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Breakfast with Tuscan Cowboys – Study Abroad in Italy

Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Kevin Corrigan will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Justice program this fall semester. Kevin is a studnt at Denison University, majoring in Environmental Sustainability and minoring in Philosophy. Read […] Read More »

Student Blogger

Warm Welcomes, Shaken Tailfeathers – First Days in Ecuador

In my home community, tail-wiggling is not a typical activity to partake in in front of a group of new acquaintances ranging from 6-77 years. It is, in fact, closer to a nightmare scenario. Read More »

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Aida Al-Kadi

Welcome to HECUA’s Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with a HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This […] Read More »

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Behind the Scenes

Remembering the Crisis Colony

Did you know? The very first HECUA program, offered in 1968, was called the "Crisis Colony."   During a period of intense national unrest, grief, anger, and upheaval following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., thirty Crisis Colony students lived together in a vacated Jewish synagogue in North Minneapolis, learning from community members, Dr. Torstenson, and each other.   Read More »

Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Kara Hakanson

Welcome to HECUA’s Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with a HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This month […] Read More »

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Moira Pirsch

Welcome to HECUA’s Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with a HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This month […] Read More »

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Minrose Straussman

When I signed up for HECUA-Metro Urban Studies Term (now Inequality in America) in 2012, I was hoping to learn how to put my passion for equity in education into action. The notion of praxis HECUA taught me—the idea that I can put social justice values into action through my work—is something I now use daily as a curriculum consultant and writer, helping organizations design their English language arts, English as a Second Language, and social studies courses. Read More »

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Student Blogger

Syd Finishes Their Making Media Internship

Every semester, one student from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Syd Stratman will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Making Media, Making Change program this spring semester. Syd is a senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Studies in Cinema and Media Culture […] Read More »

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Student Blogger

Wellington to Vermont: a final post from Michaela.

This program made me more aware of how much I don’t know about the indigenous people who lived on the land that I now live on, and how important it is to learn about indigenous rights in the United States. Going abroad made me more independent and confident, and gave me life-long friends and memories. Read More »

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Study Abroad

Irish Goodbyes: A final post from Becca

Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Becca Carcaterra will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Northern Ireland program this spring semester. Becca is a senior at St. Olaf College, majoring in English with a Race and Ethnic Studies concentration. Read on […] Read More »

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