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!
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.
Want to meet in person with a CGEE representative? A mix of faculty, staff, and program consultants will be all across the US this September, October, and November!
To schedule a visit with a traveler, please email Lucy Hardaker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Who, Where, When (listed alphabetically by US state):
Environmental and Community Sustainability
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.
We invite you to read more about and support our carbon on-setting initiatives in Southern Africa.
Supporting a Diverse Community of Co-learners
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.
CGEE is inspired by Paulo Freire’s philosophy of popular education, as well as other critical, experiential, feminist, indigenous, and postcolonial pedagogies that foment transformation. The goal of all of our educational programs is the empowerment of the participants to work for personal and social transformation.
CGEE’s Five Pillars of Education
CGEE draws upon the diverse backgrounds of participants, students, faculty, staff, and our domestic and international community members as the basis of an intercultural experience. This experience is enhanced by facilitated reflection which analyzes cultural traditions, values and ways of interpreting the world, whereby participants look at the complexities of diverse cultures and deepen their own cultural self-awareness.
Our experiential programming combines a variety of activities such as story-telling, dialogue with host families and a range of community members, small group work, excursions, lectures, internships, films, and the use of music and the arts with other hands-on experiences. As necessary catalysts for learning, critical analysis and reflection of the experiences are central to our programs and facilitation. Participants are asked to reflect upon both new experiences as well as prior knowledge in a global context.
CGEE is committed to both intellectual and emotional learning. We encourage people to reflect upon how they learn best and to grow outside of their comfort zone. Our programs are developed with different learning styles in mind.
CGEE encourages participants to analyze multiple perspectives and to develop their own viewpoints. Our experiential interactions, combined with background reading and research to determine the validity of information, provide the basis for critical analysis of multiple sides of an issue.
CGEE believes that the purpose of education is to create a more just and sustainable world. Our goal is for learners to engage both in their own transformation and to act to bring about the changes they envision for our world. Transformative education leads to greater personal and social responsibility.