TLS Program Overview and Benefits
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LAU has launched a new Tomorrow’s Leaders Gender Scholars Program (TLS), fully funded by the United States Department of State - Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The program aims to fortify existing networks in gender studies curriculum and to foster a cross-disciplinary culture of gender mainstreaming in coursework among undergraduate students. Due to the current dire economic situation in Lebanon, TLS program targets currently enrolled, high academically achieving, Lebanese students on financial aid from all fields of study.
This program is led by the School of Arts and Sciences that tailor-made the Gender Series program to meet TLS’ objectives. Indeed the School of Arts and Sciences at LAU has designed a bespoke program, a Gender Series of courses that consists of multidisciplinary sets of problems relating to national, regional and global issues around Gender and its manifestations in the social, economic, political and cultural lives.
TLS - one-of-a-kind program will:
- Allow current LAU students to expand their learning abilities, and skills to add knowledge in gender education, activism, and career-building.
- Provide students with full gender studies coursework allowing them to advocate for policy reforms that facilitate democratic transitions, encourage women’s participation in different and all sectors of the workforce, and, shed light on inclusive, equitable and fair gender representation in security, conflict resolution and peacemaking.
Students will receive:
- Full tuition coverage for each semester in which they enroll in one gender studies course, for up to two semesters only. Students are expected to have a full-time load (minimum 12 credits) and preferably not exceeding 15 credits each semester.
- Mentorship on gender research and paper writing.
- Opportunities to attend university-sponsored workshops, seminars, round-tables, and forum discussions.
The LAU MEPI TLS program has launched its first Blog platform to mainly showcase TLS. Students reflections on gender issues impacting Lebanon and the MENA region. The purpose of this blog platform is to allow students to bring awareness and highlight pressing issues, explain the causes of the problem, advocate for positive transformative change, and propose solutions. TLS students who wish to post their work on the TLS blog, shall do the following:
1. Submit their blog draft to their instructor for approval
2. Get the support of the writing center as needed,
3. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions and for final approval.