Northwestern University’s

Global Engagement Studies Institute

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Welcome! We are thrilled to have you here! The Global Engagement Studies
Institute (GESI)—formerly the Global Engagement Summer Institute—began with the idea and perseverance of an undergraduate like you. It has grown from an experiential learning program in Uganda exclusively for Northwestern students into a nationally recognized program designed to couple academics with action while developing the next generation of socially conscious global leaders from universities across the country. We hope these six days challenge and inspire you, as well as lay a foundation for a transformative summer working on community development projects in Bolivia, India, Nicaragua, Uganda, and South Africa with our partners the Foundation for Sustainable Development and ThinkImpact. We will spend the next week together learning from and with one another. To create change we will need to ask questions, not provide solutions.Your participation and energy is key to making the next week and summer a successful one. We trust you’ll approach GESI with the open-mindedness and humility requisite to understanding people, their talents and challenges, and the role an outsider can or even should play in their communities. We see GESI as one step on a path toward your personal exploration, professional and leadership development as well as your understanding of complex issues of consequence to the world’s people. Each one of you was chosen for your passion and your potential to contribute to a more equitable world. We know that no matter what path you choose, your experiences on GESI, and the people you’ll meet, will have a lasting influence on your world-view and future decisions. Throughout the summer, our professors and student instructors will be in contact with feedback and encouragement; in August they will help debrief all you’ve learned. Even after GESI, our staff—Nicole Patel, Meghan Beltmann, and Karina Walker—will be a strong support system as you use your own unique skills and passions to live out lives of global social change. We look forward to getting to know you and to supporting your personal, professional and academic goals in the months ahead. Congratulations for taking the initiative to join your peers in learning how to make a difference. This is going to be a lot of fun. Sincerely, The Folks at CGE

Brian Hanson | Director of Programs, Operations, and Research at the Buffett Center |
Brian Hanson is the Director 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. 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 friendly, cute dog named Quinn who likes to hang out at the CGE office.

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.

Nicole Patel | Assistant Director, Center for Global Engagement | | 847.602.3616
Nicole thinks GESI might be the best international experiential learning program of any university out there, and hopes you’ll think so too. Prior to joining CGE, she spent three 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. She graduated from Northwestern where she studied political science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She speaks Gujarati, Hindi, Spanish, and horrendous beginner French.

Meghan Beltmann | Program Manager, Buffett Center & CGE | | 319.389.0380
Meghan Beltmann is program manager at CGE and the Buffett Center, and she loves working with the GESI program and the center’s co-curricular student groups. She created and now administers the Northwestern University Global Opportunities (NUGO) website, 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. This summer while you are on the GESI program, Meghan will be spending two weeks traveling around Turkey with her new husband, Scott, on their honeymoon!

Karina Walker | Program Coordinator, Center for Global Engagement | 509.590.8795
Karina Walker literally joined the CGE team today! Before, 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. She is also excited to be one of our guest speakers on Bolivia this year. Her fascination with Bolivian culture began when she studied abroad in Cochabamba 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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9AM What is Development? (Brian Hanson) 11AM Language Classes 12PM Lunch 9AM Class: Development Economics (Cynthia Kinnan) 11AM Language Classes 12PM Lunch (South Africa students meet with ThinkImpact staff) 1PM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson) 2PM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson) 1PM FSD and ThinkImpact Presentations 9AM 11AM Language Classes 12PM with ThinkImpact staff) 1PM (Paul Arntson)




Class: Asset-based Community Development (Jody Kretzmann)

Lunch (South Africa students meet

Communication Studies 395 class

4PM Public Health (Dr. Shiban Ganju) 5PM Dinner

4PM Environment (Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington) 5PM Dinner (South Africa students meet with ThinkImpact staff)

4PM Social Entrepreneurship (Dr. Jamie Jones) 5PM Dinner (South Africa students meet with ThinkImpact staff) 6PM Country Specific Sessions

