CGEE Guest Speaker on Central America

Join CGEE in welcoming our newest instructor, Fernanda Soto Joya, PhD, to the Augsburg campus during International Education Week 2018! Fernanda will be discussing the current political situation in Guatemala & Nicaragua – two of Augsburg’s global study center locations.

The presentation “Social Change and Politics in Nicaragua and Guatemala” is an excellent opportunity for the Augsburg community to be updated on the current events in locations where Augsburg has a global presence, as well as meet CGEE’s newest instructor! Please join us from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the East Commons on Thursday, November 15th, and enjoy Central American coffee and thoughtful discussion. There will be time for socializing before and after the presentation. Continue reading “CGEE Guest Speaker on Central America”

Augsburg CGEE Represented at AAC&U Conference

Congratulations to Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, on her poster session presented at the American Academy of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Conference on  October 12, in Seattle, Washington. Her poster, “Migration: Local & Global Learning through Study Abroad” was featured.

 

Migration poster Cuernavaca to Minneapolis
Poster presentation on Migration from Cuernavaca to Minneapolis

CGEE On the Road

Will we be at your school fall 2018? Check out our traveler’s schedules below!

Want to make a one-on-one appointment with us while we are in your area? Email globaled@augsburg.edu with attention Lucy, add your school, and we’ll schedule your appointment!

 

List of schools, alphabetical by state. Some schools may not be listed; email us to inquire if you do not see your school listed.

School Numeric Date City State
Colorado College 9/7 Colorado Springs CO
Wesleyan University 10/1 Middletown CT
Butler University 10/4 Indianapolis IN
Valparaiso University 8/29 Valparaiso IN
Wabash College 9/25 Crawfordsville IN
Berea College 11/15 Berea KY
Amherst College 10/2 Amherst MA
Clark University 10/3 Worcester MA
Williams College 9/21 Williamstown MA
McDaniel College 9/6 Westminster MD
Bates College 9/26 Lewiston ME
Bowdoin College 9/26 Brunswick ME
Carleton College 9/26 Northfield MN
St. Olaf College 9/26 Northfield MN
University of St. Thomas 9/20 St. Paul MN
Fordham University 9/6 New York NY
Siena College 9/26 Albany NY
Capital University 10/1 Bexley OH
Denison University 9/26 Granville OH
Oberlin College 9/20 Oberlin OH
Carnegie Mellon University 9/14 Pittsburgh PA
Cedar Crest College 9/5 Allentown PA
Chatham University 9/13 Pittsburgh PA
Lafayette College 9/5 Easton PA
Saint Joseph’s University 9/13 Philadelphia PA
Swarthmore College 10/8 Swarthmore PA
Providence College 9/24 Providence RI
Southwestern University 9/18 Georgetown TX
Texas Lutheran University 9/20 Seguin TX
Trinity University 9/17 San Antonio TX
Seattle University 10/9 Seattle WA
Evergreen State College 11/14 Olympia WA
University of Puget Sound 9/18 Tacoma WA

 

Update from Guatemala

The El Fuego Volcano in Guatemala erupted this past weekend causing 70+ fatalities and missing persons, damage to towns near the volcano, and the closing of highways and the international airport (now reopened) in Guatemala City.  See recent updates as of June 6.

CGEE programs and staff were not impacted by the eruption. There were no programs running at the time, and our program base is in Quetzaltenago (Xela) which is located over 100 miles from El Fuego.

INGUAT (The Guatemalan Institute of Tourism) made the following statement: “All of the major tourist destinations – such as Tikal National Park, the Semuc Champey Natural Monument, Lake Atitlan, Quetzaltenango,and the Pacaya Volcano, among others – are fully operational and are not under any restrictions….”

Augsburg University’s Center for Global Education & Experience stands in solidarity with those impacted by this tragedy. PBS has compiled a short list of organizations taking donations for the aid of the local people affected.

 

April 2018 Update: Nicaragua

April 2018 Update: Nicaragua

Despite emerging indications that the government of Nicaragua may work out a peaceful resolution to the civil unrest affecting the country, we have decided to err on the side of caution and end our semester program early. Students have returned to the United States.  We are working with our faculty to develop a plan that will allow students to finish the remaining three weeks of classes from the Nicaragua segment of the program through virtual means.

For organizations with planned custom short-term May programs to Nicaragua, we are discussing possibilities for each on a case by case basis.

While it is entirely possible that the situation in Nicaragua will improve later this week or next, making the decision to end the program early seem unnecessary, student safety—our top priority—requires us to favor current information over speculation.

For questions please contact globaled@augsburg.edu

Update (Evening of Sunday April 22)

President Ortega has held a press conference announcing the revocation of the social security increase that triggered the street protests, and has invited the business sector and the church to a dialogue. We are not clear if this will be enough to unwind the protests in the coming days, but we are optimistic that the dialogue will bear fruit within a few weeks, restoring calm over the summer.

Update (Morning of Tuesday April 24)

Semester students all confirmed at their gates at the airport, awaiting flights home. Mark Lester, Site Director for CGEE Central America, is with them until all have safely left the country.

CGEE staff and their families remain safe and accounted for.

CGEE Pride Award Recipients

Pride Award for CGEE on rainbow paperWe are happy to announce that the Center for Global Education and Experience was selected as one of the recipients of the 2017-2018 Augsburg Pride Award!

