Northwestern University’s

Global Engagement Studies Institute

Pre-Departure Learning Summit 2012


Brian Hanson | Director of Programs, Operations, and Research at the Buffett Center |
Brian Hanson is the Director of Programs, Operations, and Research at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern. The Buffett Center is also home to the Center for Global Engagement, which runs the GESI program. Hanson, a lecturer in political science, is also the faculty advisor to nine co-curricular student groups focused on world affairs. Hanson is active in international philanthropy: he serves as Director and Vice Chair for programming at the Stanley Foundation; sits on the board of the Chicago Global Donors Network; advises the Holtues Trust; and is director of the TNH Foundation. Hanson also serves as board Chair for GlobeMed, a national organization building a new generation of global health leaders through undergraduate involvement. Hanson is also on the board of the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Previously, Hanson was a foreign policy advisor to US Senator Alan Dixon, a government affairs representative for John Deere & Company, and a research analyst for the US Information Agency. The Hanson family has a four-legged bundle of joy named Quinn who seeks Puperoni treats and globally engaged office environments.

Paul Arntson | Professor, School of Communication Studies |
Professor Paul Arntson is the Alumnae of Northwestern University Teaching Professor of Speech Communication Studies, fellow at the Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern's McGaw Medical Center, and faculty associate at the University's Institute for Policy Research. Arntson serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) and is on the steering committee of the Center for Civic Engagement, an organization he helped found. Arntson also founded the Northwestern Undergraduate Leadership Program and helped found the Northwestern Public Interest Program, which places graduating seniors in public interest fellowships each year. Arntson’s research includes understanding communities, civic responsibility and the connections between organizations. He has conducted research and training programs in British, Australian, and American primary care contexts, with self help groups, and with neighborhood associations in order to improve citizens’ decision making competencies concerning their health and the well-being of their communities. He is a founding faculty of the Center for Global Engagement as well. (Oh, and GQ Magazine recently awarded him the Faculty Fashion award. Be sure to congratulate him!)

Nicole Patel | Assistant Director, Center for Global Engagement | | 847.602.3616
Nicole joined CGE in June 2009. Prior, she spent several years in India where she worked for the UNDP and Government of India on a rural tourism project in Bhuj, Gujarat, and then worked as a Program Officer at the American India Foundation in New Delhi, where she managed Rickshaw Sangh, a microcredit initiative enabling cycle rickshaw pullers to avail asset finance while forging a group identity through collectivization and credit plus programs. Nicole spent a year in Chile on one of those “traditional” study abroad programs; conducted field research on participatory development in South Africa; and taught English in Peru. Nicole is a recipient of the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India and sits on that fellowship’s alumni advisory board. She is also a New Leaders Council Fellow and is on the junior board of MarketPlace Handwork of India, a fair-trade organization in Mumbai. She graduated from Northwestern where she studied political science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She has a certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations from Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies.

Meghan Ozaroski | Program Manager, Center for Global Engagement | | 319.389.0380
Meghan Ozaroski joined as CGE program manager in July 2011, and previously spent three years working at the Buffett Center, where she managed faculty and fellows programming, events, and communications and outreach across the university. Meghan also created and now administers the Northwestern University Global Opportunities (NUGO) website, which maps out all of the global opportunities provided by Northwestern for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. She also founded and chairs AHEAD@NU: the Association for Higher Education Administrators’ Development, a professional development group for employees of the University. Before coming to Northwestern, Meghan worked at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), coordinating study abroad programs in Tanzania, Botswana, India, Japan, and Chicago. Meghan has a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern, and as an undergraduate at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she majored in Psychology and Music.

Karina Walker | Program Coordinator, Center for Global Engagement | | 509.590.8795
Karina Walker joined the CGE team as program coordinator in June 2011. Prior, she worked in scholarship management with Chicago Public Schools, after finishing her yearlong Northwestern Public Interest Program fellowship at Cabrini Connections, a mentoring program for 7th-12th grade students. Karina studied abroad in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2008 and volunteered with an organization teaching performing arts to youth living and working on the streets. A year later, she returned to Cochabamba with a research grant to conduct ethnographic research exploring the dynamic relationships between street youth and their service providers. She helped found an organization called “Kids Books Bolivia” which publishes multilingual children’s books celebrating Bolivian culture and raising awareness about the country’s pressing social issues. Karina graduated from Northwestern University in June 2010 with a bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies with a Latin America concentration.



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6:00AM Wakeup early! You need to catch the 7:18am train to Northwestern. 9:00AM - 11:30AM Check-in at Hostelling International Chicago 9:00AM - 11:00AM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson) 9:00AM - 11:00AM International Studies 390 class (Brian Hanson) 11:00AM Lunch becomes available 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kick Off (at 210 S. Clark Street) 11:00AM - 12:00PM Language Classes 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch 1:00PM - 4:30PM International Studies 390 class (Brian Hanson) 2:30PM - 7:00PM City Challenge - bring your game face. Wear comfy shoes, pack sunscreen, water, etc. 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dinner 6:00PM - 7:30PM ABCD (Jody Kretzmann) 7:00PM Dinner at Star of Siam (11 East Illinois St) 7:30PM - 9:00PM Heath, Safety, Logistics with Program Partners (FSD, TI, SEC) & Student Instructors 11:00AM - 12:00PM Language Classes 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch 1:00PM - 4:30 PM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson) 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch 1:00PM - 2:00PM Social Entrepreneurship (Michael Gordon)





9:00AM - 11:00AM International Studies 390 class (Brian Hanson)

11:00AM - 12:00PM Language Classes (Spanish students in Kresge 2-301)

2:00PM - 5:30PM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson) 4:30PM - 5:30PM Global Health (Dr. Shiban Ganju) 5:30PM - 6:30PM Dinner 6:30PM - 7:30PM Country Specific Guest Speakers 7:30PM - 8:30PM Individual and group reflection Complete Journal Prompt A4 5:30PM 6:30PM Dinner 6:30PM - 7:30PM Country Specific Guest Speakers 7:30PM - 8:00PM Individual and group reflection Complete Journal Prompt A4 8:00PM - 9:00PM Breakouts with program partners (FSD, TI, SEC)




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NOTE: Classes today will be in the Norris Center Wildcat Room. 9:00AM - 11:00AM International Studies 390 class (Brian Hanson) 9:00AM - 11:00AM International Studies 390 class (Brian Hanson) 9:00AM - 11:00AM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson) NOTE: Submit your GESI evaluations to staff before departing!! 9:30AM South Africa flight departs Chicago Delta Airlines flight 2277 11:00AM - 12:00PM Language Classes (Spanish students in Kresge 2-301) 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch 11:00AM - 12:00PM Language Classes (Spanish students in Kresge 2-301) 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch 11:00AM - 12:00PM Language Classes (Spanish students in Kresge 2-301) 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch 1:00PM - 2:00PM Guest Panel (Jessica Alfaro, Shanti Freitas, Ann Levy Walden) 2:00PM - 5:00PM International Studies 390 class (Brian Hanson) 12:20PM Nicaragua flight departs Chicago American Airlines flight 2074 2:30PM India flight departs Chicago Air India flight 126 3:05PM DR flight departs Chicago American Airlines flight 2004 4:10PM Uganda flight departs Chicago KLM flight 0621 4:15PM Bolivia flight departs Chicago American Airlines flight 1438 1:00PM - 2:30PM 1:00PM - 2:00PM Partner Panel Environment & Development (FSD-Mireille & Roma, SEC-Bucky, TI- (Vanitha Sivarajan) Jess) 2:00PM - 5:30PM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson)




