Content with Topics : Global Service Learning

Language Education and Community-based Global Learning

Stacey M. Johnson  A few weeks ago, I got to sit down with Eric Hartman and Richard Kiely to record an interview about their new book on community-based global learning for my podcast, We Teach Languages. As a language teacher, I was particularly interested in how Eric and Richard might connect the larger framework of community-based learning with the specific goals of language teaching.  Service learning and community engagement are big topics in language education, as one might imagine. In this blog post, I will explore some of the points of connection I drew between what I learned from Richard…

Community-based Global Learning – New Book from Hartman, Kiely, Boettcher, Friedrichs

The globasl network emerged to advance just, inclusive, and sustainable social change through community-campus partnerships. Many of the same people present at the co-founding of globalsl also fueled the development of Community-based global learning: The theory and practice of ethical engagement at home and abroad, just released by Stylus Press. You can find the introduction available as a free PDF on the publisher’s page. As lead author, I had the privilege and opportunity to write the acknowledgments, which I’m including below as well. I could not possibly give enough thanks to the individuals and communities that have inspired the formation…

This is not a moment to retreat: We must strengthen our commitment to Nicaragua

By Andy Gorvetzian I have been working at the Central American University (UCA) as Assistant to the President Father José (Chepe) Idiáquez, SJ, since November 2016. In this capacity, I have helped coordinate exchange and research projects between my alma mater Seattle University and the UCA as part of Seattle University’s Central America Initiative while also conducting research on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. The situation in Nicaragua feels like an attack on a second home. These months have been challenging since my body is here in the USA, but my heart is in Nicaragua. I left Nicaragua on April…

East Coast Institute: Community-based Global Learning & Critical Global Citizenship

Community-based Global Learning Institute Haverford College August 7 – 9, 2018 Register Drawing on 10 years of collaboration between and among Amizade, Cornell University, and The Globalsl Network, The 10th Annual institute will proceed through thematic focus on the relationship of engaged learning to categories of citizenship and inclusion, through variously contested spaces, in our current political moment. The Institute is for faculty, administrators, practitioners, community partners, and researchers who are interested in community-engaged learning, working across cultures and with awareness of global context, at home and abroad. It is uniquely designed to be collaborative, open, and participatory. Photo Credit:…

Global Citizenship in Place, For our Time: Community-based Global Learning Institute

Global Citizenship in Place, For our Time: Community-based Global Learning Institute University of San Diego June 13-15, 2018

GSL5: Case studies

Monday, April 16th 2:45 – 4:00 pm CS 25 | Stories of Solidarity: Interfaith Engagement with Detained Immigrants Christopher Tirres​, DePaul University and Ellen Underwood McKenna Hall- Room 210-214 CS27 | Where Faith Meets Justice: A Paradigm Shift in Community Engagement at Stonehill College MaryAnne Cappelleri, Stonehill College; Erica Stewart, Stonehill College McKenna Hall, Room 202 Monday, April 16th 4:15 – 5:30 pm CS 28 | Case Study | Goshen College’s Study-Service Term: 50 Years of Developing Vocations and Seeking Justice Keith Graber Miller​; Jan Bender Shetler​; Ryan ​Sensenig​ – all of Goshen College Morris Inn- Joyce Dining Room CS29…

Higher Education & Global Development – A Conversation at the Notre Dame Summit

In some sense ,“critical” development points to a tradition that is anti-hegemonic, questioning, and concerned about dominant forms of engagement with “development.” In another sense, “critical” development points to development that is most needed, that is vital – the kind of structural changes that lead to lives longer lived.   Individuals with roots in both of these approaches will be central to the initial evening conversation at GSL5: Dignity and Justice in Global Service-Learning. We will hear from Jennifer Lentfer, identified on her Twitter handle as “(re)sister of ahistorical or apolitical social change efforts,” Director of Communications for 1,000 Currents,…

A Preview: Putting Shared Values into Practice in University-Community Partnerships

Corey Portell and Emory Erker-Lynch, of Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute for Global Studies, are convening a panel of community partners, Margaret Amanyire​, Foundation for Sustainable Development, —Uganda; Julio Arze Balderrama​, Tukuy Pacha —Bolivia; Daniel Bryan​, Pachayasana—Ecuador; Ali Nyende,​ St. Francis Health Services—Uganda; Mauricio Ramirez​, Foundation for Sustainable Development—Bolivia; Gabriel Vargas​, Institute for Central American Development Studies—Costa Rica for the Global Service Learning Summit, to facilitate conversation around the work of aligning values and improving community outcomes in global service learning. Margaret Amanyire, third from left, poses with alums of the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) at a Northwestern Homecoming celebration….

Liberation theology en vivo: The foundation upon which a long-term partnership was built

By Nora Pillard Reynolds, Director of globalsl and a Fellow for Ethical Global Learning at the Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship For the last 16 years, I have worked regularly in rural Nicaragua. When I wrote my dissertation about a global service-learning (GSL) partnership between this community – Waslala, Nicaragua – and Villanova University I did not ground my research or writing in liberation theology. As I spent more time at GSL conferences and in the existing scholarship, I continually found myself trying to describe to friends and colleagues what was so special about this GSL partnership and…

Assessing global learning: Global Engagement Survey 2017

By Nora Pillard Reynolds Click here for PDF of the 2017 Global Engagement Survey Executive Summary  Click here for PDF of the full 2017 Global Engagement Survey Report The Global Engagement Survey (GES) is a multi-institutional assessment tool that employs quantitative and qualitative methods to better understand relationships among program variables and student learning, in respect to global learning goals identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U, 2014), with adaptations particularly relevant to community-engaged global learning . The GES therefore considers global learning in respect to the three components of global citizenship, cultural humility, and critical reflection….

