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WKU faculty, students participate in winter program in Peru

WKU faculty and students recently participated in an Amazon Winterim in Peru.

WKU graduate students (from left) Chad Green and Brandi Button accompanied Dr. Jane Olmsted and Dr. Kay Gandy on a recent trip to Peru.

Dr. Jane Olmsted, professor in Gender and Women’s Studies, and Dr. Kay Gandy, associate professor in the School of Teacher Education, attended the Winterim study abroad to get information to design a collaborative course for doctoral students in the Educational Leadership program and master’s students in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities.

Both programs, the SRSC and Educational Leadership, are firsts for WKU. The SRSC is the first interdisciplinary master’s program devoted to sustainability and community leadership, while Educational Leadership was the University’s first stand-alone doctoral program. Both programs seek to prepare “students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen leaders of a global society.”

Graduate students Chad Green of Louisville and Brandi Button of Glasgow accompanied Dr. Olmsted and Dr. Gandy on the trip to Peru.

The proposed study abroad course, “Community, Place and Leadership on the Amazon Frontier,” will provide students an opportunity to include an international aspect in their program of study, to meet with international leaders and to do service work in rural and urban communities.

The Amazon Winterim, a joint offering of The Honors College at Florida International University and the National Collegiate Honors Council Semesters Committee, was a unique opportunity for students to engage in experiential learning that emphasized independent research projects focused on the contrast between urban and rural areas of the Peruvian Amazon. The course took place Dec. 28-Jan. 15 in Iquitos, Peru (the major city of the western Amazon) and at the Madre Selva Biological Station (Orosa River).

More: Photos from the trip are posted on the WKU Facebook page.

Contact: Kay Gandy, (270) 745-2991; or Jane Olmsted, (270) 745-5787.

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