2:30PM - 6:00PM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson)

5:00PM - 5:30PM Review of in-country assignments, Blackboard use & tomorrow’s travel 5:30PM - 6:30PM Dinner 6:30PM - 7:30PM Country Specific Guest Speakers 7:30PM - 8:30PM Individual and group reflection Complete Journal Prompt A4 5:30PM - 8:00PM Farewell BBQ with GESI alumni and friends of GESI program (Lakefill)

6PM - 6:30PM Dinner 6:30PM - 7:30PM Country Specific Guest Speakers 7:30PM - 8:30PM Individual and group reflection Complete Journal Prompt A4


Annenberg Hall (2120 Campus Dr) GESI Office (620 Library Place) Norris University Center (1999 Campus Dr) Kresge Hall (1880 Campus Dr)


From Hostel to GESI Office in Evanston

Hostelling International Chicago 24 E Congress Pkwy Chicago, IL 60605 A. Walk from hostel to Harrison Red Line 1. Head west on E Congress Pkwy toward S State St 2. Turn left onto S State St 3. Slight left to stay on S State St

289 ft 443 ft 105 ft

B. Take Red Line train (going toward Howard) You must catch this train at 7:18am or 7:28am C. Get off at Howard Red Line stop D. Take Purple Line train (toward Linden) E. Get off at Foster stop

F. Walk from Foster stop to GESI Office 1. Head east on Foster St toward Sherman Ave 2. Turn left toward Library Place 3. Turn right onto Library Place Arrive at GESI Office 620 Library Place Evanston, IL 60208

0.2 mi 430 ft 230 ft

Saturday morning: Bring all luggage to the GESI office. We’ll keep it locked up until it’s time to check into the Best Western on Saturday evening.


From Best Western to Annenberg Hall:
Approximately 22 minutes on foot Best Western: 1501 Sherman Ave Evanston, IL 60201 1. Head south on Sherman Ave toward Lake St 2. Turn left onto Lake St 3. Turn left onto Chicago Ave 4. Continue straight onto Sheridan Rd 5. Turn right toward Campus Dr 6. Turn left onto Campus Dr Destination will be on the left Anneneberg Hall: 2120 Campus Dr Evanston, IL 60208 7 ft 374 ft 0.5 mi 0.3 mi 0.2 mi 135 ft

*Classes are here June 17 - 20th

From Best Western to Norris University Center
Approximately 18 minutes on foot Best Western: 1501 Sherman Ave Evanston, IL 60201 1. Head south on Sherman Ave toward Lake St 2. Turn left onto Lake St 3. Turn left onto Chicago Ave 4. Slight right at Sheridan Rd 5. Turn left toward Campus Dr 6. Turn left onto Campus Dr Destination will be on the right Norris University Center 1999 Campus Dr Evanston, IL 60208 7 ft 374 ft 0 .5 mi 0.1 mi 0.2 mi 210 ft

*Classes are here on June 21st


Erin Eskilden | Xitsonga Language Instructor (South Africa students) | June 16-21 at 11am
Erin Eskildsen left her corporate career in 2007 to pursue more fulfilling work with greater social impact. For over two years, she served as a community health worker and NGO capacity builder with the U.S. Peace Corps in South Africa. Erin worked with community organizations to improve community health practices and design and implement new programs, including a first-of-its-kind Young Mothers Group focused on empowerment and behavior change, practical skills transfer, and income generation for high-risk teen mothers in her village. As part of integrating into her rural community, she became fluent in the local language, XiTsonga, and served as co-chair of Peace Corps South Africa’s Language Advisory Committee.

Chyi Chung | Spanish Language Instructor (Bolivia, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua students) | June 16-21 at 11am
Chyi Chung is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. She was born in Taiwan, grew up in Honduras and has lived in Chicago for 15+ years. She received her M.S. in Hispanic Studies from Tamkang University in Taiwan and her M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Loyola University at Chicago. She has taught Spanish, Chinese and Hispanic culture courses at Northwestern since 1997 and has won several teaching awards.

Anthony Muleme | Lusoga Language Instructor (Uganda students) | June 16-21 at 11am
Anthony Muleme is a native speaker of Lusoga. He holds a BA from Uganda Martyrs University in Nkozi, a Diploma in Teacher Education from Kyambogo University in Kampala, and in May he completed his Masters Degree in Education from Loyola University in Chicago. Being from Uganda, he is a wonderful resource for GESI students. Be sure to ask him questions about language, culture, and life in Uganda--but ask him using Lusoga only! :)

Vijay Shaj | Hindi Language Instructor (India students) | June 16-21 at 11am
Vijay graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois, where he majored in history and minored in mathematics alongside obtaining secondary teaching certification. He went on to earn a Master’s in Divinity at the University of Chicago, where he studied Indian History, Literature, Sanskrit, Marathi, and Hindi. In addition to Vijay's formal studies, he spent two years in India studying philosophy and culture at an alternative residential educational institute near Mumbai. He has taught at the Multilingual Institute of Chicago, Ralph Ellison High School, and Farragut Career Academy, instructing a diversity of courses including World History, US History, Civics, Economics, and Pre-Calculus, and various Indian languages.Vijay was a National Merit Scholar, an acapella singer, and plays both the piano and traditional Indian tabla percussion instrument. He led a Putney Student Travel community service program to India in 2011.Vijay is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi, and currently teaches history at an inter-city high school in Chicago.

Dr. Shiban Ganju | Global Health and Development | June 17 at 4:30pm
Dr. Shiban Ganju is a founding member of India Development Service, which supports small, grass roots development projects addressing various issues across India, such as Income Generation, Education, Health Care, Environment and Disaster Management. IDS projects emphasize self-reliance, accountability of project coordinators, and a strong sense of ownership for the beneficiaries. Dr. Ganju is also the founder and chief volunteer for Save a Mother, which aims to minimize suffering and death associated with pregnancy and child birth in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Dr. Ganju has extensive experience as a public health advocate in South Asia. In 2001, he was the acting Executive Director of the American India Foundation during its disaster relief efforts following a large-scale earthquake in Gujarat, India. Dr. Ganju is a practicing Gastroenterologist with over 40 years of experience and 30 years of NGO/NPO experience.

Michael Gordon | Social Entrepreneurship Lecture | June 18 at 1pm
Michael Gordon is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Information Technology and former associate dean at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where he teaches students how to change the world. (At least, he tries.) He has had broad experience helping organizations around the world use their talents to address societal problems, and do so sustainably, and has also helped students and others launch social enterprises. He has partnered with many prominent scholars who work at the intersection of business and societal problems. He is author of the book Design Your Life, Change the World: Your Path as a Social Entrepreneur and is working on a new book, What I Wish I Knew Then: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur. He is actively exploring how social entrepreneurship can create more inclusive environments in the United States. He blogs at

Vanitha Sivarajan | Environment, Sustainability and Global Development | June 20 at 1pm
Vanitha Sivarajan's background includes over 10 years of biodiversity conservation and water resource management with local communities, non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, and the private sector. She has worked on natural resource management initiatives both domestically and internationally, with a focus on Latin America and India.Vanitha’s expertise includes climate change adaptation, participatory water resource management, value-based conservation, and non-profit strategic communications and planning. Vanitha holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University, where she was a William J. Clinton Fellow, and an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Microbiology and Anthropology. Currently Vanitha is an Environmental Consultant where she provides NGO clients in the water and climate sector with a variety of programmatic services. She is also Training Faculty at Village Earth where she teaches Participatory Water Resource Management to global community development professionals.