6PM Country Specific Sessions

6PM Country Specific Sessions

8:30PM 9PM Optional: Firesides with Student Instructors @ hostel 4 South Africa team meeting with ThinkImpact @ hostel 9PM Optional: Firesides with Student Instructors @ hostel

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9AM Your Role in Community-based Development (Brian Hanson) 11AM Language Classes 12PM Lunch 1PM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson) 12PM Light Refreshments @ hostel 5:45AM NICARAGUA: American Airlines 0780 Actors and Approaches to Intl Development (Brian Hanson) 11AM Language Classes 12PM Lunch 1PM Communication Studies 395 class (Paul Arntson)



4PM International Education (Dr. Erwin Epstein) 5PM Dinner

4PM Microfinance (Tom Coleman)

4:10PM BOLIVIA: American Airlines 2378 4:20PM

5PM Send off celebration dinner @ Ethiopian Diamond

UGANDA: KLM 0612 4:40PM INDIA: American Airlines 0292

6PM Country Specific Sessions

South Africa students depart for airport
NOTE: Please remember that it’s important for you to be on time for every session. Since we are working with so many guest speakers, and because the days are very full and tightly scheduled, all 80+ of us need to be prompt and respectful of everyone else’s time. If you are going to be late, please call Karina Walker at 509.590.8795 to inform her of your tardiness, the reason for it, and your ETA. Repeated tardiness will affect your grade.

SOUTH AFRICA: American Airlines 0292 9PM Optional: Firesides with student instructors @ hostel 5

Rami Nair | Hindi Language Instructor (India students) | June 19-23 at 11am
Rami Nair grew up as a multilingual in India and Poland. She completed her high school education in New Delhi, India, and then proceeded to pursue a five year integrated M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw in Poland. In 1998 she completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics at Northwestern University, the same year that she started the Hindi language program within PAAL at NU. She currently teaches first and second-year Hindi classes, and has developed a "true beginners" and "accelerated" version of the first-year course, teaching both each academic year. Her research interests include language pedagogy, second language acquisition, phonetics and phonology.

Jill Felten | Spanish Language Instructor (Bolivia and Nicaragua students) | June 19-23 at 11am
Jill Felten is a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University. She received her M.A. in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2004. Since then she has been teaching beginning and intermediate Spanish language courses and actively attending professional workshops that focus on second language acquisition. Her professional interests include Spanish phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and contemporary Latin American literature and history.

Pamela Khanakwa | Lusoga Language Instructor (Uganda students) | June 19-23 at 11am
Pamela Khanakwa received both her BA and MA in history from Makerere University, Uganda. She is currently working on a PhD in African History (20th century history of Uganda) at Northwestern University, where she is also a teaching assistant. Pamela is a native Lusoga speaker from Uganda.

Erin Eskilden | Xitsonga Language Instructor (South Africa students) | June 19-23 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.

Dr. Shiban Ganju | Public Health Lecture | June 19 at 4pm
Dr. Shiban Ganju is a founding member of India Development Service, which supports small, grassroots development projects addressing various issues across India, such as income generation, education, healthcare, 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.

Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington | Environment Lecture | June 20 at 4pm
Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington is an environmental epidemiologist, engineer, and environmental historian with over 30 years of experience working on the impact of industrial pollution on human health and ecosystems. She is the editor in chief of the first international environmental health disparities journal, Environmental Justice, and is currently the Co-Chair-Elect of the Illinois EPA’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board. She also teaches and designs graduate level courses in environmental health, public health ethics, epidemiology, and disaster management at UIC’s School of Public Health.

Jody Kretzmann | Asset-based Community Development | June 21 at 9am
John Kretzmann (Jody) is Co-Director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute. ABCD Institute works with community building leaders across North America as well as five other continents to conduct research, produce materials and support community-based efforts to rediscover local capacities and to mobilize citizens’ resources to solve problems. He was a founding faculty member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Studies Program, and served as director of that institution. He has been a community organizer in Chicago’s West Side, and served as a consultant to a wide range of neighborhood organizing and development groups. Kretzmann has worked to develop community-oriented public policy at the national, state and local levels. In Chicago, he served as chair of the Neighborhood Planning Committee for Mayor Harold Washington, and was an active policy consultant through Washington’s four and a half years in office. He serves on a wide range of civic, community, and foundation boards.

