens.
  • To recognize that social change is more effective when it is achieved through partnerships between excluded individuals and experts from various disciplines, all approaching inclusion from unique perspectives. Effective collaboration is based on mutual learning and respect, and requires collegiality and collective intelligence.
  • To focus the activities of SGISD on empowering individuals to define their own quality of life and realize their full potential.
  • To ground all the activities of SGISD in transdisciplinary education, training, research, and service. All these elements combine to apply theory and evidence-based research to practice. The knowledge the school produces is translated and disseminated to all communities affected by the issues in question.

What careers do SGISD graduates engage in?

Our graduates are trained to take on leadership roles in a variety of fields. Here are some examples of how a SGISD graduate could put his or her degree to use:

  • Running a women's shelter in an underserved rural community in the U.S.
  • Supporting veterans with disabilities to find fulfilling work
  • Training people who are blind or have low vision to navigate independently
  • Working with an international nonprofit to empower communities hit hard by natural disasters
  • Serving as a consultant to the United Nations on issues around equal access to education
  • Conducting research into employment and compensation patterns across ethnic groups in a developing country

The McCormack Graduate School has excellent career resources here. Many of them are relevant to SGISD graduates, such as gerontology, conflict resolution, and international relations.

Learn more about our graduate programs

Global Inclusion and Social Development, MA

Global Inclusion and Social Development, PhD

Rehabilitation Counseling, MS

Vision Studies, MEd