An Evening with Sister Helen Prejean

From Dead Man Walking to an Oasis of Hope in Nicaragua: Responding to the call of the Gospel, Supporting the Friends of Batahola, Social Justice and Building Community.

Join us for an event to raise funds for the “Friends of Batahola Organization” with a special talk from Sister Helen Prejean, book signing, musical entertainment, and reception.

Cost: $20 general admission/$15 for students with ID. Augsburg College students, faculty, and staff free with Augsburg ID. Purchase your tickets online now.

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All proceeds go to the Friends of Batahola Organization, to support the work of the Cultural Center of Batahola Norte, in Managua, Nicaragua.

Saturday, September 26th, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hoversten Chapel Augsburg College
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

Light refreshments will be served during the reception portion of the evening. Items available for purchase to raise funds for the Cultural Center, as well as Sister Helen’s Books. Parking will be available (details coming soon!).

Augsburg Dean of Global Education Travels to Mexico with MN Governor Dayton

On Sunday, August 9th, Augsburg College’s Dean of Global Education, Eric Canny, will join Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and a delegation of 36 representatives of Minnesota businesses, agriculture industry, and education institutions on a trade mission to Mexico City and Guadalajara. From the press release, “During their visit, the delegation will meet with high-ranking Mexican business leaders and government officials, explore trade and investment opportunities, and renew common ties between Mexico and Minnesota.”

You can follow the mission on Twitter with #GovTradeMission.

Augsburg College has operated a campus in Cuernavaca, Mexico since 1979.

Staff Feature: Lucy Hardaker


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

Lucy Hardaker (, 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?


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.

Augsburg College staff present at the Diversity Abroad Conference

Andrea W. Dvorak and Dulce O. Monterrubio presented a session entitled “Breaking Barriers: Off-campus Options for DACA and Students with Various Immigration Statuses” at the 3rd Annual Diversity Abroad Conference in New Orleans, LA earlier this week. The session separated facts from myths, provided information and awareness about how to serve permanent residents, asylees/refugees, international students as well as the much newer category of DACA students, and shared tools and resources for advising these students about international and other off-campus study experiences.

The session was very well attended by professionals in both International Education and Diversity/Multicultural Affairs and the presenters were asked for additional resources, consulting and follow up on serving these students. Thanks to Andrea and Dulce for highlighting the work Augsburg College is doing to offer inclusive study away opportunities to students with all statuses and situations!

Popular Educator/UNDP Consultant from Cuba to Visit Augsburg on March 31!

The Center for Global Education and Experience at Augsburg College (CGEE) is pleased to announce an upcoming international visitor to our Minneapolis campus, Carmen Nora Hernandez Chavez from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center (MLKC) in Havana, Cuba. CGEE partners extensively with the MLKC on study abroad programs in Cuba, so we are excited to host Mrs. Hernandez Chavez on this stop of her U.S. speaking tour.

Speaker Bio

Carmen Nora Hernandez Chavez is a popular educator, an expert on gender issues, and one of the founding members of the MLKC in Havana, Cuba. As part of the MLKC, she coordinates and imparts training workshops to people involved in community projects throughout Cuba. Mrs. Hernandez Chavez has also worked as a consultant, researcher, and advisor on gender issues and the implementation of community projects for the United Nations Development Program and other international NGO’s in Cuba and other Latin American countries.

Event Details

Join CGEE and Mrs. Hernandez Chavez on March 31 from 12-1pm in the Augsburg Room of the Christensen Center (upper level) at Augsburg College.  A campus map is available here.  This is a casual event, so please feel free to bring a lunch.  Mrs. Hernandez Chavez will spend 20-30 minutes discussing the basics of popular education and offer several Cuban examples; the remainder of the time will be an open discussion with plenty of time for questions and answers on various Cuba-related topics.  If you plan to attend, consider letting us know by emailing Lucy Hardaker at, but RSVP is NOT required.


CGE’s Continued and Expanding Partnerships

CGE is excited to announce new and/or enhanced partnerships with a few notable institutions and programs.

Our relationship with the University of Namibia is not entirely new, but we are working closely with counterparts there to deepen it.  Stay tuned for more!

