The Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP)

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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.

RGSCP Coming Events

Future Leaders Institute

Sunday, July 28 - Saturday, August 3, 2024

A UNH Residential Summer Camp in Philosophy, Politics, Ethics, and Global Justice

Founded in 2014, The Future Leaders Institute offers a residential philosophy camp at UNH for thoughtful high-school students to discuss big ideas in a collaborative environment while making friends and enjoying summer in coastal New Hampshire.

Award winning faculty Nick Smith (UNH Philosophy), Nina Windgätter (UNH Philosophy), and Eden Suoth (Oyster River Social Studies) bring interdisciplinary and highly interactive learning approaches to immerse students in social and political philosophy and coach them to apply these powerful tools to current issues. The theme for 2024 is Technology and the Future of Humanity, and we will discuss various topics related to human progress, artificial intelligence, automated labor, advanced weaponry, social media and big data, gaming and virtual reality, space exploration and colonization, and the search for alien intelligence.

We aim to introduce students to challenging ideas while creating an emotionally comfortable “pre-college” environment. Past participants have flourished in their cohorts, and we channel this infectious energy toward building leadership and social skills that will serve them well in college and beyond. FLI tends to be an especially good fit for students interested in Ethics Bowl, Socratic Society, Model United Nations, debate, and similar activities.

Thanks to funding from RGSCP, all accepted applicants will receive full scholarships. Accepted participants will submit a deposit to hold their spot, and this will be returned at the completion of the camp.

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Learn More About RGSCP and Its Mission

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 partners 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.

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.