Dr. Jamie Jones | Social Entrepreneurship Lecture | June 21 at 4pm
Jamie N. Jones is the Associate Director of the Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK) Program, where she works with students, alumni and members of the community to apply business principles to affect social change. Jamie firmly believes that the greatest social challenges can be mitigated with innovation and the application of sound business practices. Jamie’s current interests are in the design of business models to create sustainable social impact. She is working to understand how unique models can be crafted to simultaneously create social and economic value.

Dr. Erwin H. Epstein | International Education Lecture | June 22 at 4pm
Erwin H. Epstein is Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies and Director of the Center for Comparative Education at Loyola University Chicago. He has been a Fulbright Professor in Mexico and has lectured at universities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Taiwan. His research focuses on sense of nationality among schoolchildren in socioeconomically marginalized communities, school choice, education and democratization, and comparative theory. He is a former president both of the Comparative and International Education Society and of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and for 10 years was Editor of the Comparative Education Review.

Tom Coleman | Microfinance Lecture | June 23 at 4pm
Tom Coleman founded Microfinance Consulting to integrate the best of commercial finance with the best of microfinance for poorer clients. Prior to founding Microfinance Consulting, Tom was Director of Research and New Product Development at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) 1978-1994. Tom has consulted with a number of the major microfinance networks on challenges ranging from guarantee funds and innovative capital market financing vehicles, to social measurement to increase emphasis on service and measurable results for the bottom billion. Most recently, Tom founded a new nonprofit, MFIF (microfinance investment fund), the Bottom Billion Fund to invest in Bottom Billion Microfinance and push the envelope of microfinace that does the most for Bottom Billion people.

Karina Walker: Bolivian Culture and Society | June 19 at 6pm
(See bio on CGE staff page.)

Jorge Coronado: Bolivian History | June 20 at 6pm
Jorge Coronado 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.

Stephen Kingsley Scott: Economics of Public Health in Bolivia | June 21 at 6pm
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.

Dr. Juan Lorenzo Hinojosa: Bolivian Politics | June 22 at 6pm
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 with five children.

Jock McLane: Indian Culture and Society | June 19 at 6pm
John R. McLane, a professor in the Northwestern Department of History, received his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, in 1961. He teaches about South and Southeast Asia, while his research focuses on India in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. He has published books on pre-Gandhian Indian nationalism and on the politics of landholding in Bengal during the 18th century transition between Mughal and British rule. His current research concerns the "uses of difference", the deployment of cultural stereotypes by Indian leaders seeking to reform and/or preserve Indian culture during and after British rule.

Cynthia Kinnan: India’s Economy | June 20 at 6pm
Cynthia Kinnan is a development economist with research interests in how households in developing countries use financial products and informal networks to insure risk, finance investment, and save. She has studied informal safety nets and the use of financial institutions in rural Thailand, the interaction of savings access and informal insurance in rural South India, and the impacts of microfinance in urban South India. She holds a PhD in economics from MIT. Cynthia joined Northwestern’s economics department in September of 2010.

Arnab Dey: Indian History | June 21 at 6pm
Arnab Dey has been at the University of Chicago since 2005. He is a joint PhD Candidate in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Department of History. His dissertation, currently supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation grant, is a story of the cultural and environmental history of the tea plantations in colonial Eastern India in the late nineteenth century. Arnab read for his BA and MA in English Literature at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and went on complete his MPhil, also in English, in the same university. From 2002-5, he taught both undergraduate and graduate (MA) courses in Commonwealth Literatures, American Fiction, Colonialism and British drama at St. Stephen's, Delhi.

