CGEE Staff Biography – Peggy Johnson

Peggy Johnson joined the Center for Global Education and Experience as the Associate Director for Customized Programs in 2017. Peggy has been working in the field of international education and development for 15+ years and she is excited to join the CGEE team.  Her past experience includes working on education abroad programs for St. Cloud State University and also for World Learning/SIT Study Abroad, an education abroad provider that delivers experiential cross-cultural programs.  Peggy also worked for seven years in Tanzania and the Sudan with the Mennonite Central Committee, a relief, service and peace agency supported by the Mennonite Church in North America.

“I am excited to be at Augsburg,” Peggy said.  “Now more than ever our world needs the type of educational programming that CGEE provides its participants—programs that foster cross-cultural understanding and enable us to see one another as one human family, living together on one globe.”

Speaking of Sabbaticals with Jeanine Gregoire

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning has partnered with the Center for Global Education and Experience to bring to Augsburg faculty and staff, “Speaking of Sabbaticals with Jeanine Gregoire”. Her topic will be “Immigration, Migration and More:  A yearlong journey to develop an Education semester abroad program in Mexico.”

You can find out more, and RSVP to the luncheon on CTL’s website. Friday, March 24th, 11:30-12:30pm, Marshall Room (spots limited; RSVP required).

CGEE study center in Mexico
Our campus in Mexico!

 

CGEE Statement on Recent Executive Orders

The Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) is committed to global education and intercultural experiences. The Center greatly values diversity of peoples and exchanges of culture that expand our appreciation and deepen our understanding of one another.

We have been committed to teaching and living the values of equity and inclusion and hospitality and social justice for more than 30 years and recent executive orders from U.S. President Donald J. Trump will not cause us to falter in that commitment.  While we are encouraged by the recent legal actions to these orders, we will continue to be engaged and vigilant.

Continue reading “CGEE Statement on Recent Executive Orders”

Meeting Family in Guatemala: An Alumni Story

This blog post was originally presented to CGEE staff as a thank you letter. We were very touched by Stephanie’s experience, and wanted to share with others. Posted here with permission from the author, Stephanie Gonzales-Pérez. The words have not been altered in any way.


Hello,

I wanted to take the time to extend my gratitude through this letter. I am a recent alum of the CGEE Central America Program of Spring 2016. The program itself was truly life changing and as cliché as that may sound there are no other words to better describe it.

The mission of your programs is to give us another lens and to decolonize our minds which is a prime reason why I was interested in the program. Along with the constant recommendation from my study abroad advisor, Ann Butwell. Which is why I want to thank Berea College and Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience because without all your help this would not have been possible. I was hesitant at first because of the cost, but both institutions provided me with scholarships that reduced the cost to nearly nothing.

Aside from how perfect the program already was due to my passion for social justice I was also drawn in because the program went to Guatemala specifically to Quetzaltenango, or also known as Xela, which is where my maternal grandmother lives. I had told my family about my trip and they were beyond ecstatic to finally meet in person after only having contact through letters, phone calls and Skype my entire life. I will be honest I had originally planned to go in the spring of 2015, but I felt guilty going and backed out because my mother has not seen my grandmother for over 25 years and it didn’t feel right to go before she did. My mother had the chance to return home; however, she made the ultimate sacrifice when I was 10 and that was not to move back to Guatemala with my father. She knew that the United States could provide us with more opportunities than her own country could. Continue reading “Meeting Family in Guatemala: An Alumni Story”

Cuernavaca Corner: Our Favorite Cafes

 

Coffee shop sign

With a cup of coffee in your hand just about anything is possible! You can finish an assignment, have a great conversation or get through a tough chapter in your book… or your life! So here is the inside look on our top three favorite Cafés in Cuernavaca.

Bons Café

On one of the quaint paved streets near the cathedral in Cuernavaca lays Bons Café. Bons Café has a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. There is ample seating in indoor, outdoor and second story areas. They have a complete breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and have a varied selection of drinks. We recommend the capuchino nevado (a cappuccino with a scoop of ice cream), iced chai, and for those of us who has a sweet tooth, the oreo frappe. Continue reading “Cuernavaca Corner: Our Favorite Cafes”

International Education Week 2016

This week, November 14-18, is International Education Week.  This is a national celebration happening at schools across the US, and beyond.

Augsburg International Student Organization is holding a number of events this week that you are invited to attend:

Monday: International Showcase 10am-2pm in Christensen Lobby
International Auggies will be showcasing their home countries. Stop by to learn more about the diverse countries Auggies call home:

  • Togo
  • China
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Tanzania
  • U.K
  • Vietnam
  • Palestine
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • France
  • Lebanon
  • Sweden
  • Suriname
  • Uganda
  • Spain

Tuesday – Study Abroad Tabling in Christensen 11am-1pm
Do you want to go abroad? We’ll have information about short-term programs coming up this summer, and how you can get started with study abroad.

Wednesday: Game Night
6-8 pm in the Christensen Student Lounge
Test your trivia skills in International Jeopardy!

Thursday: International Coffee Hour with student presentation
4-5pm Marshall Room–Coffee and snacks provided!
Malek will present Lebanon and his home school, American University of Beirut

Friday: International Dance Party
7 to 11 pm in East Commons

All Week: International Dishes in the Cafeteria!

CGEE Faculty Present at National Conference

Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, Director of CGEE Mexico, will be presenting at the Annual CIEE Conference in Los Angeles, CA. The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is a nonprofit leader in the field of Study Abroad and Intercultural Exchange.

On Friday, November 18th, Ann will be co-presenting on, “Intercultural Faculty Training for the Development of Innovative Global Initiatives.”  From the conference website:

During this session, we’ll explore resources and frameworks that allow participants to identify the specific needs of their home campuses in relation to implementing intercultural and diversity initiatives. Intercultural competence has an impact on educators’ daily duties and projects, allowing them to bridge the cultural differences present on campuses and in education abroad programs. This type of competence helps to develop innovative initiatives and to align with global learning outcomes and goals. Furthermore, intercultural competence fosters reflection and creativity with the aim of developing thoughtful and distinctive new projects. Panelists will present models for intercultural training, lead discussions on best practices in this area, examine projects developed as a result of intercultural training, and review intercultural tools that can help when implementing new programs.

Congratulations to Ann on being chosen to present at this National Conference!

Students sitting outside along balcony
Ann Lutterman Aguilar leads students in reflection; Cuernavaca, Mexico

CGEE Represented at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Joe Connelly, consultant and frequent leader of Customized Programs for the Center for Global Education and Experience in Nicaragua, will be presenting at the Annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, in Washington, D.C.

On Saturday, November 12th, Joe will be co-presenting on, “Beyond the Break: Moving to Action and Advocacy”. From IFTJ’s website:

Did you have an amazing experience on an Immersion Trip over a break but aren’t sure what to do with that now? Do you want to take that experience to the next level and see how you can use it as a building block to get the most out of the Teach In? Join us in this pre-session to go beyond your break. Reflect on you what learned on your break, hear from a service immersion host site about what they’d like to see people doing after they leave, and see where your gifts and passions might put you on the Social Change Wheel and how that can turn into advocacy.

We are honored that Joe will be representing us at this event!

Student group outside in Nicaragua
Joe Connelly leads a lecture for students in Granada, Nicaragua. Spring 2015.