Global Outreach (GO!) Forum

Vikram PatelThis spring Austin College will welcome Dr. Vikram Patel to campus and to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas to receive the 2017 Austin College Posey Leadership Award.


Patel, a psychiatrist, researcher, and teacher renowned for his work in creating access to public mental health, has demonstrated profound servant leadership through his research and leadership in providing innovative ways to extend mental health solutions in low-resourced areas around the world.


He founded the Centre for Global Mental Health in London and is currently director of the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions in New Delhi, India, helping to improve access to mental health treatments by:

  • Fostering research to improve treatment for people with mental disorders
  • Developing ways to make public mental healthcare accessible globally
  • Engaging policy makers and medical practitioners to promote effective policies

Patel strives to develop and evaluate psychological treatments for mental health problems that can be delivered by non-specialized health workers in routine health care or educational settings. He has published over two hundred and fifty articles in peer reviewed journals and several books including Where There Is No Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manual (2003) which has been translated into a dozen languages and is used by community healthcare workers worldwide.


MARCH 28, 2017 - At 11:00 a.m., Patel will give a lecture at a college-wide Convocation in Wynne Chapel on the Austin College campus in Sherman. The lecture is free and open to the public.

MARCH 29, 2017 - Patel will receive this year’s Posey Leadership Award at 7:30 p.m. during the Austin College Global Outreach (GO!) Forum at the Perot Museum in Dallas. Tickets for the Dallas event, starting at $50, will be available in early February. VIP tickets, which include the lecture and entry to a 6:00 p.m. cocktail reception with Patel, are $150.


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Global Outreach Fellowships

Each Global Outreach Fellowship is intended to provide meaningful and potentially life-changing experiences for a select group of Austin College students while benefiting the communities around the world. From teaching in impoverished areas, working on development programs in Africa, or starting a program of their own, the opportunities are limitless.


Fellowship Program
The 10 to 15 Austin College students selected annually as Global Outreach Fellows receive Global Outreach Fellowships to support their project and/or participation in an internship that fosters engagement with community development issues while providing a meaningful appreciation of both the possibilities and the obstacles in leading effective change in these areas. Fellowships awarded to Austin College students are specifically meant to support servant leadership opportunities and are not meant to support “for-profit” internships and/or opportunities.