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TRIO Student Reflections from Abroad: Erika

This is an excerpt from a student’s reflection written for Augsburg TRIO’s spring 2019 newsletter. Please see the newsletter for the original post in full. Thank you to Erika and TRIO for sharing with CGEE!

1.) Where did you study abroad? Why did you choose this location and/or program? How did you hear about the program?

I studied abroad in Southern Africa and had the honor of visiting South Africa and Namibia. I chose to study abroad through the Nation-Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind in Southern Africa program because of my interest in politics. I heard about this program through the Center for Global Education & Experience and the MSS office.

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Diversifying Study Abroad Presentation

On February 5, 2019, Augsburg student and CGEE Central America alumni Arianna Antone-Ramirez, gave a wonderful presentation titled, “Diversifying Study Abroad” as her Gilman Project.

Arianna was a winner of the Gilman Scholarship Award, a prestigious national scholarship for study abroad. From the Gilman website: “The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.  The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions.” Continue reading “Diversifying Study Abroad Presentation”

New Article by CGEE Site Director

Ann visits Minneapolis

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar for her published article in in the latest issue of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. The article is titled “A Protestant Feminist Perspective in Response to Our Current Context of Violence.”

A preview of the article can be found online.

Congratulations to Ann and her great scholarly work!

 

 

CGEE Guest Speaker on Central America

Join CGEE in welcoming our newest instructor, Fernanda Soto Joya, PhD, to the Augsburg campus during International Education Week 2018! Fernanda will be discussing the current political situation in Guatemala & Nicaragua – two of Augsburg’s global study center locations.

The presentation “Social Change and Politics in Nicaragua and Guatemala” is an excellent opportunity for the Augsburg community to be updated on the current events in locations where Augsburg has a global presence, as well as meet CGEE’s newest instructor! Please join us from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the East Commons on Thursday, November 15th, and enjoy Central American coffee and thoughtful discussion. There will be time for socializing before and after the presentation. Continue reading “CGEE Guest Speaker on Central America”

Augsburg CGEE Represented at AAC&U Conference

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.

 

Migration poster Cuernavaca to Minneapolis
Poster presentation on Migration from Cuernavaca to Minneapolis

Update from Guatemala

The El Fuego Volcano in Guatemala erupted this past weekend causing 70+ fatalities and missing persons, damage to towns near the volcano, and the closing of highways and the international airport (now reopened) in Guatemala City.  See recent updates as of June 6.

CGEE programs and staff were not impacted by the eruption. There were no programs running at the time, and our program base is in Quetzaltenango (Xela) which is located over 100 miles from El Fuego.

INGUAT (The Guatemalan Institute of Tourism) made the following statement: “All of the major tourist destinations – such as Tikal National Park, the Semuc Champey Natural Monument, Lake Atitlan, Quetzaltenango, and the Pacaya Volcano, among others – are fully operational and are not under any restrictions….”

Augsburg University’s Center for Global Education & Experience stands in solidarity with those impacted by this tragedy. PBS has compiled a short list of organizations taking donations for the aid of the local people affected.

 

April 2018 Update: Nicaragua

April 2018 Update: Nicaragua

Despite emerging indications that the government of Nicaragua may work out a peaceful resolution to the civil unrest affecting the country, we have decided to err on the side of caution and end our semester program early. Students have returned to the United States.  We are working with our faculty to develop a plan that will allow students to finish the remaining three weeks of classes from the Nicaragua segment of the program through virtual means.

For organizations with planned custom short-term May programs to Nicaragua, we are discussing possibilities for each on a case by case basis.

While it is entirely possible that the situation in Nicaragua will improve later this week or next, making the decision to end the program early seem unnecessary, student safety—our top priority—requires us to favor current information over speculation.

For questions please contact globaled@augsburg.edu

Update (Evening of Sunday April 22)

President Ortega has held a press conference announcing the revocation of the social security increase that triggered the street protests, and has invited the business sector and the church to a dialogue. We are not clear if this will be enough to unwind the protests in the coming days, but we are optimistic that the dialogue will bear fruit within a few weeks, restoring calm over the summer.

Update (Morning of Tuesday April 24)

Semester students all confirmed at their gates at the airport, awaiting flights home. Mark Lester, Site Director for CGEE Central America, is with them until all have safely left the country.

CGEE staff and their families remain safe and accounted for.

CGEE Pride Award Recipients

Pride Award for CGEE on rainbow paperWe 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 CGEE’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!

Congratulations to Dr. Lamont Slater

Lamont Slater

 

Congratulations to Dr. Lamont Slater on completing his Ph.D. in History!

On April 6th, 2018, Doctoral candidate Lamont Slater successfully defended his dissertation, “Reframing the Herero/Nama Genocide: An Examination of the Genocide Through the Theories of Foucault and Athens” at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.

Dr. Lamont Slater is an instructor and program coordinator at Augsburg CGEE’s Study Center in Namibia and teaches the course “The Politics of Development in Southern Africa.” He joined Augsburg CGEE in 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Lamont Slater!

 

Now Hiring: Instructor and Project Coordinator

Augsburg University invites applications for the position of Instructor and Project Coordinator for its program in Nicaragua with a proposed start date in May 2018. This position combines teaching and providing support to students from various universities in the US, with field work overseeing rural projects in an alliance with the Winds of Peace Foundation (WPF), based in Managua, Nicaragua.

The Instructor responsibilities involve working with the Director and Central America team to maintain and expand quality programming for Augsburg University, principally by teaching in its Social Change and Community Engagement Semester program and the Xavier University semester program in Nicaragua.

The Project Coordinator responsibilities involve working with a WPF team doing grassroots research and action in support of territorial development. The specific focus will be to provide oversight and follow-up on projects involving indigenous peoples and rural women in Nicaragua.

The combination of the two responsibilities is to promote the internationalization of Augsburg University, and other US universities, by facilitating mutual learning with rural communities in Nicaragua, and then jointly working on the issues that affect them. Current efforts the Nicaragua team is working on include a relationship with the Mathematics Department to calculate impact on the forest of a coffee cooperative on carbon capturing; WPF financing to allow six Augsburg faculty to explore connection between their teaching and rural communities in Nicaragua; and building a video library of local resource people in Nicaragua on topics of interest to the US classroom.

The Instructor and Project Coordinator must be able to work effectively with other members of the Central America team, the WPF team, as well as the different offices of Augsburg University to meet the financial and strategic goals of Augsburg University.  She/He must be an excellent collaborator, both in the classroom and with the rural populations.

 

Required Skills

A Master’s degree in a related field and fluent in both English and Spanish, experience in Spanish-English/English-Spanish translation and interpretation.

Desirable: Doctorate in relevant field. Experience in project identification and management, ability to analyze basic financial information, including income and expense and balance statements. Experience in relating to peasants and understanding of gender dynamics in rural Nicaragua.

Required Experience

Candidates should also provide evidence of intercultural competence and effective leadership in international and diverse settings. Excellent communication and organizational skills are essential. Experience teaching on the university level is also preferred.

Augsburg University Set in a vibrant, diverse urban neighborhood and centered on student success, Augsburg is deeply committed to civic engagement, experiential learning, undergraduate research, and global education.  The University embraces a distinctive vision of global learning rooted in cross-cultural understanding, social justice, environmental stewardship, and critical thinking.

How to apply Send a cover letter and resume in pdf format to lester@augsburg.edu Deadline for receiving applications is March 15, 2018.