Content with Topics : Engaged Curriculum

Review Essay — Alternative Breaks: From the Margins to the Mainstream

Cynthia Toms Westmont College Working Side by Side: Creating Alternative Breaks as Catalysts for Global Learning, Student Leadership, and Social Change Shoshanna Sumka, Melody C. Porter, and Jill Piacitelli Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2015 Check out the full review here. In case you missed it: Richard Kiely & Eric Hartman’s Introduction: Special Section on Global Service-Learning – Reflexivity in Research: Reflecting on the Borders and Boundaries of the GSL Field Emily Morrison’s How the I Shapes the Eye: The Imperative of Reflexivity in Global Service-Learning Qualitative Research Nora Reynolds’s review of Crossing Boundaries: Tension and Transformation in International Service-Learning Many thanks to Michigan…

Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Newman Civic Fellows

The nomination period for Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellows Award, which recognizes community-involved student leaders, is now open!Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are encouraged to nominate a student for this special recognition.The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the civic engagement of higher education. You can learn more about the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows here.In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, we are seeking nominations of undergraduate or graduate students who are proven leaders with both the motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public…

Review Essay — A Push to Explore and Learn from Discomfort in ISL

Nora Pillard Reynolds Water for Waslala, Temple University Crossing Boundaries: Tension and Transformation in International Service-Learning Patrick M. Green and Mathew Johnson, Editors Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2014 Check out the full review here. Later this week we’ll share: Cynthia Toms’s review of Working Side by Side: Creating Alternative Breaks as Catalysts for Global Learning, Student Leadership, and Social Change In case you missed it: Richard Kiely & Eric Hartman’s Introduction: Special Section on Global Service-Learning – Reflexivity in Research: Reflecting on the Borders and Boundaries of the GSL Field Emily Morrison’s How the I Shapes the Eye: The Imperative of Reflexivity in…

How the I Shapes the Eye: The Imperative of Reflexivity in Global Service-Learning Qualitative Research

Emily Morrison The George Washington University While literature on research methods abounds, little attention has been given to understanding how qualitative researchers and their approaches to research (i.e., the researcher’s stance) shape what we know about global service-learning (GSL) and how we come to know what we know about GSL. Researchers often uncritically adopt a particular research method without understanding its theoretical underpinnings and assumptions (Mauthner & Doucet, 2003). This is problematic when we consider how communities, learning, resources, and knowledge may be affected by the processes and outcomes of our inquiries, especially when working across cultures. This article explores…

Introduction: Special Section on Global Service-Learning – Reflexivity in Research: Reflecting on the Borders and Boundaries of the GSL Field

Many thanks to the Editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Jeffrey Howard, who has allowed globalsl to share articles from the Fall 2015 Special Section on Global Service-Learning. This week, we’ll release all of the articles, beginning with Richard Kiely and Eric Hartman’s Introduction, today. Click the link below for the full article, and please share your comments, questions, or ideas for future directions in the comment space that follows! Introduction: Special Section on Global Service-Learning – Reflexivity in Research: Reflecting on the Borders and Boundaries of the GSL Field As the week unfolds we’ll also share:…

Coca-Colonization and Christmas Cheer in Mexico

Editor’s Note: This guest post is a strong reminder of the economic, social, cultural, and even ontological complexity of cross-cultural cooperation, whether in the context of development, international volunteering, or global service-learning. The post was sparked by a Coca Cola advertisement in Mexico. The company has pulled the ad following considerable critique in Mexico and around the world. In addition to surfacing the complex questions at the heart of idealized cross-cultural cooperation, the ad also serves as a reminder that within-country, domestic cross-cultural efforts often have all of the features of international development or international service-learning partnerships.   Jordan Thomas,…

4th ISL Summit: Scholarships for Community Members, Students, Individuals from the Global South

The Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University is pleased to announce that it will offer 30 registration fee scholarships for attendance at the 4th International Service-Learning Summit. The scholarships are offered through the Staley School’s commitments to inclusive leadership and the ethos captured at its August 2015 Leading Change Institute: Ethical Global Partnerships, Learning, and Service. Scholarships are intended for community members, students, and individuals from the Global South who present with academics from the Global North. Preference for scholarships will be given to individuals who (a) are accepted to present conference sessions or case studies and…

Cultural Collaboration Trainings with Host Community Members: Lessons Learned in Colombia

Caitlin Ferrarini As the Field Director for WorldTeach in Colombia, I will spend about fifty days this year facilitating trainings for international volunteers who teach English and live with a host family in communities across the country. Like many thoughtful international volunteer organizations, our program includes an orientation, mid-service, and end-of-service conference for volunteers. These trainings include practical topics like safety and English teaching preparation, but also dedicate significant time to cultural preparation and self-reflection. We believe that this kind of programming helps volunteers to be more successful in co-teaching alongside a Colombian English teacher and living with a host…

Good and Bad Representations of Cooperative Development: The Golden Radiator Awards

Ethical global partnership standards, such as fair trade learning, frequently include attention to representation in partnerships. For educators working with international volunteering, global service-learning, or other forms of global engagement, recruitment materials are the first opportunity to deliberately shape program experience in a manner  that emphasizes strengths and dignity in host communities. For several years, Norway-based Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund has organized the Rusty Radiator and Golden Radiator Awards. It’s an awards series emphasizing the best and worst in international development campaigns. Educators interested in global engagement can benefit from the insights in the awards process, and teaching opportunities…

Why Volunteering in Orphanages is Always a Problem: From Child Protection Professionals around the World

