In the context of global service-learning and/or internship programs, what does it mean to support participation and voice amongst community partners? How can global educators push students to be more critically reflective about their own positionality as it intersects with their aspirations for participatory development? This session uses case studies of student and host partner experiences to spur reflection and discussion about these crucial questions. We will discuss these cases in facilitated roundtables and work to brainstorm optimal responses to each situation. The session draws upon the work of Omprakash (www.omprakash.org), a Seattle-based nonprofit working to help universities build ethical global partnerships and support students with critically-reflective training and mentorship.
Participants will be able to:
Identify ethical and pedagogical challenges emerging from different forms of global partnerships.
Describe curricular and pedagogical possibilities (and limitations) for efforts to maximize students’ critical reflexivity.
Critically appraise the 'impact abroad' opportunities that they encounter on their campuses and across this sector.