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Mission-Oriented Study Abroad Presentation

We are so proud of our CGEE staff & alumni presenting at upcoming “NAFSA” Regional Conferences! NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. We believe that sharing our unique mission and pedagogy can help create the change we wish to see in the field of international education. Continue reading “Mission-Oriented Study Abroad Presentation”

Contributions to International Education Utilizing Freirean Pedagogy

We are so proud of our CGEE staff & alumni presenting at upcoming “NAFSA” Regional Conferences! NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. We believe that sharing our unique mission and pedagogy can help create the change we wish to see in the field of international education. Continue reading “Contributions to International Education Utilizing Freirean Pedagogy”

Congratulations to CGEE Staff Published in “Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal”

Congratulations to Joseph Connelly, Experiential Education Specialist with CGEE, for his published article in the most recent volume of Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal (JHE) (Volume 10, Number 2 (2021).This volume is focused on “Solidarity and Global Citizenship”.  His article titled, A Long, Loving Look at the Real: An Experiential Ignatian Approach to Immersion can be found online for free.

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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!



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!


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!

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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!

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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!