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.
We 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!
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.
Meet our new International Resident Assistant in Namibia, Jamila!
Jamila is from Santa Barbara, CA, and joined CGEE from a job in Washington D.C. Before moving to DC, Jamila earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development at the University of California, San Diego and a Dual-Masters of Social Work and Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. Jamila has worked with various students (middle school to college age) for approximately 10 years. She enjoys supporting youths’ transformation from learners to talented leaders, who are prepared and excited to make the world a better place. Jamila is excited to explore all of Namibia’s wonderful attractions, restaurants and communities.
Welcome to our new Assistant Provost for Global Education and Experience, Patrick Mulvihill, M.P.A.
Patrick joined Augsburg CGEE on August 1 and brings 20+ years of experience advancing social justice and change through global education, experiential learning, program development, and community development. At Augsburg, he will offer strategic, curricular, and operational leadership for our global education programs and initiatives, both domestically and internationally.
Most recently, Pat served 12 years as director of operations at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA). HECUA, a consortium of 24 colleagues and universities, offers off-campus academic programs rooted in interdisciplinary, community-based experiential education. Throughout his career, Pat has demonstrated a deep commitment to equity, to educating an intentionally diverse mix of students, and to building intercultural competence.
Pat earned a bachelor’s in history from St. Olaf College and holds the Master of Arts in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.
Welcome to our new Program Coordinator in Namibia, Alex Sikume!
Alex Sikume is the new Instructor for Political Science and Social Change. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Management majoring in Policy Analysis from School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China. He further holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and Industrial Psychology from the University of Namibia.
Alex worked for the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development for ten years as a Development Planner dealing with issues of local government operations, administration and management. In 2011 he worked for the United Nations Development Programme as a Programme Officer. He further worked as Technical Advisor under the Building Local Capacity Project for Southern Africa within the Management Sciences for Health. Continue reading “Welcome to our New Program Coordinator”→
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.
In order to work towards a more just and sustainable world, we strive to follow socially responsible and sustainable practices as best we can in each site. This has been a part of our organization’s mission since our founding in 1982 and the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) is constantly striving to identify new and improved ways to nurture our environmental and social responsibility. Our commitment includes the following areas:
Salaries/employment – We strive to pay our workers a fair and livable wage. We also try to keep the salary differential between the highest and lowest paid workers to no more than an 8:1 ratio. Not only is this the only ethical choice, but fair wages also contribute to staff longevity, experience, and commitment which, in turn, benefits our participants.
Environmental practices/stewardship – Whether it’s through recycling, composting, or asking participants to use reusable water bottles, we work to minimize the environmental footprint of all our participants and sites where we work. The Center for Global Education has installed several ecological dry toilets in our Mexico study center. Both the Mexico and Central America sites have invested in water purification systems to replace large jugs of water.
We make a conscious effort to buy sustainable, local, and fair trade food and other items as much as possible. In addition, the cooks at the Center for Global Education’s Mexico site are trained in vegan and vegetarian cooking and often use herbs grown in their own garden.
Reciprocity with communities – We have established a long-term commitment in each of the communities in which we work. Faculty/staff are active members of the community and work with communities to develop programming that reflects their interests and issues. An honorarium is paid to guest speakers and field trip hosts. Fair compensation is given to host families and students are asked to develop ongoing relationships with them. The Central America team has subsidized the purchase of water purification systems for communities that host our students and participants.
Programming – Issues of social responsibility are at the heart of all of our programming. Participants are asked to reflect on their impact on the environment and world. Courses may include looking at environmental footprints and speakers embody voices that are often underrepresented in the community. In Mexico and Central America, we partner with socially responsible language schools for language classes. Also in Central America, we have partnered with rural communities working on sustainable agriculture; these communities often host our travel seminars.
Augsburg University – Augsburg University is a leader in environmental stewardship. Students are encouraged to car pool, use public transportation, or a communal car or bicycle. The institution has initiated a community garden, community farm share program, and purchasing wind energy. Augsburg is a leader in service learning and community engagement and has strong community partnerships in the Cedar/Riverside neighborhood.
We regularly audit our practices in an effort to continuously improve our stewardship of financial, social, and environmental resources.
CGEE strives to create for its participants an intentionally diverse community of co-learners where a variety of cultures and backgrounds is represented. Students, faculty, and staff help each other respond to issues of oppression such as racism, sexism, homophobia, economic inequality, xenophobia, and classism, in an environment where diversity expands participants’ thinking and worldview.
Diversity and inclusion are key to the mission of Augsburg University and of CGEE. We operate in more than five different countries with diverse teams of staff and professors; thus, we bring rich and varied perspectives in addressing diversity and cultural issues. For that reason, you will find different language used throughout this site to discuss race, ethnicity, and cultural discrimination that reflects our regional perspectives.
If you have additional questions about issues of diversity, multiculturalism, or oppression in regards to the site to which you will travel, please let us know during the enrollment process; we can provide resources that might be helpful.