Rajeev Kinra: Indian Politics | June 22 at 6pm
Rajeev K. Kinra is a member of Northwestern University’s history department, specializing in South Asian intellectual history, particularly early modern Indo-Persian literary culture and political Islam under the Mughal and British Empires (16th-19th centuries). His research draws on several linguistic traditions (especially Persian, but also Hindi-Urdu and Sanskrit), using archival sources to investigate diverse modes of civility, tolerance, cosmopolitanism, and modernity across the Indo-Persian world.

Rose J. Spalding: Nicaraguan History and Politics | June 19 and 20 at 6pm
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.

Mneesha Gellman: Nicaraguan Economy | June 21 at 6pm
Mneesha Gellman is a PhD candidate in political science at Northwestern University, where she works on comparative post-conflict democratization. Her dissertation examines the role of memory mobilization in cultural rights claims made by six post-violence ethnic minority communities in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador. Mneesha completed an MA in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2007, and she has worked as a journalist and conflict analyst on several continents.

Pleasant Radford, Jr.: Nicaraguan Culture, Society, Development | June 22 at 6pm
Pleasant Radford, Jr. has broad national and international experience working with marginalized populations to become inclusive members in society. From January 2007 to April 2009, Pleasant served as a Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer in Nicaragua. He worked with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and local and international NGOs to carry out multiple, grassroots, community health education and extension activities on sexual and reproductive health, hygiene, nutrition, and infant, adolescent, and maternal health. In September 2009, Pleasant joined the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) as the Pregnant & Parenting Youth Advocate. There, he educated young adolescent parents on how to advocate for better educational support within the Chicago Public Schools system. Currently, Pleasant works as Research Coordinator with the University of Chicago Medical Center's Urban Health Initiative, whose mission is to improve health on the South Side of Chicago by 2025.

Pamela Khanakwa: Ugandan History, Economy, and Politics | June 19 - 21 at 6pm
(See bio under language instructor section.)

Margaret Nassozi Amanyire: Ugandan Society, Culture, Gender | June 22 at 6pm
Margaret is a development worker with more than a decade’s experience working with communities to create social development. She began her career as a Government Civil Servant with Ministry of Gender and Community Development in Uganda, where she worked on issues of culture, women and gender, and youth and development. She later worked as District Community Development Officer in Western Uganda, before joining the Civil Society fraternity in 1998. She has since been working as Coordinator for a Civil Society networks, and has done consultancy work with European Union and CARE International. She has facilitated the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development, strategic and action plans for organizations. Margaret holds a Bachelors of Development Studies, the Commonwealth Diploma in Youth and Development, and a Diploma in Performing Art. She has passion for children and young adults.

Erin Eskilden: South African Culture | June 19 at 6pm
(See bio under language instructor section.)

Prexy Nesbitt: South African History | June 20 at 6pm
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.

Willem Ellis, Sr.: South African Economy | June 21 at 6pm
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.

Rachel Riedl: South African Politics | June 22 at 6pm
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.

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Mireille Cronin Mather | Executive Director, Foundation for Sustainable Develoment (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.

Ashley Walton |International Programs Officer for Grants and University Partnerships, FSD |
Ashley first discovered her passion for international development in 2005 during a four month volunteer program in East Africa, where she taught English and helped construct a primary school for the Maasai tribe in rural Tanzania. In 2008, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in African Area Studies. After graduating, Ashley worked on a new mobile augmented reality application called Point & Find at Nokia. While she enjoyed working in the corporate environment, her desire to work in the developing world led her back to Sierra Leone. She spent seven months there working with a communitybased NGO called Advocacy Movement Network. During this time, she started a 10 acre sustainable agriculture project benefiting a rural shelter home for orphaned children. Ashley is currently working towards a career in international development and is taking French classes in the hopes of someday working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some of her hobbies include rock climbing, triathlons, camping (or anything outdoors), snowboarding and playing Scrabble.

