GTL Newsletter #14

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If we try hard enough, maybe August will slow down…




General Updates

This Week –
  • GTL will welcome new Linkers soon, be on the lookout!
  • Linker Kudana will be wrapping up his Learner Marathon session with one of our Learners. Congratulations!
  • The GTL Campus Ambassador program is in development, Linker Yukta is hard at work refining what the job will look like for Learners to get more involved with GTL.
  • Linker Maya had the first session in our first ever 4-session, 4-Linker led program!
  • Linkers Bella and Chantal completed an external Learner Report for a new Learner.
  • Mental Health Awareness – a new GTL initiative. Linkers Annie and Rebecca are passionate about mental health and are in the beginning stages of creating a space and dialogue for all things relating to mental health.
  • VIDEO GAME PARTY!! Friday, August 27th! More info is below. 
  • WEBINAR: Linkers Rebecca and Maya have an upcoming webinar on the intersectionality of race and gender. More details are below.   
Last Week – 
  • The Core team discussed developing a GTL Campus Ambassador Program.
  • Linker Rebecca started Learner Programs for two Learners. Hooray!
  • Linkers Bella and Chantal interviewed a new Learner!
  • Linker Kudana completed another Learner Marathon session with one of our Learners!
  • Linkers Yukta and Chantal met to rehaul the GTL Dashboard, stay tuned for a new and improved version!



GTL Service Highlight

Talent Boost — Linker Community Share 

Being a part of the GTL family allows every Learner free access to Linker-created content: Community Share!

  • Webinars are hosted by Linkers on various academic and personal development topics. These webinars can be joined live, or Learners can watch the recordings of previous webinars on our Teams, WeChat, or Youtube channel.
  • Blog posts are written by Linkers, Partners, and Academic Advisors to GTL and can be accessed through the GTL website.
  • Linker hours are designated times where select Linkers are available weekly for individual queries on Teams.

Click on the picture or the hyperlink for more information! 



Blog Spotlight

What Happens When You Identify With Something?
by Rebecca Braimon

I’ll get the ball rolling:

I identify as a woman so I am expected to like pink and have longer hair. I identify as a Northeasterner so I am expected to speak with a Boston accent (lose my R’s and talk with my hands) when I am upset. I identify as an over-analyst and a worrier so I am expected to avoid large crowds and make to-do lists. Everything I just mentioned is a part of my identity. It affects the way I see the world, the way I make decisions, and the way I introduce myself and communicate with others. But in what ways do my identities and labels affect how the world sees me? Identifying with a group or label is like unlocking a power-up in a game or getting hired at a new job: you get all the perks of super-speed and free-donut Fridays, but you also get all the unsavory assumptions.

To read the full post, click here >>>




WEBINAR: Intersectionality of Race & Gender

Linkers Maya and Rebecca have prepared a webinar about the Intersectionality of Race and Gender to celebrate the diversity of humanity and the many ways our identities interact and intersect.

This presentation discusses:

  • the definition and importance of intersectionality
  • the impact of racial and sexual minority status on education
  • how equality disguises inequity
  • the ways in which stereotypes about race and gender can affect people
Stay tuned for a potentially two-part series on these essential topics about human interaction and harmony across demographics! 





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International Peace Month

In honor of International Peace Month, we wanted to highlight what people and organizations around the world have been doing to support peace in their countries and abroad.




World Peace Is Not a Myth by Rut Yirdaw 

This speech is full of reflections about attitudes towards sustainability and what it would take for our global leaders to act towards more altruistic goals. As the title says, Rut Yirdaw believes that World Peace Is Not a Myth. Rut Yirdaw is a first-year bachelor student at the Business and Economics program at Stockholm School of Economics. She is a person who constantly strives to make the future a safer place. Early on she started reflecting about attitudes towards sustainability and what it would take for our global leaders to act towards more altruistic goals. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at