Jessica Alfaro | June 21 at 1pm
Jessica is an Associate Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In this role, she consults small business owners providing technical assistance to help them start or expand their business and to secure business financing. Jessica has focused both her career and her studies in the areas of lending and entrepreneurship. Prior to her work at UIC, she was a Senior Loan Officer at ACCION Chicago and on the MSME lending team at Ithala Development Finance Corporation in Durban, South Africa. In 2006, she received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to learn Zulu in South Africa and wrote her master's thesis on low-income South Africans use of savings accounts to improve their lives. Jessica recently completed her MBA in Finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has an MA in African Studies and a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She has lived in South Africa and traveled through Southern Africa, Burkina Faso, Europe, Mexico and Brazil. Along with Zulu, Jessica is conversational in Spanish and has studied French and Norwegian.

Shanti Freitas | June 21 at 1pm
Shanti Freitas graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Sociology and just finished her Masters of Education in International Education Policy. After studying abroad in Ecuador during undergrad, she lived and worked in Ecuador from 2008 to 2011. She worked for almost two years at the Yanapuma Foundation, a non-profit that carries out sustainable development projects around the country, where she specifically coordinated and supported the various individual interns and volunteer groups in their project work. She also worked at Museo Kamak Maki, a small community tourism and education project working to preserve the indigenous Kichwa culture of the Ecuadorian Amazon, as well as Minga Fair Trade, an organization that exports fair trade products made by Ecuadorian artisans. Through these diverse experiences, she has learned a lot about work in the field of international development and is excited to share her perspective about this work.

Ann Levy Walden | June 21 at 1pm
Ann is excited to be a part of a movement that builds a nation-wide community of innovators and leaders dedicated to working in the field of education reform. She joined Education Pioneers because of her belief that a diverse and talented pool of professionals possess a creativity that will inspire real, long term, solutions to the ongoing issues in education. As the Chicago Area Program Director, Ann applies the skills she developed in the international field of education reform to the national, urban landscape. Her passion for education began when she worked as a summer school teacher throughout high school and college. Her work with local education non-profits has spanned the past decade and led to her Masters of Arts in International Educational Development from Columbia University's Teachers College. After graduate school, Ann worked in India, developing evaluation models and teacher training recommendations for education NGOs working for migrant communities. Upon her return to the states, Ann ran a 10-month long fellowship in India that placed graduates with NGOs working in the areas of education, livelihoods and public health.


Stephen Kingsley Scott | Economics of Public Health in Bolivia | June 17 at 6:30pm
Stephen Kingsley Scott is a Postdoctoral Instructor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. His research to date has focused on the cultural and communicative dimensions of global technoscientific interventions in non-Western settings, with emphasis on the productive tensions between expert advocacy discourse and public and popular understandings of health, science, citizenship and statehood in urban Latin America. His dissertation focused on tuberculosis in Bolivia, and on the nodes of translation (broadly understood) called upon to render the texts of global TB control meaningful and actionable across disparate sites of sociocultural practice – from public laboratories to neighborhood health centers and community-based advocacy groups to the periurban homesteads of TB patients.

Jorge Coronado | Bolivian Culture and History: An Overview | June 18 at 6:30pm
Jorge Coronado, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair at Columbia University, specializes in modern Latin American and Andean literatures and cultures. His courses range across the 19th and 20th centuries and draw from various disciplines and cultural practices, such as history, anthropology, political science, music, film, photography, and literature. His book, entitled The Andes Imagined: Indigenismo, Society, and Modernity, appeared in the Illuminations Series at the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2009. He has written articles on indigenismo, photography, and the avant-garde. He is currently working on The Andes Pictured: Photography and Lettered Culture, 1900-50 (under contract at University of Pittsburgh Press), a cultural history of photography in the southern Andes. At Northwestern, he has been active in building the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

Ricardo Sánchez Cárdenas | Post-neoliberal Development and Plurinationality in Contemporary Bolivia | June 19 at 6:30pm
Ricardo Sánchez Cárdenas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Northwestern Sociology department working on postcolonial constitution-making in Latin America; particularly the last three constituent assembly processes that took place in the Andes over the last fifteen years (Venezuela in 1999, Bolivia 2007-9, Ecuador 2008-9). Born in Quito, Ecuador, he also lived in Brazil (2000-2, 2007) and studied at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) where he graduated with a double major in Urban Studies and Latin American and Latino/a Studies in 2008. His masters thesis at NU explored the historical implications of the concept of “plurinationality” as articulated in the new Bolivian and Ecuadorian Constitutions pointing to alternative models of historical development and democratization. Ricardo is also interested in the anti-racist politics that underlie Ethnic Studies as well as the transnational intersections between Latin American contemporary (geo)politics and the grassroots organizing history amongst Latino and Latina (im)migrant communities in the U.S.

Dr. Juan Lorenzo Hinojosa | Health Care in Bolivia: Challenges and Possibilities | June 20 at 6:30pm
Juan Lorenzo Hinojosa is the Executive Director and founder of Solidarity Bridge, a non-profit affiliated with the Archdiocese of Chicago that provides a channel for persons and organizations who want to impact the life of the very poor in Latin America through contribution of expertise, talents and resources. In addition to starting his own business, he has founded centers and training programs and has written a number of articles. He has a Ph.D. in theology with a specialization in spirituality, is married and has five children

Junice Acosta | Dominican Republic: A brief introduction to its culture | June 17 at 6:30pm
Junice A. Acosta Martinez was born in Catalina Arriba, Cabrera in the province of Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Dominican Republic. She received her B.A. in Architecture from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in 2001. In 2003 she started her graduate education at UASD, completing a specialization in Cultural Management, and, in 2004, a specialization in Administration of Cultural Services. As a part of her contribution to the cultural area in Dominican Republic, Junice worked for more than ten years for the Ministry of Culture in a large number of projects related to cultural development of managers, arts and cultural formation. In 2009, Junice received her M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UIC, where she is a Spanish instructor. She has recently participated in conferences and given professional academic talks in Chicago, Ohio, and Puerto Rico.

Howard Rosing | Changing Economy and Impacts on Food Access in the Dominican Republic | June 18 at 6:30pm
Howard Rosing is the Executive Director of the Steans Center and Egan Urban Center at DePaul University. He is as an adjunct faculty member in Community Service Studies, Anthropology, and Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Community Psychology. Dr. Rosing is a cultural anthropologist whose research is on urban food access, economic restructuring, community food systems, and food justice movements in Chicago and the Dominican Republic. He is currently completing a study with DePaul students on community food systems development in partnership with community organizations in four Chicago neighborhoods. Dr. Rosing is also actively engaged in scholarship on service-learning and community-based research as pedagogy. He co-edited Pedagogies of Praxis: Course-based Action Research in the Social Sciences (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and co-chaired the 2011 Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement. Dr. Rosing holds a B.A. from Indiana University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Binghamton.

Kristine Jones | Politics in the Dominican Republic | June 19 at 6:30pm
Kristine Jones has more than twenty-five years experience in teaching and administration in higher education. She has worked as the Director of Off-Campus Studies at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, as the Associate Director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Latin American Studies, and she directed CIEE’s Study Center in the Dominican Republic. Kristine has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Latin American and Native American History from the University of Chicago.

