WWU Global Learning Program: Winter, Kenya Social Justice & Society
Course: INTL 437H, 15 credits
Program Dates: January 9 - March 23, 2018
Travel Dates: January 15 - March 2, 2018
Kenya Social Justice and Society is a two-month field program in rural Kenya. We will be learning about Luo and Maasai culture and history and the fundamental social justice issues they face. The program is centered on knowledge of local experts and work with grassroots organizations on community-led projects. The primary focuses will be on building meaningful relationships and the ethics of international service.
The program is run in partnership with the Institute for Village Studies
. Course themes are interdisciplinary and include subjects such as gender and race dynamics; colonialism, slavery, modern history; analysis of foreign aid through case studies; global health; food security; citizenship and social advocacy. We are looking for students that are interested in service and social justice, can cope with adversity, and work well in a team. If this is you, join us next winter in Kenya!
- Study social justice, society, and international service in rural Kenya
- Work with Ombogo Girls Academy and ABBA Self Help Group on community building and education projects
- Learn about Luo and Maasai culture, history, and religion
- Travel to Kochia, a rural village along the shores of Lake Victoria, and Narok in the Great Rift Valley
- 15 upper division credits
Liz Mogford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in 1990, a M.A. in Sociology and a M.P.H. in International Health at the University of Washington in 2002 and completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington in 2007.
Professor Mogford’s teaching and research are interdisciplinary, combining sociology and public health. Her research interests include the social determinants of health, global health, global citizenship and social justice, and violence against women. She is a leader in WWU faculty-led international service learning study abroad programs and has accompanied students to Kenya/Rwanda four times and to the Indian Himalayas twice. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon and has conducted research in India, Mexico, and Kenya. In addition to teaching and research, Liz works on advocacy and outreach for advancing global health equity. Currently this includes being a board member of three non-profit organizations, the Institute for Village Studies, Health Alliance International
, and Just Health Action
. Just Health Action
is a Seattle-based health advocacy organization that she co-founded in 2005.
Steve Bennett, Faculty Instructor
My research interest is the intersection of the environment, humanity, and infectious pathogens (especially zoonotic and vector borne). I am specifically interested in how humans increase the prevalence of pathogens by altering the environment around us. Currently, I am looking at the emergence and spread of tick borne disease in the Twin Cities Metro areas over the past 25 years as it relates to suburban sprawl, land use and development, animal biodiversity and climate change.
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