Northern Ireland Student Blogger Study Abroad

AV’s Unofficial Guide to Managing Quarantine Longing

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. AV Lee-A-Yong is HECUA’s student blogger for the Conflict, Peace and Transition program in Northern Ireland this spring. Ze is a student at Swarthmore College, majoring in peace and conflict studies, minoring in psycholgoy. Read on […] Read More »

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Community Partner Making Media Making Change

Community Partner Feature: Joua Lee Grande

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. Joua Lee Grande (she/her/hers) co-teaches […] Read More »

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Art for Social Change Student Blogger Study USA

Feeling Good Where I’m At

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Eleanor Giese is HECUA’s student blogger for Art for Social Change this spring. They are a student at University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, majoring in art, minoring in social justice. Read on for their […] Read More »

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Environmental Sustainability 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

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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