Saul Garlick | Executive Director, ThinkImpact |
Saul Garlick, President and Chief Executive Officer of ThinkImpact Company, first founded ThinkImpact, a non-profit predecessor to the company as a high school student. Saul has 9 years of experience building for-profit and non-profit organizations, has worked at the Department of State in the Bureau of African Affairs, served as Managing Editor of the SAIS Review of International Affairs and has received numerous leadership awards for his public service and success in social enterprise, including the William C. Foster Award, the Circles of Change Award, and the Fire Within Social Entrepreneurship Award. He was also a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a delegate to the Academy of Achievement. Saul serves on numerous boards and councils including the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Board of Stakeholders, the Opportunity Collaboration Education Advisory Board, and the Young Entrepreneurship Council. Saul is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post as well as Social Edge, a social enterprise website managed by the Skoll Foundation. Saul received his B.A. with honors in 2006 from Johns Hopkins University and his M.A. in American foreign policy and International Economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

Jessica Morse | Recruitment Manager,ThinkImpact |
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.

Kathrin Jansen | Team Advisor,ThinkImpact |
Kathrin’s education and work experiences have spanned across the globe. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Germany and is currently finishing up her MBA in Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Past experiences in Africa include a position as a Project Assistant for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Uganda. Current entrepreneurial initiatives include co-founding Do Good Lab, a volunteer organization that supports community-led sustainable initiatives in developing countries and managed a public outreach project at the Wikimedia Foundation. Kathrin will bring an exciting global perspective to South Africa this summer.

Susannah Ware | Team Advisor,ThinkImpact |
Susannah Ware received her BA in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Virginia and is now taking on the challenge of pursuing a MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Her educational background spanning three continents, North America, Europe and Australia is truly dynamic. At Thunderbird, Susannah plays an integral role in the campus culture, taking on leadership roles in the International Development Association, Thunderbird Student Government and the Africa Business Club. Past positions as the Community Engagement Coordinator with College Summit-National Capital Region and Chair of the D.C. Regional Board at Indego Africa have honed her critical thinking and management skills. Susannah has experience leading service learning trips in Rwanda, has completed four Olympic triathlons and knows American Sign Language.

Once in-country, who do I talk to?
1. FSD/ThinkImpact Site Team
The site teams looks after your health, safety, and logistical matters in country. You should let them know of any signs of illness, safety or home-stay 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 dozens of organizations and have professional backgrounds in development work. Use them as you see fit for advice and guidance.

2. NGO Supervisor / 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 site team for support if your NGO supervisor is not immediately available to assist you. 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 to students as needed.

3. GESI Staff & Faculty
Your interaction with GESI staff and faculty while abroad will be limited. Your group will submit a 1-2 page weekly update on the Blackboard site to keep GESI 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 NGO and community colleagues can truly understand your situation and challenges in country.

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, they should be instructed to contact Nicole Patel at 847.602.3616.

IN-COUNTRY SNAPSHOT • 2 or 3 day orientation in country • 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 and ThinkImpact site teams provide support and feedback as required • $200 seed grant per person for project initiation (only at FSD sites). Use of unused funds will be determined by GESI team and FSD site team in collaboration with host NGO • Mandatory supplemental educational and cultural sessions organized by site team on topics relevant to local development context as well as a weekend midpoint activity/trip


You will be evaluated based on satisfactory submission of the following (on Blackboard)

1.Project Proposal. This should be a maximum of 4 pages; initial proposals are due by the second week in country. Revised proposals should be submitted only when there are major changes in the project. 2. External work plan. Due by the third week incountry. These should be a maximum of two pages and conform to template provided. 3.Weekly group reports. 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: • What you accomplished the previous week • What you plan to accomplish in the week ahead • Who is responsible for accomplishing these things • What are the barriers/challenges that you are dealing with in terms of accomplishing the work plan, interacting with your organization, and within your group 4. Blog entries. Over the course of the summer, each person in your group should make at least one entry on your own blog AND one comment on another group’s blog (in your country, or elsewhere!). 5.One reflection assignment. Brian Hanson will send you an essay prompt midway through your time in country. You will need to submit a short written response through Blackboard. 6. Evaluation. Before you return to the US, the site teams will complete a 2-3 page evaluation with you.