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Cali, Colombia (Outgoing Program)
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|Area of Studies:||Organizational Leadership||Featured Programs by Department:||Organziational Leadership|
|Minimum GPA Requirement:||3.0||Faculty Leader(s):||Topuzova, Lazarina|
|Program Type:||Faculty-Led||Academic Level:||Graduate Student|
|Language of Instruction:||English|
Program Overview:The Leadership and Accompaniment course in partnership with Javeriana University in Cali was designed to meet the Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic mission of Gonzaga University. This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to earn three elective credits while practicing key concepts of leadership in an international service learning setting.
The main goal of the course is to increase student understanding of the nexus between macro, mezzo and micro factors that affect community development through learning about the context of the region and engaging with community leaders and student peers working alongside each other. Students will engage directly with local community leaders and will gain first hand experience of asset-based community development models. Students will learn how to conduct a needs assessment and how to apply leadership and social responsibility frameworks on the individual, mezzo and macro levels. Further, they will learn strategies for thinking and practicing ethical leadership, and will have increased self-awareness and cultural sensitivity through critical reflection and action.
Location:Colombia’s third-largest city, with a population of 2.3 million, Cali was founded in 1536 but only shed its provincial backwater status in the early 1900s, when the profits brought in by its sugar plantations prompted industrialization. Today it’s one of Colombia’s most prosperous cities and is famous for its salsa dancers.
The low-lying and extremely hot city (with temperatures routinely surpassing 40°C) straddles the Río Cali, a tributary of the Río Cauca, surrounded by the sugar plantations of the marshy Cauca Valley. The large numbers of African slaves brought to work the sugar mills left a notable impact on Cali’s culture, nowhere more so than in its music and you’ll hear Cuban-style salsa music blaring from the numerous salsatecas.
Course and Schedules:Students will spend two weeks working together with faculty and peers from Javeriana University in Cali, Colombia, a Jesuit university that Gonzaga has a long-standing partnership agreement with. The course includes excursions to local historical sites and museums, a couple of smaller cultural events and a trip to a finca cafetera (coffee farm).
Orientation/ Pre-departure: Online on Blackboard (one week)
Week 1 in Colombia: Introduction to the local context (guest lectures); day visits to the local community-based organization (CBO);
Week 2 in Colombia: reflection and work with Javeriana peers and faculty on project and experience; manage and analyze the data collected;
Saturdays - day trips to historic sites and/ or cultural events; Sundays: day off.
Online follow-up: on Blackboard (5 weeks): Reflection on the two-week experience; Prepare final report in English to be shared with Javeriana
Housing and Meals:Housing is at Villa Javier which is on the Javeriana University campus.
Cost:Cost includes: Tuition for three graduate credits, accommodations for the 2 weeks in Colombia, most group meals, local group transportation.
Additional Information:Not included in the cost: Airfare to Cali, Colombia (airport code: CLO).
Passport must be valid for six months after the end of the study abroad program.