Peter Sanchez | History of the Dominican Republic in Relation to the United States | June 20 at 6:30pm
Dr. Peter M. Sanchez received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, international relations, Latin American politics, and democratization. He has conducted field research in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, and Peru. His publications include articles in International Politics, The Latin Americanist, PS: Political Science & Politics, Journal of Developing Areas, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, International Journal on World Peace, Journal of the Third World Spectrum, The Journal of Conflict Studies, The Air Force Law Review, The Americas, and Peace Review, as well as chapters in edited volumes. He spent the 1997-98 academic year as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Panama. Dr. Sanchez is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago.


Fatima Imam: | India: A Modern Nation with Firm Roots in Ancient Civilization | June 17 at 6:30pm
Dr. Imam specializes in the history, culture, politics, and religious traditions of the Indian subcontinent. She teaches history of India, Caste, Gender, and Minorities in Modern Indian, Modern South Asia, Race and Empire in Colonial India, and Islamic Cultures of South Asia. Her research interests are Institutionalization of sovereignty in precolonial India, nature of Indian urbanization, South Asian Islam, and contemporary politics.

Rahul Mediratta: | Mutiny, Mahatma, Manmohan: Politics and Economy of India (1857 to present) | June 18 and 19 at 6:30pm
Rahul Mediratta is a graduate student in Political Science. Prior to Northwestern, he earned an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University as a Commonwealth Scholar and a BHS in Health Policy from York University (Canada). His research interests include political economy, state-society relations in development, informal economy, and comparative-historical methods with a regional focus on India and broader South Asia. In his current research, Rahul examines trade – both legal and illegal varieties – between partitioned states. He is investigating how variation in political violence during partition may be associated with variation in trade during post-partition in the context of India-Pakistan compared with China-Taiwan. Outside academia, Rahul recently backpacked through India for 6 months. His travels took him from Punjab in the northwest to Assam in the northeast.

Nicole Patel & Roma Bharadwaj | Indian Culture and Development | June 20 at 6:30pm
(see Nicole’s bio on the CGE staff page and Roma’s on the GESI partners page)

Rose Spalding | Nicaraguan History and Politics | June 17 and 18 at 6:30pm
Rose J. Spalding is a Professor of Political Science at DePaul University. She is the author of Capitalists and Revolution in Nicaragua: Opposition and Accommodation, 1979-1993. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994 and editor of The Political Economy of Revolutionary Nicaragua. Boston, MA: Allen and Unwin, 1987. Her most recent publications are “Poverty Politics in Nicaragua,” David Close and Salvador Martí, eds. Nicaragua and the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional to be published later this year by Penn State University Press and “Neoliberal Regionalism and Resistance in Mesoamerica,” in Richard Stahler-Sholk, Harry Vanden, and Glen Kuecker, eds., Latin American Social Movements in the 21st Century (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008): 323-336. She is currently working on a book manuscript on trade politics in Central America.

Alyssa Eisenstein | Living and Working in Nicaragua, A Current Peace Corps Volunteer's Perspective| June 19 at 6:30pm
Alyssa Eisenstein is thrilled to be back at Northwestern after spending the last year and a half working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, where she is currently working as a Community Health Educator. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2010 with addition degrees in International Studies and African Studies. Alyssa has lived and worked in Chicago, Washington D.C., Uganda, South Africa and Nicaragua. Her previous international experience include working for a television station in South Africa as well as studying global health, working for the United Nations World Food Programme and producing a documentary on human rights in Uganda. After the Peace Corps, she hopes to continue working in international development as well as travel throughout Latin America. Alyssa is blogging at <>.

Kadesha Thomas | Nicaragua’s Development Efforts around Health and Gender Equity | June 20 at 6:30pm
Kadesha Thomas is an independent writer, specializing in health care and medicine, education, and public policy. She holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Florida A&M University and a master of public health from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. After completing her graduate degree, Kadesha decided to serve in the Peace Corps to build on her previous academic and professional experiences abroad in countries like Dominican Republic, Tanzania and Ghana. During her Peace Corps service, she spent more than two years as a health volunteer in a rural mountain village in Nicaragua. She developed health education programs and youth groups for a local adolescent clinic and facilitated health workshops with local development agencies. After Peace Corps service, Kadesha worked as an assistant editor at the University of Chicago Medical Center.


Willem Ellis, Sr. | South African Economy | June 17 at 6:30pm
Willem Ellis is the President and founder of the South Africa-Minnesota Business Council. The SAMN Business Council’s objective is to increase economic activity including bi-lateral trade and investments between South Africa and the State of Minnesota. Willem is a serial entrepreneur and founded his first high-tech venture in South Africa in 1986. A highlight of Willem’s career occurred in 1994, when he was nominated by the Electronics Industry Federation of South Africa to lead the Telecommunications Division of the Independent Electoral Commission for the first democratic elections in the history of the country.

Prexy Nesbitt | South African History | June 18 at 6:30pm
Prexy Nesbitt teaches African History at Columbia College Chicago. He is an activist and educator whose work over the past four decades has been connecting freedom-loving peoples in Africa, Europe and North America to each other, to strengthen progressive political and social movements on both continents. In the South African anti-apartheid movement, Mr. Nesbitt played a major role in initiating divestment campaigns on US campuses, while also raising awareness of the issues facing the peoples of Southern Africa. He has authored many articles and a small book, Apartheid in Our Living Rooms: US Foreign Policy and South Africa. Mr. Nesbitt is from the West Side of Chicago (Lawndale), and attended the Francis W. Parker School from fifth grade to twelfth grade.

Rachel Riedl | South African Politics | June 19 at 6:30pm
Rachel Riedl is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. Professor Riedl’s research interests include institutional development in new democracies, local governance and decentralization policy, and authoritarian regime legacies. Her current research explores why democratization in Africa has produced such a varied array of representative institutions and political structures by focusing on the causes of variation in party system institutionalization.

Erin Eskilden | South African Culture | June 20 at 6:30pm
Erin Eskildsen left her corporate career in 2007 to pursue more fulfilling work with greater social impact. For over two years, she served as a community health worker and NGO capacity builder with the U.S. Peace Corps in South Africa. Erin worked with community organizations to improve community health practices and design and implement new programs, including a first-of-its-kind Young Mothers Group focused on empowerment and behavior change, practical skills transfer, and income generation for high-risk teen mothers in her village. As part of integrating into her rural community, she became fluent in the local language, XiTsonga, and served as co-chair of Peace Corps South Africa’s Language Advisory Committee.

Jeff Rice | Ugandan Economy | June 17 at 6:30pm
Jeff Rice is a Weinberg College Adviser and Senior Lecturer in History. He began his career at Northwestern in 1968 as an entering freshman and has been associated with the University in one way or another since then. After graduation he went on to begin graduate work at the University of Edinburgh, receiving a Masters Degree in African Studies after completing a dissertation entitled "Wealth Power and Corruption: A Study of Asante Political Culture." From there he returned to the History Department at Northwestern specializing in West African History. His courses have included “West African History”, “Civil Wars in Africa”, “Africa in Fact, Fiction and Film”, “Africa From Optimism to Pessimism” and a number of popular Freshman Seminars such as “From Nationalism to Ethnic Cleansing”.

Chris Day | Ugandan History | June 18 at 6:30pm
Christopher Day is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. In general, he studies comparative politics and international relations, with a focus on Africa and South Asia. In particular, he studies civil wars and insurgency movements in these regions. He also has an ongoing interest in humanitarian affairs, having been a relief worker for 10 years, working with Doctors without Borders.

