The Leadership and Accompaniment course in partnership with Javeriana University in Cali was designed to meet the Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic mission of Gonzaga University. The main goal of the course is to increase student understanding of the nexus between macro, mezzo and micro factors that affect community development through learning about the context of the region and engaging with community leaders and student peers working alongside each other. Students will learn how to conduct a needs assessment and how to apply leadership and social justice frameworks to work in local and global contexts. Further, they will learn strategies for thinking and practicing ethical leadership, and will have increased self-awareness and cultural sensitivity through critical reflection and action.
An examination of the foundation, principles and practice of servant leadership.
- Orientation/ Pre-departure: Online on Blackboard (one week)
- Week 1 in Colombia: Introduction to the local context (guest lectures); day visits to the local community-based organization (CBO);
- Week 2 in Colombia: reflection and work with Javeriana peers and faculty on project and experience; manage and analyze the data collected;
- Saturdays – day trips to historic sites and/ or cultural events; Sundays: day off.
- Online follow-up: on Blackboard (5 weeks): Reflection on the two-week experience; Prepare final report in English to be shared with Javeriana.
Lazarina Topuzova, PhD
Dr. Topuzova joined Gonzaga in 2009. She holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has an MA in American Literature from Sofia University, Bulgaria and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the European Peace University, Austria.
Her research interests and expertise are in working with communities, youth, families, refugees, internally displaced persons, as well as services targeted toward those populations. Competency-based and online education, as well as developing leadership capacity in community and grassroots organizations, are among the areas of research that Dr. Topuzova is presently engaged in.
Born in Bulgaria, Dr. Topuzova is fluent in several Slavic languages (Russian, Macedonian, and Serbo-Croatian) in addition to her native Bulgarian. Thanks to her experience working with diverse populations, she has a working knowledge of German, Farsi, and Spanish. Dr. Topuzova is also the co-editor of AUDEM: the International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy.
John Horsman, PhD
Dr. Horsman’s first career was farming in Saskatchewan. After 13 years he moved his family to Gonzaga University in Washington to study philosophy. He obtained a graduate business diploma at the University of Western Ontario and returned to Gonzaga for a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a doctorate in Leadership Studies. His dissertation was on Servant-leadership and Spirit in Organizations. As a college/university instructor, he has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels. At the graduate level he has taught for Gonzaga’s Masters in Organizational Leadership program, the Health Care program at British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Masters of Administrative Leadership program at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC Canada. He also taught undergraduate business courses for five years at Chemainus Native College on Vancouver Island, business courses for three years at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and four years of leadership courses at Trinity Western University. Dr. Horsman’s administrative and leadership experience in higher education includes course development, program development, academic programming, recruitment, student life, organizational development, and strategic planning. He enjoys topics in servant-leadership and working with adult students. He is familiar with the challenges of being a non-traditional student as he completed his entire university education as a non-traditional student. His wife and all four children are also graduates of Gonzaga.