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“as the planet reaches its capacity [to accommodate] the human species, problems are arising that affect us all. I think younger generations are realizing we must work together if we hope to sustain” the planet

in a hot and crowded health clinic with unreliable electrical power. “It is humbling to think about how these women have to walk for miles and miles, barefoot with babies on their backs, so their children can receive the appropriate immunizations they need,” the women wrote in their blog. “There is nothing to sit on but the dirt while they are waiting for their turn. We have the luxury of just hopping on the highway and going into a doctor’s office to do this very same thing. It really put things into perspective for us. All the basic necessities for child care such as strollers, pacifiers, diapers, bottles, and blankets are not an option for these women and children.” The students administered polio, measles, and tetanus vaccines, typically without gloves or alcohol swabs and sometimes from the backs of pickup trucks in the middle of rural roads. They nursed small children dying of malaria, helped women deliver babies without epidurals or pain medications, and crafted makeshift IV poles using strips of gauze attached to knobs on the wall. A number of the students have gone back to work in Uganda and other African nations after graduating. Meyer-Lee hopes to expand the program to include students majoring in social work and communications and to hook students up with sisters who minister to prisoners in the country. “We make sure that the students are under no illusion that they are saving the world, but rather stress how much they will learn and that they should continue to apply that learning in the future to contribute,” Meyer-Lee said. “There is no doubt that this invaluable partnership with the sisters has allowed us to offer essential education about peace and social justice that we would not otherwise be able to offer on our campus.”

Donna Anderson has found the same to be true at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, which teamed with a nonprofit called A Broader View to help students meet their six-week field study requirements for a new minor in social and environmental justice. The minor was made possible by a $37,500 gift from UW-Platteville alum Fred Leverentz and his wife, Sharon Grimes. A Broader View has contacts in underdeveloped nations who can be invaluable to a U.S. student traveling abroad: They know the local people, the language, the culture, where it’s dangerous to travel, where the water’s safe to drink, and where to find the best medical care. “We have an education abroad office, but we’re small and not able to administer programs in all the areas of the world for all the areas of study that serve our students,” said Anderson, the university’s education abroad director. “Most campuses now partner with [outside organizations] to set up programs in different areas of the world. Having someone on the ground who knows the local environment and knows the culture isn’t something we can do in all the places around the world that we want our students to visit.” Laura Schreiber was the first University of Wisconsin student to finish the minor’s requirements. She traveled to the tiny Costa Rican town of Gandoca in the summer of 2011 to help leatherback sea turtles thrive off the Atlantic Coast. Schreiber spent her days cleaning debris from beaches—especially plastic bags that banana plantations use to wrap their crops, but which blow on to beaches and choke turtles who mistake the bags for jellyfish. She taught local schoolchildren about threats to the turtles and monitored turtle eggs to protect them from mammals, flies, and crabs. Nights were spent patrolling beaches to protect eggs from poachers, who sell them as an aphrodisiac.

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From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Voices: Rollins College President Lewis Duncan
Finding a Home in Higher Education
Promoting Peace Th Rough Partnerships
New York University Becomes a Global Network University
International Education Fairs
Education Abroad
A View From Out Here
In Focus
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