Khairunnisa Mohamedali | Ugandan Politics | June 19 at 6:30pm
Khairunnisa Mohamedali received her HBA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and her MA in International Policy from Carleton University's Norman Patterson School of International Affairs. Her Master's thesis was on the effects of state institutions on ethnicity and conflict in Uganda, from the colonial through to the post-colonial period.

Justine Kakembo | Ugandan Culture | June 20 at 6:30pm
Justine Kakembo is a Ugandan citizen (Kampala city born and raised) and US Permanent Resident (Illinois home base). She comes from a big loving family, rich culture and strong heritage as a Muganda from the Njovu (elephant) clan and speaks fluent Luganda. She’s currently studying for her M.S. degree in Communications at Northwestern University, scheduled to graduate in July 2012. Justine’s very passionate about the science of communication and art of human interaction with focus on factors that contribute to its success or implement its breakdown. This passion and a deep love for humanity are the driving forces that inspire her to infuse her acquired knowledge and afforded opportunities into improving the quality of life in her environment. She is an avid world traveler, self-defined water-sprite and history, literature and culture buff.


Name Crystal Godinez Kristin Palarz Lauren Carbajal William Vorbrich Alyssa Pratt Mabel Fung Nicole Williams Lauren Cantacessi Michelle Byamugisha Mitchell Armentrout Jamar Griffin Katherine Nagasawa Shannon Forrest Amber Lauff Hisa Hashisaka Maya Collins Olivia Barnes Ciara McCarthy Kelly Kern Nicholas Kazvini-Gore April McFadden Vinita Chaudhry Michelle Ferber Nathaniel Henry Rachel Vrabec Stephanie Charouk Aaron Simon Jessica Chen Rebecca Baer Bethzabeth (Beth) Colon Carlos Martinez Jamie Wittenberg Rachel Huck Christine White Joshua Bluestone Regan Via Rachel Winegardner Jenna Pugrant Joshua Boxer Lisa Cha Theodore Delicath Anna Snook Marta Burke Rida Malick Marion Rorke Michael Miller Samuel Shugart Emily Owen Lily Zhou Thanh Nguyen Brian Reilly Chelsea Strelser Kaitlin Hansen Myeng Jae (MJ) Kim University Country Team Placement Northwestern University Bolivia CECAM Northwestern University Bolivia CECAM Northwestern University Bolivia CECAM Northwestern University Bolivia CECAM Vassar College Bolivia ITEI Brown University Bolivia ITEI Northwestern University Bolivia ITEI Northwestern University Bolivia Mis Huellitas Northwestern University Bolivia Mis Huellitas Northwestern University Bolivia Mis Huellitas Vassar College Bolivia Taller Cultural Tinku Northwestern University Bolivia Taller Cultural Tinku Northwestern University Bolivia Taller Cultural Tinku Temple University India ALERT Brown University India ALERT Northwestern University India ALERT University of Michigan India ALERT Northwestern University India ILSGRC Wellesley College India ILSGRC Northwestern University India ILSGRC Northwestern University India Jandaksha Trust Washington University in St. Louis India Jandaksha Trust Northwestern University India Jandaksha Trust Ohio State University India Jatan Sansthan Northwestern University India Jatan Sansthan The George Washington University India Jatan Sansthan Columbia University India Seva Mandir Northwestern University India Seva Mandir University of Rochester India Seva Mandir Northwestern University Nicaragua Comunidad de Nancimi (Tola) Northwestern University Nicaragua Comunidad de Nancimi (Tola) Northwestern University Nicaragua Comunidad de Nancimi (Tola) Macalester College Nicaragua Comunidad de Nancimi (Tola) Indiana University Bloomington Nicaragua MASINFA (CS) Northwestern University Nicaragua MASINFA (CS) Northwestern University Nicaragua MASINFA (CS) Marquette University Nicaragua MASINFA (CS) Northwestern University Uganda Budondo Savings and Credit Cooperative LTD Northwestern University Uganda Budondo Savings and Credit Cooperative LTD Northwestern University Uganda Budondo Savings and Credit Cooperative LTD Illinois Wesleyan University Uganda Budondo Savings and Credit Cooperative LTD Boston College Uganda Busoga Trust University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Uganda Busoga Trust Northwestern University Uganda Busoga Trust Tulane University Uganda Jinja Central Division Health Management Committee Northwestern University Uganda Jinja Central Division Health Management Committee Lewis and Clark Uganda Jinja Central Division Health Management Committee Allegheny College Uganda Jinja Slum Dwellers Federation Northwestern University Uganda Jinja Slum Dwellers Federation University of Iowa Uganda Jinja Slum Dwellers Federation Northwestern University Uganda Phoebe Education Fund for AIDS Orphans & Vulnerable Children College of William & Mary Uganda Phoebe Education Fund for AIDS Orphans & Vulnerable Children Northwestern University Uganda Phoebe Education Fund for AIDS Orphans & Vulnerable Children Northwestern University Uganda Phoebe Education Fund for AIDS Orphans & Vulnerable Children 13

Name Camielle Taylor Christopher Knoth Ellyn Peña Karina Kedo Noah Kane Alice Liu Leslie Clark Peter Stein Sean Widjaja University Northwestern University Boston College Northwestern University Northwestern University Northwestern University Northwestern University Northwestern University Northwestern University Northwestern University Country Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Team Placement Azul Azul Azul Azul Azul Rojo Rojo Rojo Rojo

Name Adarsh Shah Rachel Lin Hyunwoo (Sky) Park Reynolds Taylor Christina Bernardin Maria De La Rotta Rachael Gutierrez Kyle King Courtney Ready Yong Feng See Clark Edwards Megan Elsayed Melanie Flaxer Mariana Rivera Torres University Northwestern University Northwestern University Northwestern University The University of Oklahoma Indiana University Northwestern University Boston University Northwestern University Duke University University of Pennsylvania DePauw University Brandeis University Northwestern University Georgetown University Country South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa Team Placement Muleti (Moon) Muleti (Moon) Muleti (Moon) Muleti (Moon) Yabo (Sun) Yabo (Sun) Yabo (Sun) Yabo (Sun) Yabo (Sun) Yabo (Sun) Yeleti (Star) Yeleti (Star) Yeleti (Star) Yeleti (Star)


GESI Breakout Rooms
We will be moving quickly and often between sessions. Please read these charts carefully so you know which room to go to for the various sessions described in the schedule on pages 3 and 4. Please help us show appreciation and respect for our guests by arriving to sessions on time.
Evening Country Specific Sessions Country Bolivia Dominican Republic India Nicaragua South Africa Uganda Room Annenberg G-32 (June 16-20) Norris Wildcat Rm 101 (June 21) Annenberg G-28 (June 16-20) Norris Armadillo Rm 208 (June 21) Annenberg G-31 (June 16-20) Norris Evans Rm 102 (June 21) Annenberg G-21 (June 16-20) Norris Rock Rm 207 (June 21) Annenberg G-29 (June 16-20) Norris Arch Rm 206 (June 21) Annenberg G-30 (June 16-20) Norris Big Ten Rm 104 (June 21)

Language Session Room Assignments Language/Country Spanish (Bolivia, the DR, Nicaragua) Xitsonga (South Africa) Lusoga (Uganda) Hindi (India) Room Annenberg G-32 (June 16th-17th) Kresge 2-301 (June 18th-21st) Annenberg G-29 (June 16-20) Norris Arch Rm 206 (June 21) Annenberg G-30 (June 16-20) Norris Big Ten Rm 104 (June 21) Annenberg G-31 (June 16-20) Norris Evans Rm 102 (June 21)

