Talking about diversity was not enough. There was a need for something more than just a conversation, more than a committee, even more than a class. Holy Innocents' Program for Global Citizenship (PGC) emerged from a Board of Trustees’ conversation about where the institution was – and wanted to be – with regard to developing students’ capacity for citizenship, servant leadership, and global awareness.
PGC is squarely grounded in the School’s mission, which states in part, “Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School develops in students...a sense of service to the world community.” This mission provides the program with its ultimate charge – developing students who have the capacity to serve the world. The three-year program for rising sophomores centers on the cornerstones of servant leadership, diversity and inclusion, and citizenship. Students have an increased foreign language requirement and required junior and senior year electives, including a Global Citizenship Seminar in junior year and a Senior Capstone Course in senior year. Students also have the option to study abroad for a semester.
Helping our students to become conscientious citizens of the world, ensuring they understand that their actions can have profound consequences—for better or worse—on their world, and fostering an intellectual curiosity and entrepreneurial vision for the world are some of PGC’s goals. Fundamentally, however, the program prepares students to serve as catalysts for change in their surroundings—at Holy Innocents', in Atlanta, in college, and in the world.