Global Citizenship & Foreign Exchange

Program for Global Citizenship

A Sense of Service to the World Community

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.

Global in the News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Isabella Alexander, Ph. D.

    Filmmaker and Anthropologist Speaks to Holy Innocents' Students

    On Tuesday, Oct. 30, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School welcomed writer, independent documentary filmmaker and Emory University professor of anthropology and film, Isabella Alexander, Ph. D.
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  • Faculty Going, Growing Global

    This week, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School sent nine faculty members to Madrid and Pamplona, Spain for our first International Professional Learning Visit (PLV).
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  • Roedean Girls Choir Performs in Stephens Family Courtyard at HIES

    Roedean Girls Choir Performs at HIES

    On Wednesday, April 25, the Roedean Girls Choir wrapped up their U.S. tour at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. The 40-member choir performed several songs including "Sanibonani," "The Circle of Life," and "The Lioness Hunt" for the Upper School student body in the Stephens Family Courtyard.
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Erik Vincent
Director of Global Studies

Chris Yarsawich
Associate Director of Global Studies
805 Mount Vernon Highway, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Phone: (404) 255-4026

About HIES

Holy Innocents’ is the largest Episcopal parish day school in the United States, a fully accredited, college-preparatory day school for 3-year-olds through 12th-grade boys and girls.