"I grew to understand that service is not only a way to benefit a community in need, but also to develop immensely powerful character traits and a renewed passion for the things that matter most in life."
Global Service Initiative
Part philanthropy, part service, GSI builds global communities and better men.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The January 2021 Global Service Initiative trip has been canceled. This decision was based on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Fraternity’s responsibility to ensure that the GSI does not contribute to spread of the virus, and the impracticality of holding the GSI at this time. It is still our hope that the May and June 2021 trips can proceed as usual.
The Global Service Initiative (GSI) serves a duel role for Delta Upsilon: our international philanthropy and an international service project.
DU believes in creating a fraternity for the modern college student. This includes preparing them for success in an ever changing and growing global environment by developing global awareness and cultural competencies. Recent studies indicate that employers are seeking people who have experience with cultural diversity in America and other countries. GSI allows our members to gain that experience while helping others. And after all, Diffusion of Liberal Culture is one of our Four Founding Principles.
Since 2011, DU and GSI have taken students to Jamaica for a service immersion trip where they are engaged in direct, hands-on service. Each day of the seven-day trip includes a reflection designed to help participants explore how they have been impacted and influenced by the experience, as well as how their work relates to each of DU’s Principles. Jamaica was chosen because of existing relationships with the local government that help connect DU to local schools and engage in the local culture.
Service projects vary from year to year. The GSI offers you an opportunity to explore a new culture, put our values into action and build connections that will last a lifetime.
While in Negril, Jamaica, GSI participants immerse themselves in the culture, interact with locals, provide manual labor for various construction projects, and participate in daily discussion facilitated by trained DU staff. These discussions center on global competencies and connecting the GSI experience to personal and DU values.
To help fund the GSI experience, each DU chapter is asked to raise money for the program. Philanthropy events such as chili dinners, car shows, bowl-a-thons, haunted houses and more raise money for various GSI expenses. These expenses include building materials, cement, lumber and tools, as well as pay for local laborers.
Our chapters collectively raise and donate approximately $100,000 to GSI each year.
2021 GSI TRIPS
The January 2021 Global Service Initiative trip has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fraternity will continue to monitor the pandemic, travel restrictions and our responsibility to ensure safe trips for our participants and the Jamaican community.
Want to learn more about GSI and see what the experience is like? Here are some helpful resources.