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

HECUA Classrooms and the Art of Hosting

“Teach because that is going to make you a better learner. Learn because that is going to make you a better teacher,” Eric said. It takes creative practice to work in any field just as much as it does to simply live your everyday life. “Always have a creative practice no matter what you do,” were Marcus’s final words. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Re-Performing Famous Works: Art for Social Change

The best way to learn about famous art is by recreating it yourself. That is exactly what my HECUA Art for Social Change classmates and I did on two recent Thursdays. Our class visited the Weisman Art Museum to workshop and perform different art performances created by incredibly well-known artists around the world. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Mental Health, Self Care, and HECUA: More from Tori

What I love about HECUA’s Inequality in America program is not just the class material, the internship placement, or the incredible cognitive growth you go through, but the way in which the program director Phil Sandro makes time for students’ mental health. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Unlocking Group Power: Social and Political Participation

In HECUA’s Inequality in America program we draw on Paul Loeb’s book Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times to dismantle the feelings of powerlessness that keep people from engaging in social movements. Loeb writes about the “false myth” that a person taking a political stand has to be a “larger-than-life figure—someone with more time, energy, courage, vision, or knowledge than any normal person could ever possess.” Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Lost in Translation: Becca in Northern Ireland

Since I’m a native English speaker studying abroad in an English-speaking place, many people would assume language would not be at the front my mind. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

The Value of Feeling Uncomfortable – Alexa in Ecuador

Photo credit: Alexa Jokinen. Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Alexa Jokinen will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Community Internships in Latin America program this spring semester. Alexa is a sophomore at the College of St. Scholastica in […] Read More »

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Study USA

Farming, Phone-banking, and Body Painting: HECUA internship update

Each HECUA program in the United States includes significant time in the field during a 20 hour-per-week internship placement. Each student in our semester-long domestic programs works with HECUA’s Manager of Internships and Community Partnerships, Emily Seru, to select an internship site and project that meets their learning goals. On a blustery October day, we […] Read More »

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Study USA

Art for Social Change: Radical Vulnerability

Four weeks of planning, work, and final tweaks later, and twelve installation pieces created by students were installed on every floor of Pillsbury House + Theatre’s four story building. Community members, families, friends, and professors walked slowly through the space, soaking in the exhibits. Read More »

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