6/18 GESI Program Partner Breakouts Partner/Country FSD (Bolivia, India, Nicaragua, Uganda) SEC (Dominican Republic) TI (South Africa) Room Annenberg G-21 Annenberg G-28 Annenberg G-29


Breakout Rooms for Professor Hanson’s Discussion Sections
First Name Lauren Alyssa Shannon Christopher Alice Hisa Vinita Rachel Rachel Christine Rachel Rachael Megan Jenna Samuel Myeng Jae (MJ) Room G-28 Last Name Carbajal Pratt Forrest Knoth Liu Hashisaka Chaudhry Vrabec Huck White Lin Gutierrez Elsayed Pugrant Shugart Kim Country Bolivia Bolivia Bolivia DR DR India India India Nicaragua Nicaragua South Africa South Africa South Africa Uganda Uganda Uganda First Name William Michelle Noah Peter Olivia Kelly Stephanie Aaron Joshua Yong Feng Clark Lisa Michael Lily Rida Room G-31 Last Name Vorbrich Byamugisha Kane Stein Barnes Kern Charouk Simon Bluestone See Edwards Cha Miller Zhou Malick Country Bolivia Bolivia DR DR India India India India Nicaragua South Africa South Africa Uganda Uganda Uganda Uganda

First Name Crystal Nicole Jamar Ellyn Leslie Amber Michelle Rebecca Carlos Rachel Hyunwoo (Sky)_ Kyle Melanie Marta Thanh Brian

Room G-29 Last Name Godinez Williams Griffin Peña Clark Lauff Ferber Baer Martinez Winegardner Park King Flaxer Burke Nguyen Reilly

Country Bolivia Bolivia Bolivia DR DR India India India Nicaragua Nicaragua South Africa South Africa South Africa Uganda Uganda Uganda

First Name Mabel Lauren Karina Sean Maya Ciara Nathaniel Bethzabeth Regan Adarsh Christina Maria Theodore Marion Kaitlin

Room G-32 Last Name Fung Cantacessi Kedo Widjaja Collins McCarthy Henry Colon Via Shah Bernardin De La Rotta Delicath Rorke Hansen

Country Bolivia Bolivia DR DR India India India Nicaragua Nicaragua South Africa South Africa South Africa Uganda Uganda Uganda

First Name Kristin Mitchell Katherine Camielle Nicholas April Jessica Jamie Reynolds Courtney Mariana Joshua Anna Emily Chelsea

Room G-30 Last Name Palarz Armentrout Nagasawa Taylor Kazvini-Gore McFadden Chen Wittenberg Taylor Ready Rivera Torres Boxer Snook Owen Strelser

Country Bolivia Bolivia Bolivia DR India India India Nicaragua South Africa South Africa South Africa Uganda Uganda Uganda Uganda


Mireille Cronin Mather | Executive Director | Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) |
Mireille Cronin Mather’s work in international development over the past decade has supported programs in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with field work in ten. She has over 13 years of management experience in the non-profit and private sectors, and has led initiatives program design and management, advocacy, partnership and capacity building, and strategic communications from community-based to international policy levels. Prior to joining FSD, Mireille was the communications director for iOWH, a non-profit pharmaceutical company funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and for USAID’s flagship child survival project (BASICS). For several years, she consulted for international development organizations in program design and management, business development and technical communications. She has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from VPI&SU.

Adam Eads | International Programs Officer | FSD |
After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2001, Adam spent time traveling and working around Asia. In 2006, he settled in Myanmar and volunteered for a small school and community center in a disadvantaged township near Rangoon. This experience inspired him to return to academia in 2007, where Adam completed his M.A. in Environment and Sustainable Development at the University of Glasgow. In addition to traveling, Adam enjoys reading, cooking, cycling and arguing about politics.

Roma Bhardwaj | Program Director in Updaipur, India | FSD |
Before joining FSD, Roma was the Urban Block Coordinator with the renowned NGO Seva Mandir where she focused on women and children's education, health, and other issues. She has a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from Udaipur University (Mohan Lal Sukhadia University). Roma is originally from Udaipur and has great contacts throughout the city, including within the Allied System (government and NGOs alike). She has one seven year old son, and she enjoys social work, working with interns, talking to people, building relationships, and helping the local community.

George Bucky Glickley | Co-Founder | Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) |
George "Bucky" Glickley is co-founder of The New Development Solutions Group. This includes Community Enterprise Solutions, Social Entrepreneur Corps and NDS Consulting. These are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement innovative responses to long-standing development challenges. His current focus is now on expanding the reach of their award winning “MicroConsignment Model” globally. George is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative - University. He has served as an economic development consultant for organizations such as USAID, Chemonics,VisionSpring, Soros Foundation, IDB, Water For People and Fundacion Paraguaya. George began working in rural small business development as a Guatemala Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. George is a graduate of Arizona State University and was recently featured in ASU Magazine as one of 21 Young Alumni: "Ahead of Their Time". George currently lives with his wife in Tampa, Florida.

Jessica Morse | Community Manager | ThinkImpact (TI) |
Jessica joined the ThinkImpact team in the summer of 2010 as an Intern. She worked as a research associate at Next Endeavor LLC where she supported start-up nonprofit organizations. As an undergraduate, Jessica rallied support for Sudan through the student activist group STAND and worked promoting study abroad programs for the UC Davis Education Abroad Center. Since graduation Jessica has worked as an Activities Director on board the Crystal Serenity in the Mediterranean and in the admissions office of a Bay Area high school. Last year she embarked on a South American immersion trip where she honed her Spanish language skills. She is currently pursuing a Masters in International Education at the George Washington University, researching innovative solutions to education deficits in developing countries. Jessica is working with Professor Ryan Watkins at George Washington University to build a database of aid projects, chronicling the use of Performance Improvement on the project and organizational level. Jessica received a BA from University of California, Davis in International Relations.

Emily Getty | Team Advisor | TI |
Emily grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York and has a found love of animals to this day. After studying International Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University, she decided to forgo the traditional career route in favor for a more hands on education as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova. Emily’s academic background and field experience in Moldova makes her uniquely suited to be a knowledgeable resource to her scholars this summer. Emily is a fun loving individual who caught the travel bug early on and just can't seem to get enough.

Christine McCaleb | Team Advisor | TI |
Christine is a recent graduate of a master’s program in International Education Development concentrating in educational technology. She believes that connecting people to knowledge and ideas can lead to great social change and innovation. Christine is passionate about traveling, cooking/baking (I'm Italian!), and building relationships with new people. I also really love Disney movies... especially Mulan!

Trisha Prinsloo | Team Advisor | TI |
Trisha was born and raised mostly in North Carolina, but after finishing undergrad, she ran away to New York City for a change and in search of exciting opportunities. After 5 years in NYC, Trisha took off to Johannesburg to pursue her graduate studies. She has learned many of life's lessons through travels and educational experiences and looks forward to continuing that journey with the GESI-ThinkImpact students in South Africa this summer!


Kerease Epps |
I am a rising Senior at Northwestern University. I am a Social Policy and African American Studies double major. I am originally from Chicago, IL Last Summer, I traveled to Mayuge, Uganda where I worked at Bunya Savings and Credit Cooperative. I enjoy bowling, shopping and reading any political non fiction novel. Trust me, no matter where you go with GESI you will have an amazing experience. My experience has allowed me to open up a new door of talents and interest that I may have never known existed such as my love for teaching children. 

