Study Abroad

How many enologists does it take to screw in an airlock? – Quentin in Italy

Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Quentin Ikuta will be HECUA’s student blogger for our Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Justice in Italy program this fall semester. Quentin is a University of Minnesota – Twin Cities student majoring in Applied Economics and […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

Human Rights and Communication: My Internship in Ecuador

Artist-designed posters based on feminism and living in a digital world, created for a workshop sponsored by internship site El Churo.  Abigail Blonigen is HECUA’s student blogger from the Community Internships in Latin America program in Ecuador this fall. Abigail, a Spanish, English, and Global, Cultural & Language Studies major from the College of St. […] Read More »

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Adrian Benjamin

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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HECUA classrooms

Ask me about my genitals: an experiment in vulnerability, openness, and discomfort

I created a public space to speak about my experience as a trans person in society. I was interested in finding out what assumptions people make about my gender, so I asked people to draw what they think is between my legs. In return, I answered any questions that they had about my identity or experience with gender. Read More »

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Study Abroad

How in the HECkUA did I get to Northern Ireland? – Student Blogger Molly

HECUA’s classroom is far from conventional. We had multiple field trips and meet with many people working in areas of commemoration, reconciliation, education, and more. It has been amazing reading texts for reference and then talking with such honest people about their lived experience. Read More »

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HECUA classrooms

HECUA classroom series: Intersectional feminism and surviving abuse.

Applying this intersectional lens to this topic of abuse was odd for me. I know that my life, and lens in which I view the world is different than my mom’s, but to realize that her whiteness accelerated her escape from abuse, but my blackness, womanhood, and past experience with abuse could have potentially shoved me back into the cycle, with less likelihood of coming out, is flooring. Read More »

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HECUA classrooms

HECUA Classrooms series: These Shoes Project

Kaitlyn Gayle Howell is an intern at Avalon School. She asks various students if it would be ok to take a photo of their shoes, and to ask a few questions about them. For the next five to twenty minutes, students talk not only about their shoes but also their life story. Read More »

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HECUA classroom series: This is Someone’s Life.

This is not an immigration crisis, it is a humanitarian crisis. The presence of immigrants in this country has nothing to do with problems on the US-Mexico border, and everything to do with the borders within our hearts. Read More »

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Student Blogger

A Fancier French Fry – More from Italy blogger Cat

I remember in sharp clarity the person I was three and a half months ago, and I’ll be honest; she’s not that different from the person I am today, even now that I’ve nearly finished studied abroad. Read More »

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Student Blogger

Phone free in France – Italy student blogger Cat Braza

The first day of our fall break—which marked the halfway point in our semester abroad—a millennial’s worst nightmare happened: I left my phone on the bus. Read More »

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