WSU: Faculty Led Haiti: Global Citizenship and Accompaniment

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Seven years ago, Americans sent tens of millions of dollars in donations and governments across the globe gave additional billions in foreign aid to Haiti to provide relief efforts after the country’s devastating earthquake. Currently, over 85,000... read more

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Seven years ago, Americans sent tens of millions of dollars in donations and governments across the globe gave additional billions in foreign aid to Haiti to provide relief efforts after the country’s devastating earthquake. Currently, over 85,000 Haitians still live in displacement and poverty. What is the answer? What is our responsibility? What is the bridge that connects ‘us’ and ‘them?’ This course will provide a foundation for answering these questions through experiential learning and application. This Global Citizenship and Accompaniment course, in partnership with international development nonprofit Projects for Haiti, will explore concepts of global citizenship and accompaniment alongside Haitian organizations, communities, and families. This course will explore the history of the country’s development, leading to recent history of foreign aid and its impact on Haitian cultural, social, and economic life. To provide a global perspective, we will compare the impact and insights of multiple international development organizations (nonprofit, governmental) in the city’s capital, Port-au-Prince, contrasting with several informal, community-based development organizations as we travel to Cap Haitien, along the northern coast of Haiti. Here, students will engage with the local Cap Haitien community, as they capitalize on their own strengths and knowledge through facilitating experiential trainings with the local community. Understanding and implementing the Principle of Accompaniment in this course, where outreach is a collaborative process of shared learning, students will then participate in Learning Circles with the Cap Haitien community to shed light to the local understanding of aid. Complemented by the beauty of Haitian culture and landscapes, students will begin to identify the complexities of global citizenship, putting global citizenship into practice through application and the building of local relationships. This course will open your eyes and heart to the beautiful culture of a people we will accompany, grow with, and learn together.

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  • Maymester
  • Short Term
Minimum GPA:
2.0
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