At World Travel Market 2015, several panels focused on responsible tourism, including efforts to end human trafficking and child abuse connected with the international travel sector. The presentations from Rebecca Smith from Save the Children UK and Emmanuelle Werner from Friends International are particularly instructive for anyone working with international volunteering and service learning. The video below begins with Smith’s presentation, which is followed immediately by Werner’s. The other presentations, questions, and discussion are also quite valuable. https://youtu.be/NDKxLzO81s8?list=PLhVZKgyRW42vz29bVZyY1iXF8FXqX8h5u&t=1881 For more resources related to this issue, including brief videos and documentaries, visit the Better Volunteering, Better Care Initiative, of which globalsl is…

What's in a name? Global learning at an international conference

Eric Hartman  Numerous higher education associations and scholars based in the US have been moving away from international lenses on the world and toward global and intercultural ways of thinking. Specific examples are excerpted below, followed by a link to international, global, cross-cultural, and non-US service-learning and civic engagement presentations that will be delivered at the 2015 International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference. For context, here’s a recent summary of movement toward global learning and civic engagement that is inclusive of local context: The leading national association concerned with the undergraduate liberal education experience, the Association of…

First, Do No Harm: A Global Health Documentary

This documentary explores the ethics of global health clinical electives and volunteer projects in developing regions. It features interviews from experts and global health providers from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. It is intended for use in Pre-Departure Training for students and volunteers intending to participate in overseas projects. Many thanks to Alyson and Timothy Holland for creating this important film. First, Do No Harm: A Qualitative Research Documentary from Tim Holland on Vimeo.

Globalization, Music, & Joy – Five Surprising Musical Innovations

1. With ‘Stereotypes,’ A Duo Raised On Hip-Hop And Classical Has It Both Ways https://youtu.be/WYerKidQGcc 2. How a 14-year-old girl is making Quechua cool in Peru — with music and lyrics from Michael Jackson https://youtu.be/BvT9y0HqItE 3. These Mexican sisters give Metallica a run for their money https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1boUYB9LFJY 4. Brazilian Twins follow classical music dream 5. And the classic Stand by Me from Playing for Change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfWRdePF9pk

Going to the Action: Stay Home and Generation Abroad

After strong interest and participation in globalsl.org’s first webinar on September 2nd, another group convened for the second in the series on October 16th titled Going to the Action: Stay Home and Generation Abroad. In addition to the full version of the webinar other great resources were shared through the chat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX8bSixgfrA&feature=em-upload_owner The panelists responded to the documentary “Help your Own Country” and considered dimensions of engaging locally and abroad. The conversation addressed the loss of not moving beyond our cultural context while also embracing the connection that learning abroad has with understanding local challenges. For example, Cynthia Toms shares an example of…

Campus Compact Announces Grant Recipients for Civic Learning and Student Success Civic Partnership Initiative

A consortium of four organizations—Campus Compact, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), Education Commission of the States (ECS), and Generation Citizen—have selected nine institutions to receive grants and participate in an initiative to advance civic learning and student success across the education continuum.“The National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement at Education Commission of the States is pleased to take part in this important work with three peer organizations and participating teams from across the country,” said Paul J. Baumann, Director of the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement. “One of ECS’ core functions is to provide…

Civic Learning and Student Success Civic Partnership Initiative

A consortium of four organizations—Campus Compact, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), Education Commission of the States (ECS), and Generation Citizen—have selected eight institutions to receive grants to participate in an initiative to advance civic learning and student success across the education continuum. The initiative is grounded in the understanding that civic learning is both intrinsically important and is a powerful way to deepen students’ engagement in their own education, thereby promoting their overall success. The initiative is a team-based approach designed to support local education partnerships through an Action Summit and complementary learning communities. To enable participation…

Considering Critical Reflection

By Richard Kiely, Ph.D., Cornell University This essay was initiated by a series of conversations related to the question, what happens when one combines the concept of “critical” with reflection. The answer to that question is not straightforward. There are many distinct traditions informing the “critical” in critical reflection, each of which contain a unique epistemology, purpose, set of values, methods, concepts, and foci. Further, some of these traditions conflict with each other in meaningful ways (Brookfield, 2005). For example, through Stephen Brookfield’s decades of work, he describes four intellectual traditions that inform the use of “critical” in educational theory and…

Conversational Webinar with Global Service-Learning Researchers, Practitioners, Friday, Oct 16

globalsl is continuing its Fall 2015 Webinar Series with a conversational opportunity among global service-learning thinkers and practitioners. Feedback from our last webinar suggested it was well-received, and that people would like to see more, at varying levels. This upcoming webinar continues our commitment to opening up an online, discursive space. This particular opportunity is not intended as instructional or entry level, but rather as a place to reflect on meaning and consider foundational questions in the field together. Please register now, here or below, to be part of the conversation. You will receive sign-in information on Thursday, October 15, in preparation…

To Witness with White Eyes: A Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me.

By Andrew J. Pierce, Ph.D., Sacred Heart University Who is the intended audience of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ provocative, haunting, and darkly beautiful reflections on race in Between the World and Me? In one sense, the answer is obvious. The book is written in the form of a letter to Coates’ son, a child of 15, roughly the same age as the ever-increasing number of black children whose blood is spilt daily across the back alleys of American cities and, increasingly, across the front pages of American newspapers. In another sense, the answer is more complex. On the one hand, the book…

Global Service-Learning Workshop at Sacred Heart University, with Connecticut Campus Compact

By Eric Hartman  Many thanks to Sacred Heart University and Connecticut Campus Compact for supporting a recent global service-learning faculty and staff development workshop. We focused on: Fundamentals of global service-learning Employing reflection models across immersive service-learning experiences to deepen students’ intercultural learning Ethical global partnerships through fair trade learning See here for overarching GSL presentation on points above, as well as further explanation in respect to employing the culture pie exercise in conjunction with a This American Life episode Most existing fair trade learning resources are compiled here  Cultivation of global citizenship and participation in global civil society See here…