Friday, March 8, 2013

Deadline Extension and Conference Announcement

There is still time! Apply before April 1 for summer 2013

The Global Engagement Studies Institute at Northwestern University is filling up quickly, but students still have a chance to join us this summer.  Undergraduates who are passionate about creating positive social change, who are eager to gain professional skills abroad, and who are ready for a rigorous academic experience should apply now to our sites in Bolivia, Dominican Republic & Haiti, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Uganda.  The absolute final deadline is April 1st.  Please share this flier with any students you think would be interested in and make a strong contribution to the program, or encourage them to visit our website.

You're invited - International Service Learning Summit: Building a Community of Practice

This summit will build on the success of the International Service and Higher Education conference held at Washington University in St. Louis in 2011.  We look forward to hosting a gathering that builds a community of practice among international service learning facilitators by inviting constructive examination of our work and engaging in critical conversations about our impact in communities abroad.  We hope you'll plan to join us at Northwestern from October 23-25, 2013, as we continue to explore the most cutting-edge trends, as well as the biggest opportunities and challenges in higher education related to global/service learning.

Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, Northwestern University
Center for Global Engagement, Northwestern University
Center for Social Development and Gephardt Institute for Public Service, Washington University in St. Louis
In collaboration with the Building Bridges Coalition

For more information, and to be added to the summit listserv for updates and registration announcements, please email Patrick Eccles.

Meet our faculty and staff at NAFSA in St. Louis, and the Forum in Chicago

We're looking forward to several upcoming conference presentations this spring, and we would love to see you there to hear your thoughts on the topics at hand.

The Forum's 9th Annual Conference - Moving Beyond It Was Great: Student Learning and Development in Education Abroad
April 3-5 in Chicago, Illinois

Community Impact, Transparency, Sound Pedagogy: Advancing Best Practices in Global Service-Learning
Part of the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards of Good Practice Institute
April 3, 10:30-12pm
This presentation represents growing nongovernmental and community development organizations' effort to articulate fair trade learning as a way to model best practices and evaluation in university-community global partnership. It will build upon insights of existing community organizations' successes and concerns, as well as the existing research literature in service-learning, to move forward dialogue about partnership and community impact best practices.
Eric Hartman, Providence College
Richard Kiely, Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research
Eusau Laguerre, Manna International
Brandon Blache-Cohen, Amizade Global Service-Learning
Katherine Conway-Turner, Hood College
Madeline Yates, Maryland-DC Campus Compact
Brian Hanson, Northwestern University

2013 NAFSA Annual Conference: Ideas and Impact in International Education
May 26-31 in St. Louis, Missouri

Enhancing Reciprocal Competencies Between Students and Community Partners: From Direct Service to Capacity Building
Work, Internship, and Volunteer Abroad Poster Fair, May 29, 8:30-10am
Stop by this poster session to explore with GESI staff how to move from programs focusing on direct service abroad to programs that immerse students in the process of engaging with and building local communities, while enhancing the skills and competencies of both local partners and students.
Paul Arntson, Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University
Patrick Eccles, Center for Global Engagement, Northwestern University
Meghan Ozaroski, Center for Global Engagement, Northwestern University

Ethical Challenges and Guidelines for Interning and Volunteering Abroad in Developing Nations
May 29, 2:45-3:45pm
The positive potential of international internships and volunteer placements, and the partnerships they stem from, is accompanied by significant ethical challenges.  Placements in developing countries with entrenched value sets, cultural histories, and limited resources carry particular challenges for students engaged in work, internships, and volunteering abroad.  Universities, mentors, and program providers will benefit from this discussion.
Paul Arntson, Northwestern University
Mireille Cronin-Mather, Foundation for Sustainable Development
Jessica Evert, Children Family Health Institute
William Nolting, University of Michigan

Don't forget - if you think your students would be interested in on-the-ground community development work, please forward them this flier and encourage them to check out our website.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Reply to this email or call me at 847.491.5932.


Meghan Ozaroski
Program Manager
Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)
Northwestern University

Workshop in India Photo

Thanks for reading, and we'll be in touch again with updates from our project sites this summer.

GESI Calendar

Final Application Deadline
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 1. Spaces are filling quickly, so students should apply today!

GESI begins!
All students arrive in Chicago for the start of pre-departure coursework

Group flights depart
GESI teams fly to their sites in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Uganda

Final Reflection Summit
GESI students regroup in Chicago to share their work and reflect on their projects

Conclusion of GESI 2013
Students return home and begin turning their GESI summer into a lifetime of global engagement

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Center for Global Engagement
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Evanston, IL 60208

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