Walter Furness |
I'm graduating from Northwestern University this week, where I studied Geography and Environmental Science. This summer I will be working as the outreach director of a local non-profit on global water initiatives. Though I grew up in the Midwest, I have been fortunate to travel to multiple continents during my time at NU. In 2010 I traveled to Uganda with GESI and helped design and implement a water purification project using the SODIS method. Traveling is one of my favorite activities, but I also enjoy playing music, sports, photography, and a plethora of games. I'm excited to be back helping with GESI for the second year in a row and am jealous of your imminent adventures!

Emerson Gordon-Marvin |
Emerson(1) grew up on a mountain not unlike Smaug’s, just outside San Francisco. When not adorned in outdoors equipment, he will most often be found reading a postmodern political treatise, eviscerating the Northwestern Daily staff, or exploring Chicago—trusty SLR in hand. Seva Mandir benefitted from his GESI team's work on rural livelihood development in the summer of 2009. A few of his photographs from Udaipur and Rajasthan can still be found the walls of CGE. On June 16, Emerson will graduate from Northwestern University with a B.A. in American Studies. He's insanely pumped to mentor the next generation of GESI students. (1): Emerson––fully "Sean Emerson Gordon-Marvin"––has bourn the burden of four first names all his life. He doesn't know why he has four, but he's open to speculation.

Michelle Ki |
Michelle is a rising junior studying Social Policy with a focus in International Development in the School of Education and Social Policy who can’t believe that half her time at college has already passed. Last summer (2011), she traveled to South Africa through GESI and had a fantastic time engaging with her team and working with the community on micro-scale development projects. She gained so much more than she imagined. She hopes to apply these lessons about culture, community and international development, and teamwork to not only her academic work but her personal life as well. She is so jealous of all of you who are beginning your own trips and is excited to be a point of reference if you should have any questions or concerns! She hopes you’re ready for the best summer yet!

Ryan Lim |
I finished my second year at Northwestern studying Anthropology and Gender Studies. Last summer after my freshman year, I went to India with many other wonderful GESI interns. With my teammates Ariel Maschke and Dani Moscovitch, we worked with HIV/AIDS patients around Udaipur, Rajasthan, and tried to better their drug adherence system. As challenging as it was, it also was one of the most rewarding experiences. I am very excited to see this year's new GESI interns, and to revisit and relearn the experience.

Ariel Maschke |
Born and raised in Georgia, I am obsessed with all things southern – Chick Fil A in particular – so if you need one last southern dinner before you head out on your GESI trips, I’m your girl.  Now officially a rising senior at Northwestern University, I am majoring in International Studies and Communication Studies with a minor in Global Health.  I went on the GESI program last year, spending my summer at Seva Mandir in Udaipur, India (with Ryan!); our team worked on a drug adherence project for HIV/AIDS patients.  One week after returning from India, I headed to Paris, France to study international comparative healthcare politics for a quarter.  This summer I’ll be staying in the states to do research on the effects of media on childhood obesity trends in the United States.  I am so jealous that yall are about to have these amazing summers -- if you ever want to talk about GESI, global health or awesome French food, come find me! 

Soad Mana |
A rising junior at Northwestern, Soad is studying anthropology, psychology, and global health. The regions she’s passionate about studying are Latin American and the Middle East. Particularly interested in food policy and nutrition, Soad plans on researching these issues more at both a domestic and international level. Participating in GESI-Bolivia last summer was a major learning experience, and something that has really defined her time at Northwestern. She loves speaking Spanish and reminiscing about some delicious Bolivian dishes with former group members. She has two years left at Northwestern and hopes to make the most of it before time flies by yet again.

Rena Oppenheimer |
Rena Oppenheimer is a rising senior at Tufts University from Newton, Massachusetts. She studies anthropology and Arabic, and just discovered an accidental minor in Africa in the New World. Her 2010 GESI summer in India inspired a fascination with the country, and Rena has been lucky enough to return twice since. She spent her junior year abroad in Jordan and South Africa. At Tufts, Rena is involved in Building Understanding through International Learning and Development (BUILD: India) and Tufts Dance Collective. She also teaches ESL to Salvadorian immigrants in Somerville. Rena loves learning languages, bindis, sketching, and squat toilets.

Tarik Patterson |
I am a rising senior in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, a History major/ Business minor, and a GESI alumnus of the 2011 class. Through GESI, I was able to travel to South Africa through its partnership with the ThinkImpact program – 2011 was the partnership’s pilot year and I can share plenty of stories about being a part of the first group. I returned from South Africa with an appreciation for mining the untapped potential in people; and the idea of working for the sake of generating obscene profit without adding social value to our world has become increasingly unpalatable to me. Notable kernels about myself that are unrelated to my experience with GESI are my passion for music, and the research that I’ve engaged in vis-à-vis cultural/ socio-political interest. Polite conversation is okay, but feel free to bypass all of that so that we can get to know each other.


Once in-country, who do I talk to?
The site teams look after your health, safety, and logistical matters in country. You should let them know of any signs of illness, safety, or homestay concerns. They are also a resource for you as you design and implement your projects. The site team has worked with hundreds of interns and have professional backgrounds in development work. Utilize them for advice, contacts and guidance.

1. FSD/SEC/TI Site Team

2. NGO Supervisor / SEC Country Staff / Team Advisor

Teams in India, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Uganda are appointed an NGO supervisor who is in charge of providing you information about the organization, possible project ideas, introductions to the communities it works with and project supervision. It is your job to consult your NGO supervisor for support and approval of your project. He/she may be busy at times and it is important that you stay patient, respectful and resourceful. Use your teammates, other NGO colleagues and your FSD site team for support if your NGO supervisor is not immediately available to assist you. Teams in the Dominican Republic will be working directly with SEC staff; these staff members will facilitate students’ work with community members and will provide any daily support students may need. Teams in South Africa will have a dedicated “Team Advisor” to guide them through in-country curriculum, navigating the village, meeting community members, etc. The Team Advisor will live in the same village as GESI students and provide daily support and supervision for students.

Your interaction with GESI staff and faculty while abroad will be limited. Your group will submit a 1 page max weekly update on the Blackboard site to keep GESI staff and faculty informed of your progress. Occasionally, GESI staff, faculty or student instructors will reply to your weekly updates (and/or other deliverables, outlined on the next page) with comments, questions, cautions, or feedback. However, given that they are not in country with you, their written feedback will be limited. Only you, your site team, and community colleagues can truly understand your situation and challenges in country.

3. GESI Staff & Faculty

4. Parents/Guardians
There may be times when you do not have access to internet or communications for some time. It is important for you to communicate with your loved ones back home and to establish a system of communication. If your parents or guardians have a concern they’d like to address, have them contact Nicole Patel at 847.602.3616.


