Welcome New Assistant Provost

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.

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.

Reality Check: Gaps Between Global North & South

*UPDATE November 11, 2015 – Mark’s full presentation is now posted online!

Mark Lester, Co-Director of Augsburg’s Global Campus in Nicaragua, will be speaking at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, this weekend in Washington, DC. The theme of the event this year is “Bridges”.

Mark Lester Staff Photo

Mark will be presenting on the topic, “Beyond Immersion and Service:  Bridges for Institutionalizing the Impact of the Global South on our Educational Mission”. This presentation uses the experience of a 30 year collaboration between Augsburg CGEE, the Winds of Peace Foundation, and the Research and Development Institute “Nitlapan-UCA” in Nicaragua. The presentation is meant to provoke reflection on the gaps between the reality of the Global North and South, and the important role institutions can play “as bridges” between those realities.

Mark will be presenting during breakout session #3, on Sunday, November 8th, from 1:10 – 2:00 PM.

Augsburg Staff & Alumni to Present at NAFSA

Andrea Dvorak, Assistant Director of Off-campus Study, Dulce Monterrubio, Director, Latin@ Student Services, and and Augsburg alum Zitlali Chavez Ayala (’15), will be speaking at NAFSA’s regional conference in Des Moines. NAFSA is the premier national organization for international educators. The theme of the conference is “Planting Seeds. Sharing the Harvest”.

Andrea, Dulce, and Zitali will be presenting on the topic, “Breaking Barriers: Best Practices Working with Undocumented and DACA-mented Students”. From NAFSA conference site: “This interactive session will introduce up-to-date information on federal and state regulations, address ongoing barriers to accessing higher education, and guide you in providing services and support for undocumented and DACA-mented students. We will also share strategies for offering informed education abroad advising, and provide examples of programs that are undocu-friendly. Most importantly, you’ll hear from a recent college grad about her college and study-away experience as a DACA-mented student. You will walk out with confidence in your knowledge about serving these students and empowered to support them within the structures of your state, program, or institution.”

Congratulations, Andrea, Dulce and Zitali on representing Augsburg’s value of breaking down barriers to access higher education for a wide variety of students!

Augsburg Global Faculty to Present at National Conference

Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, Director of Augsburg’s Global Campus in Mexico, will be speaking at SIETAR’s annual conference in Orlando. SIETAR is the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research. The theme of the conference (having its 15th year celebration) is Expanding Intercultural Horizons: Competencies for a Diverse and Global Workforce.

Ann visits Minneapolis
Ann visits Minneapolis

Ann will be presenting on the topic, “Holistic Global Development: Course Assignments that Help Students Integrate Intercultural & Career Development”. Continue reading “Augsburg Global Faculty to Present at National Conference”

CGEE Staff Chapter in New Book

Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, Site Director of Augsburg’s CGEE Campus in Mexico, will be featured in an upcoming book:

Lutheran Pedagogy for a Global Context. Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, July 2015.

Her chapter is titled: “Discovering God at Work in this World: How Global Education Can Impact Students’ Vocations.”

Ann has been with Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience since 1993. You can read more about her in her staff and faculty spotlight post from earlier this year here.

Staff Feature: Lucy Hardaker

 

Lucy Hardaker, Outreach and Enrollment Specialist
Lucy Hardaker, Outreach and Enrollment Specialist

Lucy Hardaker (hardaker@augsburg.edu), one of the newest CGE staff members, is highlighted this month!

Position and primary duties?

I am CGE’s Outreach and Enrollment Specialist.  I visit schools around the country to meet with study abroad advisors, faculty, and students about CGE programs.  I am a student’s primary contact after they inquire or express interest in our programs.  I really enjoy answering student questions and helping them understand the study abroad enrollment process.  I also assist with the management of our social media channels.  One of my favorite projects is working with our Alumni Ambassadors, a program through which returned students work closely with interested students in selecting and preparing for a CGEE experience.  If you want to be an Alumni Ambassador or are interested in connecting with one, contact me at the above email address.

In what year did you start with CGE?

2014

Share with us a brief educational and work history.

I studied as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and, while I was there, I worked two different jobs. One, at a small scrapbooking and craft supply store, and the other at the international student services office on my campus. My time as a student assistant in the international office set me on a path to international education as a career. Once I graduated, they hired me as the host family coordinator where I matched international students to families within the Eau Claire community.  After a few years working professionally in Eau Claire, I moved back to my home of Saint Paul, Minnesota to pursue my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Minnesota and to work with international students there as well. My job was to coordinate short-term programs, where I got to plan and lead educational field trips around the Twin Cities as a way to help students increase their understanding of US culture and the English language. I also assisted the international student recruiter in her job to recruit students to study in Minnesota.

Where are you from?

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Where do you work?

Minneapolis office

Most rewarding part of your work with CGE

I have been interested in intercultural connections and international travel for as long as I can remember, so I find it very rewarding to get students excited about study abroad. I love to hear the stories from the students after they return, too – to share in the joy of a transformative experience.

Most challenging part of your work with CGE?

Seriously – seeing the student’s photos! It’s painful to see all the places I still want to go in my life. My fingers start itching for online flight searches…

While all CGE visits and resource people are important and valuable, are there any particular stories/encounters that are particularly poignant for you personally or for our participants?  

