The Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP) is a newly established initiative at the University of New Hampshire that will promote ethics, citizenship, principled leadership, responsible governance and the creation of sustainable institutions. It will provide opportunities for students and citizens of New Hampshire to learn how to be involved citizens and members of ethical, responsible, and productive communities, businesses and organizations by bringing the past into dialogue with the present in order to inform the future.
The project will use the humanities to investigate ethics and citizenship, as well as partner with other programs across the university, like the Sustainability Institute, to include as many students as possible from all backgrounds. It will be part of the classics program, the unit responsible for the university's teaching and research on the civilizations of the Greeks and Romans and their deep influence on later time periods. RGSCP and the classics program will support a variety of teaching, research, programming and engagement activities across the campus with the intention of expanding successful initiatives to the rest of the University System of New Hampshire. The project will also look for opportunities to support related curriculum and outreach at elementary and secondary schools across the state.
In anticipation of being fully up and running in the fall of 2014, the project will begin funding curriculum and faculty development, public lectures and outreach almost immediately. In the planning stages are a university-wide dual major in sustainability, a course connecting humanities-based study of ethics with business ethics in partnership with the Paul College, an introductory course on the "big questions," the hiring of a lecturer, support for undergraduate research, and a series of public events.
Funding comes from a $5 million endowment created by the N.H. Secretary of State's Office and the Center for Public Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship. The funds to establish the endowment come from a settlement reached between the New Hampshire Securities Bureau and Tyco International, LTD in 2002.