International Leadership Exchange
An anchor initiative within the Office of Global Initiatives and Experiential Learning, the International Leadership Exchange: Global Scholars Program (ILE) has completed over 300+ community-engaged service hours with the 30+ international community, nonprofit and public organization partners.
Comprised of courses, field-study and co-curricular programs, this dynamic series of international programs challenges participants to broaden their theoretical and practical understanding of community-engaged leadership in the field. Rooted in social change theory and practice, this experience, which includes in-country lectures and discussions, prepares students to construct and implement community engagement initiatives as inclusive team leaders, social change agents, and scholar-practitioners.
ILE teams have deployed 26 We Care Solar suitcases, completed 7 school revitalization efforts, and executed 5 community gardening restoration projects impacting over 40,000 people in Tanzania, Nicaragua, India, and Puerto Rico.
An interdisciplinary initiative, each experience addresses themes related to sustainable living, public health, community leadership, and education.
Tanzania & Zanzibar
Community Leadership in Culturally Complex Spaces
Based in Tanzania and Zanzibar, this partnership with the Massailand communities, Korona School District, Zanzibar University and ILE nonprofit, prepares students to understand the challenges of creating social change in culturally complex communities. While engaging concepts of sustainable living, community leadership, and cultural competency, teams will collaborate with indigenous communities is a series of cultural immersion and sustainable living projects.
Community Resilience & Wellness
HEALTH, WELLNESS & SUSTAINABLE LIVING
The ILE initiative to Puerto Rico allows students to examine the inner workings of the community, nonprofit and public organizations facilitating disaster relief efforts in rural communities impacted by hurricane Maria (2017). The primary goal is to engage various forms of leadership and their approach to implementing community-based services for under-sourced areas.
Human & Environmental Security
India allows students to critically examine the inner workings of a unique group of urban public organizations striving for social change. Participants have an opportunity to engage non-profit leaders, stakeholders, and members of the communities they serve. One of the primary goals of this initiative is to explore various forms of grassroots community leadership within India with the intent of understanding how communities can effectively create programs that address their needs.
PUBLIC HEALTH & REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
In Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Central America, preventable maternal mortality and childbirth complications plague the nation. This experiential learning partnership allows students to see first-hand the challenges developing nations face in public health. Each team will be partnered with nonprofit and public organization leaders committed to promoting reproductive rights and public health. This experience allows students to work collaboratively with healthcare professionals that are implementing change on the ground.