The Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP) is an initiative at the University of New Hampshire that promotes ethics, citizenship, principled leadership, responsible governance and the creation of sustainable institutions. It provides 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 uses 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 is 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 supports 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 also looks for opportunities to support related curriculum and outreach at elementary and secondary schools across the state.
Established in 2014, the project begin funding curriculum and faculty development, public lectures and outreach. It helped develop a university-wide dual major in sustainability, a course connecting humanities-based study of ethics with business ethics in partnership with the Paul College, and an introductory course on the "big questions," as well as facilitated the hiring of a lecturer and provided 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.
For a complete list of upcoming RGSCP-sponsored lectures, please see our schedule of events.