Creating Global Citizens in the Classroom: Nobis Global Action Model

Christen Higgins Clougherty, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Nobis Project Education has the power to rekindle the connection between citizenry, ethics and empathy. Since our founding in 2008 we have been listening to the struggles teachers are facing in finding ways to make these connections and bring the world into their classrooms. Nobis Project is excited to announce the launch of our free ebook and accompanying workbook with lesson plans. Ebook – http://bit.ly/Nobis2018eBook Workbook – http://bit.ly/Nobis2018LessonPlans Our ebook outlines the benefits and step-by-step strategies for implementing globally focused projects in your classroom. This model can also be used…

Global citizenship, ignorance, and the power of travel

Sarah Stanlick, Lehigh University In late-December/early January, I had the honor and pleasure of accompanying our Global Citizenship Program students on their winter trip to Peru.  Each year, 23 students who have been selected through a highly-competitive application process travel together to what could be considered a “non-traditional” study abroad location.  The trip to Peru, the scope of our Global Citizenship Program, and recent “Presidential comments,” lead me to the topic of this post – what counts as “traditional” and why must we encourage and enable more young people to have “non-traditional” experiences? For many, when the topic of study…

Clear as day, hard to see: The way power blinds us to bad outcomes in international volunteering

Eric Hartman, Haverford College & globalsl  For more than twenty years, I’ve been working to promote GOOD community-engagement and partnership work, variously called service, service-learning, volunteering, and community-based learning. Since 2014, I’ve been part of two global networks, The GASP Working Group and the Better Volunteering, Better Care initiative, that specifically discourage two common types of volunteering: un-credentialed medical brigades and volunteering in orphanages. I’m going to briefly breakdown why these global networks of medical doctors, human rights lawyers, Save the Children and UNICEF fight these two types of volunteering. Then I’m going to share why it’s so hard for…

Exercise and Civic Engagement: 2 Podcasts that Deepen Thinking on Our Commitments to One Another

Eric Hartman, Haverford College & globalsl  Like many folks in professional roles, I often sit at a desk – yet I want to stay in shape. In November I upped my jogging and walking efforts in a monthly Fitbit competition that I have so far lost throughout the year. Several of the outcomes were wonderful: it forced me to identify meetings and calls that can be taken while walking (not all, but many); it got me outside more often with family members; and even though I moved in silence for several of those early morning hours, it led me through extended…

Pre-Summit Workshop: Global Service-Learning 101

Pre-Summit Workshop: Global Service-Learning 101 | April 14-15, 2018 | Center for Social Concerns, Geddes Hall, University of Notre Dame Overview GSL5 Pre-Summit Workshop on Global Service-Learning 101 will introduce participants to global service-learning (GSL) pedagogy with a focus on diverse, cross-cultural contexts through not exclusive to international settings. The pre-Summit workshop introduces current research in GSL student and community outcomes and provides participants the opportunity to design coursework and programs with explicit attention to sharing best practices, tools and resources in community-driven global service-learning. Individual participants and institutional teams will have the opportunity to workshop global service-learning coursework and programs, engage in deep collaboration,…

Continuing growth: GSL as a community of practice

By Cynthia Toms, Associate professor of Kinesiology at Westmont College Over the past twenty years, the GSL community has emerged as a movement with multiple identities and functions – a place of shared goals and best practices gathered in support of global learning and cooperative global development. However, as our Community of Practice (CoP) expands and evolves, we must begin to question where our boundaries lie – where does our shared community of practice and knowledge begin, and where does it end? What are the boundaries that separate and/or unite this movement from other movements such as international volunteering, study abroad,…

GSL 5: Sessions

5th Global Service-Learning Summit | April 15-17, 2018 |University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Pre-summit workshop: Global Service Learning 101 Richard Kiely (Cornell University), Nora Pillard Reynolds (Globalsl & Haverford College), Rachel Tomas-Morgan (University of Notre Dame) CS1 | Exploring Diversity and Dignity through a Boundary Crossing Experiential Assignment Jessica Friedrichs & Janice McCall (Carlow University) CS4 | Making the story, telling the story, and ethical representation through partnerships Daniel Bryan (Pachaysana Institute), Moises Garcia Guzman (Zapotec Community Language and Cultural Preservation); Eric Hartman (Haverford College), Brook Lillehaugen (Haverford College), Mary Kearney Brown (Haverford College), Kate Weiler (Haverford College)…

Best Practices in Global Health Experiential Learning

Jess Evert (Executive Director of Child Family Health International) & Nora P. Reynolds (Editor of globalsl & Fellow for Ethical Global Learning in the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College) Global Health is a pursuit based on achieving greater equity in health in all corners of the world through embrace of values and principles such as accountability, respect, sustainability, humility, and transparency.  Organizations and individuals facilitating experiential learning under the auspices of Global Health need to ensure programs both teach and embody these principles.  This takes intentionality and ongoing evaluation!  To help capacitate the global health education…

A 14 year journey: (Just a few of) my “take aways” building, sustaining, and transitioning a small NGO

By Nora Pillard Reynolds, Co-founder and outgoing Executive Director of Water for Waslala; Incoming Editor of globalsl When I was 21, I spent the two weeks after college graduation on a trip with friends in Waslala, Nicaragua. The trip led me to co-found Water for Waslala, which was acquired by WaterAid & El Porvenir on April 1, 2016.  In many ways, this story represents our collective aspirations for GSL – an experience that shaped a young person’s personal and professional paths, prolonged engagement with many individuals and organizations in Waslala over 14 years and counting, an opportunity for hundreds of…