On Friday, September 25, 2020, Jackline Oluoch Aridi, Martin Punaks, and Dr. Balu Balasubramaniam presented What NOT to Restart, and Opportunities Moving Forward: Global Engagement Post-COVID. This event was part of the Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship's 20th anniversary series. Since the turn of the last century, higher education institutions have been touting global engagement and global experiences as important institutional offerings that build 21st Century skills. As the COVID-19 pandemic slows international trade and travel around the world, global educators must pause to ask: What have we learned and what should we avoid moving forward? Finally, how might we build better structures and programs toward the communities and the world we aim to co-construct in the years to come? Panelists included:
- Jackline Oluoch Aridi, East Africa Regional Research Program Manager, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
- Dr. Balu Balasubramaniam, Medical Doctor, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell, Harvard, and other Universities; Founder, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement
- Martin Punaks, International Development and Child Protection Consultant
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- Institutions and organizations are invited to sign the institutional commitment to advancing ethical, critical, aspirationally decolonial community-based learning and research for more just, inclusive, and sustainable communities.