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Cali, Colombia

Cali, Colombia


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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. This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to earn three elective credits while practicing key concepts of leadership in an international service learning setting.

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 engage directly with local community leaders and will gain first hand experience of asset-based community development models. Students will learn how to conduct a needs assessment and how to apply leadership and social responsibility frameworks on the individual, mezzo and macro levels. 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.

Program Overview

Program Type

Short-term, faculty-led program administered by Gonzaga University

Dates

TBA, Summer 2016

Subjects

ORGL 690 Leadership and Accompaniment NOTE: This course is open to COML students.

Language

Courses will be taught in English.

Housing

Housing is at Villa Javier which is on the Javeriana University campus.

Estimated Cost

2016 cost, one course: $3,330, both courses: $6,090 (Cost includes 3 or 6 credits graduate tuition, accommodations for 2 weeks in Colombia, most group meals, local transportation, student insurance.)

Financial Aid

Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program.

Application Deadline

The 2016 deadline has passed. Applications are considered on a rolling admissions basis. To apply, visit the main Study Abroad page here.

Eligibility

Graduate or doctoral students
Contact Student Services

Available: 7 days a week
M-F 6am-8pm PST
Sat-Sun 7am-4pm PST
Local: (509) 313-3573
Toll free: 866-380-5323
Fax: (509) 313-6232
guonlinestudentservices@gonzaga.edu

Colombia’s third-largest city, with a population of 2.3 million, Cali was founded in 1536 but only shed its provincial backwater status in the early 1900s, when the profits brought in by its sugar plantations prompted industrialization. Today it’s one of Colombia’s most prosperous cities and is famous for its salsa dancers.

The low-lying and extremely hot city (with temperatures routinely surpassing 40°C) straddles the Río Cali, a tributary of the Río Cauca, surrounded by the sugar plantations of the marshy Cauca Valley. The large numbers of African slaves brought to work the sugar mills left a notable impact on Cali’s culture, nowhere more so than in its music and you’ll hear Cuban-style salsa music blaring from the numerous salsatecas.

2016 cost, one course: $3,330, both courses: $6,090 (Cost includes 3 or 6 credits graduate tuition, accommodations for 2 weeks in Colombia, most group meals, local transportation, student insurance.)

The Program costs include:

  • 3 or 6 graduate credits
  • accommodations for 2 weeks
  • most group meals
  • local group transportation
  • student insurance
Costs not included:
  • airfare

Passport must be valid for six months after the end of the study abroad program.

Course Description

ORGL 690

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.

ORGL 530

An examination of the foundation, principles and practice of servant leadership.

Course Schedule
  • 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.
Faculty

TopuzovaLazarina 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.

HorsmanJohn 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.

Program information subject to change.