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Program Format

In January of each year, a fresh cohort of students begins a process of peer-to-peer experiential learning and collaborative problem-solving. By focusing on the needs of their own organizations and the needs of others, students gain a deep understanding of opportunities to address a broad range of sustainability challenges in local communities and throughout global society. During the program, students work individually and in interdisciplinary teams to develop strategies for real-world challenges.

Program at a glance:

  • Accelerated 12-month, 3-semester format, January to December each calendar year
  • 11 meetings per year: on campus in the Washington, D.C. metro area for five 3-day meetings and virtually for six 2-day meetings (in-person meetings are virtual until it is safe to gather in groups again)
  • Individual and team coursework is completed virtually between class sessions
  • A 10-day Global Study 
  • Students partner with a faculty advisor to advance independent study projects
  • Professional career coaching included with tuition
  • Focus on global sustainability topics and leadership development
  • Access to the expertise of core faculty and dozens of guest lecturers and speakers
  • Networking with sustainability professionals from around the world

Sample Class Schedules
Each month, students examine specific sustainability systems (e.g., climate, food and agriculture, energy, etc.) and learn leadership strategies (e.g., collective impact, boundary spanning leadership, stakeholder analysis and engagement, and more) and ways to apply them. This sample features two- and three-day class schedules focused on topics and activities in the months of April and May. 

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VT_XMNR_SampleSchedules.pdf

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