This award is given annually to a staff, faculty, department, and/or student organization at Augsburg that has shown a commitment to advocacy, visibility, equity, and justice for LGBTQIA+ individuals at Augsburg, and in our case, at all of our locations around that world that serve students and participants from multiple institutions!

The nomination was anonymous. It described CCGE’s efforts to train its employees to be culturally competent in working with LGBTQIA+ communities. It also discussed CGEE’s efforts across its programming to provide equitable accommodations to LGBTQIA+ students and incorporate issues of gender and sexual justice in curricular and co-curricular programs.
Thank you for the recognition from Augsburg and our anonymous nominator!

Congratulations to Dr. Lamont Slater

Lamont Slater

 

Congratulations to Dr. Lamont Slater on completing his Ph.D. in History!

On April 6th, 2018, Doctoral candidate Lamont Slater successfully defended his dissertation, “Reframing the Herero/Nama Genocide: An Examination of the Genocide Through the Theories of Foucault and Athens” at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.

Dr. Lamont Slater is an instructor and program coordinator at Augsburg CGEE’s Study Center in Namibia and teaches the course “The Politics of Development in Southern Africa.” He joined Augsburg CGEE in 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Lamont Slater!

 

Now Hiring: Instructor and Project Coordinator

Augsburg University invites applications for the position of Instructor and Project Coordinator for its program in Nicaragua with a proposed start date in May 2018. This position combines teaching and providing support to students from various universities in the US, with field work overseeing rural projects in an alliance with the Winds of Peace Foundation (WPF), based in Managua, Nicaragua.

The Instructor responsibilities involve working with the Director and Central America team to maintain and expand quality programming for Augsburg University, principally by teaching in its Social Change and Community Engagement Semester program and the Xavier University semester program in Nicaragua.

The Project Coordinator responsibilities involve working with a WPF team doing grassroots research and action in support of territorial development. The specific focus will be to provide oversight and follow-up on projects involving indigenous peoples and rural women in Nicaragua.

The combination of the two responsibilities is to promote the internationalization of Augsburg University, and other US universities, by facilitating mutual learning with rural communities in Nicaragua, and then jointly working on the issues that affect them. Current efforts the Nicaragua team is working on include a relationship with the Mathematics Department to calculate impact on the forest of a coffee cooperative on carbon capturing; WPF financing to allow six Augsburg faculty to explore connection between their teaching and rural communities in Nicaragua; and building a video library of local resource people in Nicaragua on topics of interest to the US classroom.

The Instructor and Project Coordinator must be able to work effectively with other members of the Central America team, the WPF team, as well as the different offices of Augsburg University to meet the financial and strategic goals of Augsburg University.  She/He must be an excellent collaborator, both in the classroom and with the rural populations.

 

Required Skills

A Master’s degree in a related field and fluent in both English and Spanish, experience in Spanish-English/English-Spanish translation and interpretation.

Desirable: Doctorate in relevant field. Experience in project identification and management, ability to analyze basic financial information, including income and expense and balance statements. Experience in relating to peasants and understanding of gender dynamics in rural Nicaragua.

Required Experience

Candidates should also provide evidence of intercultural competence and effective leadership in international and diverse settings. Excellent communication and organizational skills are essential. Experience teaching on the university level is also preferred.

Augsburg University Set in a vibrant, diverse urban neighborhood and centered on student success, Augsburg is deeply committed to civic engagement, experiential learning, undergraduate research, and global education.  The University embraces a distinctive vision of global learning rooted in cross-cultural understanding, social justice, environmental stewardship, and critical thinking.

How to apply Send a cover letter and resume in pdf format to lester@augsburg.edu Deadline for receiving applications is March 15, 2018.

Meet Our New International Resident Assistant Sophie

Sophie is from Queens, NY, and joined CGEE after completing a fellowship in Mendoza, Argentina. As a 100 Projects for Peace Fellow with the Kathryn W. Davis Foundation, she designed and implemented an orientation program for study abroad students in Mendoza to help foster intercultural friendships which she believe is central to fostering deep engagement in local culture. Before moving to Argentina, Sophie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Amherst College. She is passionate about helping individuals create community in spaces that initially seem unfamiliar. This led her to found an organization for first generation college students at Amherst and then develop a program for students abroad. She is excited to get to the know the many diverse communities in Mexico and work alongside a wonderful group of colleagues.

Welcome Sophie!

Profile Photo of a Young Woman
Meet our new IRA in Mexico, Sophie!

Retirement Celebration for Kathy McBride

Please join the campus community in congratulating Kathy McBride on her 30  years of service to Augsburg University! Kathy is the Regional Co-Director of the Central America program for the Center for Global Education and Experience. In her time with Augsburg, Kathy has taught countless students from Augsburg and around the country on the Central America semester program as well as individuals learning about the region via short-term educational seminars. In addition to her service to Augsburg, all four of her children attended Augsburg, and two of them married fellow Auggies!

In all her work at Augsburg, Kathy has lead with a critical eye and a generous  heart, always holding her students and Augsburg to the highest standard. Kathy is a caring colleague whose impact on Augsburg and its’ legacy is far reaching.

Kathy will be on campus next week, so we will celebrate her in person! Students, staff, faculty and administrators are welcome.

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time: 3-4:30 pm

Location: Christensen Center, East Commons. 

cake and coffee will be served.