Upon returning to Evanston for the Final Reflection Summit, you’ll be asked to complete a digital storytelling assignment that requires the use of photographs. Make sure at least one person from your group is documenting your group’s time in-country through pictures. Be sure to read page 21 for insights on taking culturally sensitive photographs. And of course, be mindful of when it is and isn’t safe and appropriate to use your camera. Talk to your site team during in-country orientation for their suggestions on camera usage. Here are a few suggestions of things to take pictures of: • Your homestay family. Experiment with both candid and posed photos to capture the activities and personalities of members of your family. For instance, you may want some posed family photos along with some shots of your host mom cooking, your siblings playing outside, etc. Your “daily experience”. This might include the transportation (or walk) you take to work, your NGO/ organization site, a typical meal, even your shower facilities. Capturing your life abroad will help you tell friends and family about your experience once you return home. Photos of places. While it’s great to snap “postcard” shots of historical sites and cultural landmarks, don’t miss taking photos of places that may be even more meaningful to you personally (and pictures you can’t find later on Wikipedia). For instance, you might take pictures of your favorite empanada shop or the organization where you work. Action photos of your GESI team. Take photos of your team --at work, interacting with community members, etc. Have your teammates return the favor and take pictures of you. Photos of your project progress. If your team holds a workshop for community members, take pictures! If you open a store or bakery, snap shots of those in action. If you install bio-gas stoves, take pictures of the process. Anything to help communicate your work and the many steps involved in the process--not just the “finished product.” • Take pictures of people. Of course, always ask permission! Whenever possible, share photographs with others -- sending photos to your homestay family or community colleagues can be a great expression of appreciation after the program ends. If you say you will send a picture to someone, keep your word. If your camera is equipped with video capabilities, take short videos to help you remember your experience further-the sounds of your host brother’s laugh, the site of your host parents dancing at a wedding, watching your project work get the idea.

Why take photographs while abroad?
Photographs help you: •Communicate your experiences to friends and family. You are going to see and experience so much during the summer, and you will want to share your experience with friends and family. Sometimes it will feels as if you're speaking another language, but the pictures will give them a glimpse into your experiences. •Document your experiences. Photos are a practical way to keep a record of the places you stopped, your homestay family, etc. •Remember what was important to you. Take pictures of what strikes you, what amazes you, what makes you think, what makes you rethink the world around you.
Adapted from the Northwestern Study Abroad Office website.


CULTURALLY SENSITIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: Like Travel Itself, Photography Builds Bridges
by Jim Kane, President and co-founder of Culture Xplorers

8 Photography Guidelines:
1) Be informed. Invest time before traveling to research the customs and photography mores of the place you will visit. Customs vary not only by country but by region and religion as well. 2) Get comfortable with yourself. Self confidence, an open attitude, and a genuine smile are important wherever you travel. People will generally respond to you with the same attitude that you exude. Conversely, if you are nervous and “sneak around” with your camera because of shyness or insecurity, they will feel this and, worse, feel they are being used. 3) Communicate. It only takes a simple gesture and a smile for a subject in a foreign land to understand your interest in taking a photograph.You’ll immediately get a clear indication of whether they are a consenting subject. Not understanding the language should never be an excuse to photograph an unwilling person. Learning some simple phrases related to photography in the language of the country in which you are traveling not only allows you to communicate more directly with your subject, explaining why you want to take a photograph, it shows your interest in learning at least some of the local language. 6) Take the at home test. You should treat people abroad with the same respect and courtesy as you would at home. If you find yourself questioning the appropriateness of a certain shot, ask yourself if you’d take the same picture in your home country without feeling awkward. 5) Spend time without shooting. Once while riding through rural Thailand on a moped, I stumbled across some kids playing ping-pong behind a temple. Wanting to capture this wonderful scene, I just stood there and watched the kids at play without touching the camera. After a few minutes I asked (through gestures) if I could play. This was met with smiles and a paddle was immediately thrust at me. Five minutes later I returned the paddle, smiled, and thanked them. Only then did the camera come out. Not only did I feel at ease taking the pictures, the kids were also much more relaxed with my presence. 6) Use an ice-breaker. Instantly showing people the photos you’ve taken of them can be a wonderful ice-breaker. The photography becomes less intimidating and more fun for kids and adults alike. They may even want to turn the tables and photograph you! 7) Give and take? One of the most controversial situations while abroad is the question of giving money to people you photograph. We’ve all been in situations where an indigenous community becomes popular with camera-toting tourists. Soon, there is a bustling business in “authentic” photos for a dollar each and mobs of children running up to visitors shouting, “photo, Mister?” On the other hand, isn’t a person you’ve photographed entitled to some form of compensation? After all, you’re benefiting from their presence, personality, customs, clothing, etc. Engaging people openly and sharing time, a story, or a drink together is often the greatest gift for both sides. However, if it is made clear that someone expects money for a photograph, the decision becomes not whether to pay, but whether to take the photo. That must remain a judgment call that each of us needs to make on a case-by-case basis. 8) No means no. When someone objects to your taking a photograph you must respect them, even if you don’t agree with or understand their reasons. You are a guest and you must respect their decision. One recent experience comes to mind. There’s a church in San Juan Chamula in Chiapas, the interior of which is nearly indescribable, be- cause of the blend of customs the people have adopted. There are no pews, only two long rows of saints bordering a wide, straw-covered floor where scores of people sit in individual prayer areas and surround themselves with in- cense and colored candles. As a passionate photographer, it killed me not to be able to capture and transmit this unique display of spirituality. However, there was no misunderstanding the stern and repeated prohibition of photography inside the church. For the people of San Juan Chamula photographing this scene and the people inside would have shown a terrible lack of respect. So the interior remains un-photographed. And perhaps that’s not so bad. Now, in order to understand this wonderful and mysterious place, one must travel there, step inside, live and breathe it. Sometimes there’s just no replacing the real experience.

Jim Kane is the President and co-founder of Culture Xplorers. Having lived in 6 countries and traveled through 40 more, Jim now creates immersive trips to Latin Jim Kane is focus on people. co-founder of Culture Xplorers. Having lived in countries and traveled through 40 more, Jim Xplorers promotes genuine America with athe President and Through festivals, home-stay opportunities, living6traditions and positive impact projects, Culturenow creates immersive trips to Latin America with a focus on locals. Through festivals, Xplorers opportunities, living traditions interaction between travelers andpeople.Visit Jim & Culturehome-stay at and positive impact projects, Culture Xplorers promotes genuine interaction between travelers and locals.Visit Jim & Culture Xplorers at © 17 2004 | First published in Transitions Abroad Magazine July/August 2004 © 2004 | First published in Transitions Abroad Magazine July/August 2004 21

IN-COUNTRY SNAPSHOT • 1-3 day orientation in country

IN-COUNTRY DELIVERABLES You will be evaluated based on satisfactory submission of the following. Submit 1, 2 & 3 on Blackboard. 1. Project Proposal. This should be a maximum of 4 pages; most groups submit these by week 2 at the earliest and week 4 at the latest. Revised proposals should be submitted only when there are major changes in the project. 2. External work plan. This is submitted with your project proposal, described above. These should be a maximum of two pages and conform to the template provided. 3.Internal Workplan and Progress Report. Due on each of the seven Fridays while in the field. Submit these online on your group’s Blackboard blog. Entries should be a maximum of 2 pages (preferably 1 page), and should answer the following questions:
Internal Workplan a) Please list what you completed this week, with appropriate names attached to each item. b) Identify what barriers you are currently encountering. c) List what the group is planning to accomplish next week, with appropriate names attached to each item. Progress Report: a) Identify up to three things the group did well this week. b)Identify up to three things the group could do better in the future.

• 1-2 students per host family in proximity to work site • 40-hour work week schedule (minimum) • Community driven project collaboratively planned by host community and students; FSD, SEC, and ThinkImpact site teams provide support and feedback as required

4. Journal assignment. A GESI journal has been provided to you. Please read the instructions carefully. Every week you must write three entries. Journals will be collected during the Final Summit and mailed back to you at the end of summer. 5. Evaluation. GESI will send you an online program evaluation once you return.You must complete the evaluation before we will transfer your course grades.


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