Community Partner Featured Study USA

Community Partner Feature: Michael Dahl

Collaboration with community partners brings HECUA’s model of transformational learning to life. We know that the 15-20 hours a week students spend interning with a local organization is just as valuable as the time they spend inside the classroom. Periodically, we feature the community partners who make experiential learning possible. Meet HECUA internship site supervisor, […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

A Thank You Note

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Elle Nelson is HECUA’s student blogger for the Inequality in America program this fall. Elle is a student at Bethel University, majoring in Biology and Reconciliation Studies. Read on her for final post! It’s Friday, December […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

A Semester in Reflection

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Dustyn Montgomery is HECUA’s student blogger for the Environmental Sustainability: Ecology, Policy, and Social Transformation program this fall. Dustyn is a student from The University of St. Thomas majoring in Justice and Peace Studies. Read […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

“Those People”

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Elle Nelson is HECUA’s student blogger for the Inequality in America program this fall. Elle is a student at Bethel University, majoring in Biology and Reconciliation Studies. Read on her for next post! The mornings […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

The Importance of Perspective

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Dustyn Montgomery is HECUA’s student blogger for the Environmental Sustainability: Ecology, Policy, and Social Transformation program this fall. Dustyn is a student from The University of St. Thomas majoring in Justice and Peace Studies. Read on […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

The Importance of Sharing Meals

Much of our learning in the Environmental Sustainability program focuses on permaculture design. In permaculture design, land is broken into zones. All of the zones rely most heavily on zone zero, which is our inner selves and our own bodies and the way in which we interact with all outer zones. One of the best ways to nourish and regenerate zone zero is through sharing meals, having intentional conversations, and building community among one another. By eating together, we not only serve ourselves, but we serve all of those around us. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Internship Day Two: A Trip to the Capitol

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Elle Nelson is HECUA’s student blogger for the Inequality in America program this fall. Elle is a student at Bethel University, majoring in Biology and Reconciliation Studies. Read on her for first post! I’m […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

A New Beginning, An Opportunity for Growth

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Dustyn Montgomery is HECUA’s student blogger for the Environmental Sustainability program. Dustyn is a student at The University of St. Thomas, majoring in Justice and Peace Studies. Read on for his first post! The […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Navigating Assumptions

When I see someone who does not have what I have, I think “they probably want x, y, and z because I enjoy/have those things.” Because of my experience, imagining new housing and coffee shops sounds like a great way to bring people out of a mode of survival in the Jackson neighborhood where we stayed, but that’s because I’m only seeing the neighborhood from MY lens. How would I have ever been able to guess their needs? Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Entering Spaces

Think of where you are sitting/standing right now and all the other people who have occupied that same space. Now think that those people were property to another human being. My eyes saw the same fields stretching out in front of me. My skin felt the same Louisiana sun beating down. The weight of past lives that have been lived and injustices that have been suffered hit me like a semi truck. Read More »

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