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International Service-Learning Info Session: India + St. Martin

11.17.2016 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

International Service-Learning Info Session: India + St. Martin

11.17.2016 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

What does it mean to engage internationally? What are the benefits of global learning?
Hear what these programs offer to foster community engagement, personal growth, and the acquisition of knowledge beyond the classroom.

This session will be held in LBC 203 Stibbs Conference Room. RSVP here.

India: Compassion in Action

The Compassion in Action Program is an international intensive service learning program and 3 credit class (SOWK 3400: Social Engagement in India), offered in partnership with the Department of Social Work. Students will earn 3 academic credits and fulfill the 2nd tier of the public service requirement through this program.  The program engages students in a variety of learning opportunities to develop self and community. Students will spend four weeks in India involved in community service and social work projects.

The Compassion in Action program is designed to:

  • Develop student participants’ community-focused social service leadership skills.
  • Engage student participants in a variety of social service delivery models, interventions, and techniques.
  • Expose students to Tibetan and North Indian history and culture.
  • Promote international understanding of the Tibetan situation and support for the Tibetan people.

Click here to learn more about the India program. 

Summer: Engage in St. Martin

The St. Martin Program is an intensive, immersive service-learning program that combines a 3-credit class (ANTH 3550: Social Change, Sustainability, and Postcolonial Identity in the Caribbean) with community engagement. The course is based in the small binational island of St. Martin (Lesser Antilles). It includes a mandatory, zero-credit service-learning component (ANTH 3890: Service Learning), which will satisfy the 2nd tier service-learning requirement for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The primary purpose of the program is for students to meaningfully engage with locals, work and meet with community members committed to cultural, food, and economic sustainability, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of anthropological concepts and research methodology, especially as they relate to postcolonial contexts and the shaping of cultural/linguistic identities and socio-economic/political systems.

The “Engage in St. Martin” program is designed to:

  • Develop student participants’ understanding of basic ethnographic methodology and anthropological theory through lectures, written assignments, and fieldwork exercises;
  • Introduce students to an array of programs that promote cultural, food, and economic sustainability, develop close mentorships with Rastafari members of the 4 Real We Agree With Culture association, and learn from local community leaders, officials, artists, activists, scholars, and writers;
  • Expose students to the history and contemporary social issues of the Caribbean, as well as grassroots and social movements, including the Rastafari movement;
  • Incorporate engaged scholarship approaches into students’ academic learning to gain a firsthand sense of the socio-political and economic canvas shaping the island’s realities.