Online. On campus. On your terms.


During this experience, you will gain practical training that will help you better understand the development needs of a local community. You will work with community groups in Cali, putting your leadership skills to work, listening to the needs of those on the ground and helping to facilitate agreed upon solutions. You will leave Cali more culturally aware and sensitive.  This year we are working with:

  • Estereo Oriente – local radio station
  • Multipropaz – school based cultural enrichment and media education program
  • Tikal – community documentaries
  • Mejoda – local arts group

This program is run in partnership with Javeriana University and you will be working with fellow graduate students and faculty from the university.  This course is eligible as an elective for the Global Leadership Concentration.

Program Overview

Program Type

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


June 3-17, 2018


ORGL 690: Development Communication


Courses will be taught in English.


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

Estimated Cost

Tuition: $2,820; Program fee: $0

Financial Aid

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

Application Deadline

Application deadline and deposit deadline: February 1, 2018. To apply, visit the main Study Abroad page here.


Graduate or doctoral students



“I would absolutely recommend the experience to fellow Zags.  I felt like we had such meaningful dialogue in this experience and I look forward to future dialogue about a Colombia trip next summer.”                                 Nicholas Whittington/Cali ’16




“I would highly recommend and do feel it is quite a productive experience to be a part of this immersion.  I bring back with me more patience and understanding.”  Melinda Smith/Cali ’16

Course Descriptions & Faculty

Course Description

Development Communication

Emphasizing face-to-face as well as the use of digital communication tools, the course provides classroom instruction and practical training to help leaders better understand community development needs, as well as how individuals and organizations might work inclusively in partnership with local community institutions to engage and build up local community capacity and empowerment.


  • Visit and work with community partner (half day)

And one or two of the following:

  • Classroom instruction (2 hours)
  • Group reflection and working on projects
  • Organized cultural activities and tours
  • Free time
  • See course syllabus

Pavel Shlossberg, PhD

Dr. Shlossberg completed his Ph.D. in the Doctoral Communications program at Columbia University in New York City and is the author of Crafting Identity. Prior to his appointment at Gonzaga, he had been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico and a lecturer at the University of Virginia. As part of the research for his dissertation in the Ph.D. program at Columbia University, Professor Shlossberg investigated social justice in the context of indigenous issues in Mexico — work that aligns with the global focus of the M.A. in Communication and Leadership program. This work is now a book under contract with the University of Arizona Press. His work has appeared in several journals, including Cultural Studies, Visual Anthropology Review, International Journal of Communication, and Souls. He has also received Top Papers Awards at NCA and ECA. Professor Schlossberg’s expertise in Latin American Studies, diversity, and ethics help inform his teaching in the COML program. He currently teaches COML 506 International and Intercultural Communication, COML 503 Communication and Ethics, and COML 508 Theorizing Communication.

About Cali

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 city is located at an altitude of 3,340 feet and has a relatively mild, subtropical climate. It 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.

Cost Details

The Program costs include:

  • 3 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.

Contact Student Services

Available: 7 days a week
M-F 6am-8pm PST
Sat-Sun 7am-4pm PST
Call or Text: (509) 313-3573
Toll Free: (866) 380-5323
Fax: (509) 313-6232

Program information subject to change.

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