Nicaragua: A Celebration of 10 years of Leadership and Learning

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Diana Pierce

On Thursday, January 22, students, alumni, faculty, and guests of Augsburg’s Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) and Physician Assistant (PA) Programs gathered on campus to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MA in Leadership course “Universal Responsibility and Leadership: A Nicaraguan Experience.” The course is an unforgettable experiential learning seminar that has been attended by more than 160 MAL and PA alumni and students.

The event was hosted by Diana Pierce, MAL ’15, KARE-11 News anchor and 2014 Nicaragua trip participant. It included Nicaraguan food, photos, and music.

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Juan Carlos Lopez

Special guest Juan Carlos Lopez, program coordinator for Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience in Nicaragua, joined us for the event. Lopez shared his insights and stories in an interview with Pierce and questions from the audience.

Proceeds from ticket sales went to Nica HOPE, a nonprofit based in Managua that works with communities living around the Managua city dump to offer long-term solutions to entrenched poverty through education and practical skills training.

As a student in the Nicaragua course, Pierce captured some of her experiences through photos and video footage. Once home, she and her daughter, Chelsea Babcock, created a video as a way to reflect on what she and other participants discovered.

Augsburg College has a long history of global engagement led by the staff in Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience.

About the course
ML 577 Universal Responsibility and Leadership: A Nicaraguan Experience helps students develop personal perspectives on the meaning of universal responsibility while exposing them to the leadership dimensions and challenges of another country.