We have also signed an agreement that will allow us to coordinate the exchange of students between Augsburg and the American University of Beirut. Via this agreement, we are also able to host recipients of the The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship for a term at Augsburg during their four-year studies at the American University of Beirut.   Scholarships cover travel, academic fees for four years of university at AUB, a study abroad experience in the U.S. at Augsburg, accident and sickness insurance, housing, and a monthly allowance. This program is a joint venture between AMIDEAST and the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).   From AMIDEAST’s website:

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program provides scholarships to high school students in the Middle East and North Africa who are economically disadvantaged, but who have the drive and energy to be leaders. Selected participants will attend a U.S.-accredited university in the region. The American University in Cairo (AUC), Lebanese American University (LAU), and the American University of Beirut (AUB) are the current host institutions. Scholarship recipients receive an undergraduate degree and specialized civics-based training to include a semester abroad in the U.S., as well as internship opportunities with local public, civil society, or private-sector organizations. The primary objective is to build a cadre of university-age leaders who are civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally skilled, and who will become the community, business, and national leaders of the future.


CGE Director to be panelist on US – Cuba Relations Summit

CGE Director, Regina McGoff, will be a panelist on an upcoming talk about US – Cuban relations. Regina has recently returned from Cuba, while leading a travel seminar for the University of Puget Sound from Tacoma, WA. CGE has led over 50 travel seminars in Cuba since 1999.

The event is hosted by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the University of Minnesota. See below for details:

On Monday, February 23rd, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will host the Modernizing U.S.-Cuba Relations Summit. This forum will highlight the historic opportunity for our country to modernize our relationship with Cuba. The event will be free and open to the public. Klobuchar will be joined by keynote speaker Michael Scuse, the USDA Undersecretary for Farms and Foreign Agriculture Services. There will also be a panel discussion with voices representing Minnesota’s agriculture, business, and Latino communities. Senator Klobuchar has been a strong proponent of normalizing ties with Cuba and increasing travel and commerce that could create new economic opportunities for American farmers and businesses while improving the quality of life for Cubans.



Upcoming CGE Presentations on International Education Issues

Multiple CGE faculty/staff will be presenting at upcoming events and conferences.

Up first is Academic Director and Mexico Site Director, Ann Lutterman-Aguilar.  Ann often brings CGE’s messages of reciprocity and social justice to the wider international education and community.  Her expertise and advocacy led to an invitation from Illinois State University (Normal, IL) to present on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship at their International Studies Seminar Series on February 18.

CGE Director, Regina McGoff, will be a panelist on an upcoming talk titled, Modernizing U.S.-Cuba Relations Summit.  The event is hosted by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the University of Minnesota on Monday, February 23rd. It is free and open to the public.

Dean Eric Canny will be presenting for NAFSA: Association of International Educators during a webinar called Orientation for the Changing Student.  Eric and his co-presenter, Nasha Lewis (Virginia Commonwealth University), will touch upon orientation strategies for “non-traditional” students and the effectiveness of virtual methods.  They will also discuss the importance of delivering cross-cultural preparation amidst the growing focus on logistical information.  Join Eric and Nisha on March 19 from 3-4:30 (EST) – register at the above link.

Lucy Hardaker will co-present at the Wisconsin Association of International Educator’s regional conference on March 20th. Her presentation, titled, The Definitive Ranking of Working in Education Abroad vs. International Student Services will be aimed at new and aspiring professionals in the field of international education. More details can be found online at WAIE’s conference webpage.

Academic Programs Abroad Coordinator, Margaret Anderson, will co-facilitate a roundtable dialogue at the Forum on Education Abroad conference.  The session topic is How Far Do You Go to Make it Work?: Bringing the Disability Debate to the Table.   The session will address laws, terrain, architecture and other barriers that can make it difficult to accommodate students with access issues in certain study abroad programs.  Roundtable participants will explore when barriers might preclude certain students from participating and when changes should and can be made to provide accommodation.  The Forum Conference will take place in New Orleans from March 25-27.

Along with Dulce Monterrubio, Augsburg’s Director of Latin@ Student Services, Andrea Dvorak, Assistant Director of Augsburg Abroad and Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator, will present at the Diversity Abroad conference.  Their session, Breaking Barriers: Off-campus Options for DACA and Students with Various Immigration Statuses, will occur on March 24.