PPIA Ex Dir Gbolo awarded Salzburg Global Sem McKnight Fellowship

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program Executive Director Ms. Simone Gbolo has been awarded the Salzburg Global Seminar McKnight Foundation Fellowship Program to attend the Session 603, “Social and Emotional Learning: A Global Synthesis”, to be convened at Schloss Leopoldskron from Sunday, December 2, to Friday, December 7, 2018.       

Simone Gbolo is the executive director of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program, a national nonprofit organization that promotes the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service. The organization selected the Humphrey School of Public Affairs as host of its national headquarters in 2015.

Gbolo comes to PPIA from the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Office of Admissions, where she served as director of its Pipeline Programs since 2013. In this role, she led the initiatives that assist students from broadly diverse backgrounds to successfully matriculate to medical school. Prior to this, she served as associate program director of the North Star STEM Alliance at the University of Minnesota, where she helped socialize students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and STEM careers.

Gbolo's professional background includes varied experiences in higher education and nonprofit organizations including Century College, St. Catherine University, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the American Lung Association.

A Doctoral student in higher education at the University of Minnesota, working on a degree in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in Higher Education, Ms. Gbolo has a B.S., an M.Ed. (youth development leadership) and an M.A. (multicultural college teaching and learning) from the University of Minnesota.

Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) McKnight Foundation Fellowship Program

The International Fellows and Scholars Program office is proud to administer a university-wide program that awards fellowships to outstanding residential mid-career professionals to attend a session at the Salzburg Global Seminar through a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society. Sessions average about five-days supporting the mission of the Seminar to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concerns. Beginning in 1947, the Salzburg Global Seminar has convened more than 25,000 fellows representing more than 160 countries.  
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