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The DR is In

Global Health students dive into medicine, policy, and research in Dominican Republic summer program By Tim Shenk

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spills out and is lost. Our conditioning and our assumptions can make new learning more difficult.” As a physician and university professor at la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), Pichardo brings a broad range of expertise and connections to the summer program—in addition to insatiable energy and a contagious laugh. His holistic medical clinic, Asesoría Nutricional para el Desarrollo Armónico (ANDA), is a hub for Cornell students, located on the same block as their homestay placements. “One of our goals this summer is to make more space,” Pichardo continues as waves crash nearby. “Being open to learning new things—about this country, about health and illness, about each other and ourselves—begins not with the learning itself, but with unlearning. What do we each need to unlearn, to leave behind, so that we can be prepared to take in all that life has to offer us?” He sends the group out to the beach to reflect on this question. “Let the ocean take everything you want to let go of,” he says.

Ann Lei ’16

t an orientation in Samaná, Dominican Republic, two dozen participants sit in a circle while Dr. Angel Pichardo leads a group reflection in Spanish. An overhead fan moves the humid, salty air, and mosquitoes whine at the window screens. It’s the first weekend of the 2015 CornellCUSLAR Global Health summer service learning program. As he begins to speak, Pichardo appears to absent-mindedly pour water from a pitcher into a full glass. Several students jump up to warn him as the water overflows and spills onto the floor. “¿Por qué se botó?” he asks, looking around the circle. “Why did it spill?” “It was full already,” one student ventures. “And you poured more water into it.” “Yes,” Pichardo says. “This is what can happen when you try to teach something new to a person who thinks they know everything. New knowledge doesn’t have any place to go, so it

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Human Ecology Magazine, Fall 2015  

Lighting a Fire: 4-H programs spark New York youth to pursue STEM careers and higher education, Vol. 43, No. 2. From a young age, 4-H teache...

Human Ecology Magazine, Fall 2015  

Lighting a Fire: 4-H programs spark New York youth to pursue STEM careers and higher education, Vol. 43, No. 2. From a young age, 4-H teache...