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HECUA welcomes Knox College as a new affiliate member.

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Knox College joins the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) as an Affiliate Member.

Posted Feb. 6, 2017 –– The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) is delighted to welcome Knox College into consortium me­­mbership as an affiliate member. Knox College students will be invited to participate in four of HECUA’s social justice centered programs abroad: Culture and the Environment in New Zealand; The New Norway: National Identity, Globalization, and the Politics of Belonging; Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland; and Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Justice in Italy.

This partnership is a natural fit, given the close alignment of Knox College and HECUA’s missions and values. Knox College is committed to providing an environment where students and faculty work closely together and where teaching is characterized by inviting and expecting students to pursue fundamental questions in order to reach their own reflective but independent judgments. This approach to teaching and learning complements HECUA’s own commitment to pedagogy that centers values of justice in classrooms and communities, and creates a space for students to see that they are capable of change.

In the words of HECUA’s Executive Director, Andrew Williams: “We are thrilled to work with Knox College and the staff of the Stellyes Center for Global Studies to advance our partnership in providing students with transformative off-campus study opportunities.”

Knox College is the first college or university in the country to have an official Peace Corps Preparatory Program, a program aligned with the goals of the Peace Corps under its charter. This program and Knox College’s mission demonstrate a clear commitment to preparing students for lives of ongoing intercultural exchange and service. HECUA is proud to play a role in this work by offering Knox students the opportunity to thoughtfully engage the role of US citizens abroad through semester-long programs in Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Italy, and Norway.

Dr. Bren Tooley, Director of the Stellyes Center for Global Studies at Knox College, highlights the connection between Knox’s mission and HECUA’s programs, saying, “I am deeply pleased by this new affiliation and certain that HECUA’s study abroad programs will offer valuable opportunities for Knox students to immerse themselves in reflective study and community engagement, significantly deepening the array of study abroad possibilities for all majors.”

HECUA staff and faculty look forward to welcoming Knox College students, and working in collaboration with colleagues who share a commitment to empowering students to see their potential for leadership both in the United States and abroad.



Founded in 1971, the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) offers eleven semester-long off-campus study programs for college undergraduates. HECUA programs in the United States and abroad are dedicated to building academic-community partnerships for social change.


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