I’m still pretty new to CGE so I don’t have as many stories to draw from yet. However, each time I hear a story from a student that didn’t think they would ever be able to go abroad, I am quite happy to know that they found a way and that they chose us. I believe that CGE’s style of program is such a fantastic way to experience international travel – I wish my school had known of it when I was studying abroad!

What are your hobbies/personal interests?

My hobbies include: scrapbooking, riding my bike, and hibernating during Minnesota winters with Netflix!

 Where is your favorite place to travel or what is your dream destination for the future?  

My favorite place I have visited is Annecy, France, a small mountain town in Eastern France. I consider this my favorite travel memory because it holds a special place in my heart as the first international travel experience I had. I went to France for 3 weeks with my high school French class and have been smitten with travel and culture ever since. Annecy was my favorite from the trip as it is a beautiful town filled with wonderful people! And as a Minnesotan girl, I had never seen mountains before so visiting the French Alps was a very special experience.

Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar: Mexican Women Fan the Flames of Hope

Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar spoke with approximately 150 people in San Miguel de Allende on International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8.  She was a guest of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Ann’s talk was entitled “Mexican Women Fan the Flames of Hope.” She talked about the variety of challenges faced by Mexican women, including poverty, unequal access to education, domestic violence, sexual assault, death from illegal abortions, and feminicide.  However, her primary focus was on the hope that can be found among both secular and religious groups within Mexico that are working on all of these issues.
In a country where conservative elements of the Catholic church have had a huge influence on silencing progressive women’s voices, Ann argued that it is especially important to recognize the Catholic feminist groups that are actively organizing on women’s issues, often challenging the hierarchy of the church.  She provided quotes and examples from Mexican women and groups who are using feminist liberation theologies in their struggles. All of them are individuals and groups who have spoken with Augsburg’s CGEE short-term, summer, and semester programs.
The talk was very well received, and Ann was particularly delighted that one of her favorite authors, Sandra Cisneros, was in attendance.  Sandra’s readings are assigned in many CGEE courses!  Ann was incredible honored to speak with Sandra after her presentation.

 

Staff and Faculty Spotlight: Ann Lutterman-Aguilar

Name: Ann Lutterman-Aguilar

Position/Title: CGE-Mexico Site Director and Instructor

Primary duties:  Teaching Religion and Women’s Studies; leading short-term programs, including courses in Cuba; overseeing the administration of the Mexico site, helping to design new educational programs and regularly developing and maintaining contact with potential guest speakers in Mexico.

In what year did you start with CGE?: 1993 (21 years ago)

Share your educational and work history: I received my doctorate in International Feminist Theologies from the San Francisco Theological Seminary (UC-Berkeley) and earned my M.Div. with a focus on Liberation Theologies from Yale Divinity School, as well as my BA in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College.  I also completed a certificate program in Intercultural Communication.  Prior to joining Augsburg’s CGE-Mexico team in 1993, I worked in the United Campus Ministry at Penn State University and in a refugee camp in El Salvador during the civil war  I have also worked as a volunteer with a wide range of non-profits advocating peace, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and human rights in general.

Where are you from?: I was born in Wisconsin and then raised in the Washington, DC area with one year in California as a child.  After college, I lived in DC, El Salvador, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.  I then moved to Mexico, where I became an immigrant. I am now a dual citizen of the US and Mexico.

Most rewarding part of your work with CGE:  I love working with CGE, which is why I have stayed so long! The most rewarding part of the work is helping to bridge diverse cultures and world views. I feel honored and blessed to help introduce and interpret guest speakers who are leaders in their own communities and/or professions and to assist in the educational transformation of travel seminar participants and students.  I feel great when I see students’ positive reactions to guest speakers who represent minority voices that often go unheard.  I love hearing from students years after their experiences in Mexico or Cuba because almost everyone is doing very exciting things to make this world a better place.  I especially love it when former students come back to Mexico to visit and bring partners and children.  I also love hearing from Mexican host families and speakers about how much they appreciate their experiences with our students.

Most challenging part of your work with CGE:  I think the biggest challenges are financial: I wish we had even more scholarships so that the experiences could be less expensive and more people could participate.  I also wish that the U.S. State Department did not have a travel warning against Mexico because many colleges currently do not allow their students to study in Mexico.

While all CGE visits and resource people are important and valuable, are there any particular stories/encounters that are particularly poignant for you personally or for our participants?:  It is very hard to pinpoint just one or two of the many inspiring people or groups who often talk to our groups.  One of my favorite experiences is going to CIVAC (the industrial park in Cuernavaca) to have a huge, nutritious and delicious Mexican buffet lunch made by the women’s liberation theology-based group Luz y Libertad (Light and Liberty).  Before lunch they talk about the work they do – teaching economically poor women how to make inexpensive, nutritious meals, including lots of vegetarian food made with soy; teaching arts and crafts that women can sell in order to become more economically independent; and facilitating women’s self-esteem workshops. After our conversations, we celebrate with an amazing meal in which we get to taste almost al the dishes that they teach women to make.  They also teach desert-making so that women can sell desserts.  Yum!

Hobbies/personal interests:  I love to travel, read, play piano, sing, hike, and bike.  I loved working with Augsburg Exercise Science Professor Tony Clapp on two mountain-climbing trips in Mexico, as well as helping to arrange for another travel seminar to bike in Mexico.

Where is your favorite place to travel and/or what is your dream destination for the future?:  I love traveling within Mexico, as there are so many diverse places.  My dream destinations for the future are Tierra del Fuego in South America, Alaska, and China, among others.