The Eisenhower Institute promotes nonpartisan discourse and critical analysis of issues of long-term importance through a variety of initiatives, including its undergraduate programs, which are led by expert scholars and practitioners in areas ranging from strategic leadership and environmental policy to civil rights and the Middle East. These programs enhance students’ academic experience at Gettysburg College by providing practical connections to topics of study.
Eisenhower Institute programs are open to Gettysburg College students from all majors and class years. Participants must be enrolled at the College for the duration of the program. There is no fee for participating in Eisenhower Institute programs.
Current juniors who plan to be on campus both semesters their senior year are eligible to apply by Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
The Eisenhower Institute Undergraduate Fellows program offers a select group of Gettysburg College students the chance to develop their leadership skills and grow in their knowledge and understanding of public policy. During the 2021-22 academic year, the Undergraduate Fellows' theme is U.S.-China Relations: Is a New Cold War Coming? Is It Already Here?
The Fielding Fellows program provides a select group of Gettysburg College students with an immersive experience centered on the executive branch of the United States. The year-long fellowship focuses on separation of powers dynamics, constitutional law, and diplomacy. Each year, Fielding Fellows travel to a presidential library to conduct archival research, facilitate on-campus academic panels and debates, and work on an in-depth public policy project that traditionally culminates in a presentation to State Department officials at a U.S. embassy abroad.
Additional programs to be announced
Washington Connections is a semester-long experience that provides students with a deeper understanding of the American political system, equips them with skills to engage as members of a civic community, and prepares them for lives and careers as agents of change.
Environmental Leadership provides a small group of students with a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of key factors behind environmental policy conflicts. Participants are introduced to major concepts necessary to understand environmental ethics, economics, and policy, then apply these to a series of case studies.
Inside Civil Rights
Inside Civil Rights examines contemporary civil rights issues through the lens of the past, and specifically from the context of Gettysburg and Little Rock. The program focuses on some watershed moments of civil rights discourse to critically examine the progress (or lack thereof) towards civil rights in the United States.
Women and Leadership
Women and Leadership explores intersections among gender and leadership in government, business, law, science, and more. Participants develop their own leadership skills while engaging in interactive sessions with practitioners who discuss their career paths and how gender impacts decision-making and leadership in their professional environments.
Contours of the Middle East
Contours of the Middle East exposes students to a broad and balanced range of the socio-economic, political, and cultural developments that are transforming the region today. Contours will feature a series of topical discussions, including presentations by foreign policy professionals with decades of expertise in their fields.
Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times
Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times is a yearlong specialized seminar that introduces students to the concepts of strategic thinking and leadership. Under the direction of Susan Eisenhower, SALTT participants use case studies to examine the tenets of strategic thinking and how it can be used to address rapidly changing political, social, and business environments.