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than a decade working with Carnegie Mellon University.
But for more than a decade, she has done these types of
social justice projects through a nonprofit program she
founded in Pittsburgh called Art Up. The downtown program, which is expanding to Baltimore, "uses the arts for
social practice type of work."
"The whole purpose of this work is exposing young
people to well-established artists and forging the exchange
of ideas by having them work side by side together," she
says. "That's what we're planning to do with Civil Rights
and Civil Wrongs. The idea is to inspire, not intimidate."

Changing Lives
Words like "inspire" are frequently used by education
abroad participants, who learn as many life lessons as
skills that will benefit them professionally.
"Many of our students come home with the realization
that theatre is not valued in the same way here as it is in
other countries. They are inspired to engage in this type
of practice, and they come back with specific approaches
and tools they can use to make a big change," Whalen says.
"They use different pieces and parts of things they learn in
their experience abroad and turn it into an art form that
becomes something different."

Velez says her experiences abroad taught her "how
much you can really work in collaboration with people
and build something you're really proud of in real time
and in a real space."
"I always wondered how something that will not last,
a performance that is only a few minutes or hours, could
make a difference in someone's life, but when you use those
moments of empowerment and performance together
with taking classes on how to make changes in policy and
practice, then it starts to come into focus," she says. "This
taught me that tangible change doesn't have to be divorced
from art or form or beauty. It can be student led and community led. It taught me that you can make a difference."
Kridlo says performing "felt so good again" that she's
looking for opportunities to marry international exchange
programs with theatre after she graduates in December.
Her final capstone project, focusing on genocide, has a
performance element that comes directly from her experience in Ecuador.
"What I learned through this study abroad program
was that there is a purpose for the arts in everything. It's
something I knew, that the arts have real power for social
change, but it wasn't until I did this program that I saw it
firsthand. It can change your life. It changed mine." IE
GLENN COOK is a freelance writer and photographer based in
Northern Virginia.

Uwamahoro was recognized early on for
her talents and skills. At the age of 17 she
was among 12 Rwandan students who were
selected to take part in the Youth Leadership Program to the United States, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and
implemented by the nonprofit World Learning. Through the program, the group members traveled to the United States to receive
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGEL UWAMAHORO

intense training to help them develop their
leadership and civic engagement skills.
In 2012 her acting skills earned her a
presidential scholarship to study theater in
the United States after performing for the
heads of state of Rwanda and Uganda for
the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan
Patriotic Front, which defeated extremist
Hutus and ended the country's genocide.
She applied to several U.S. universities and
enrolled at Fordham in 2013.
Even while studying in the United States,
she has continued to perform. Among her
accomplishments, Uwamahoro has read
one of her poems at the launch of Kwibuka
20, a United Nations' commemoration of
the Rwandan genocide. She's performed at
the Rwanda Youth Forum in Dallas in 2015,
which focused on the role Rwanda's youth
have played in the progress of the country.
And she's also appeared in the offBroadway play, Our Lady of Kibeho, which
dramatizes events that took place in Rwan-

da in the 1980s. The Virgin Mary reportedly
appeared to a group of female students
at Kibeho College and warned them of an
upcoming apocalypse, which some believe
actually prophesized the 1994 genocide.
After she graduates from Fordham, Uwamahoro wants to return to her homeland
and establish her own theater and performing arts school to help Rwandans learn to
do a better job of expressing their emotions.
"As Rwandans, we have a very reserved
culture. It's very important that people learn
now to express themselves," she says. "I
believe that theater and the expression of
art helps to heal. I believe it's a method of
therapy."
IE
SUSAN LADIKA is a freelance writer in Tampa,
Florida. Her last story for International Educator
was "Toward a Better World" in the May/June
2016 issue.

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From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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