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NEWSLETTER February 15, 2011

Inside this Issue Facilitator Corner

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Other Projects

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Conferences

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Regional Updates: Africa

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Asia

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Australia and Oceana

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Europe

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North America

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Meet The Team

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UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR SOCIAL ACTION RESEARCH UCP-SARnet is a growing global social network that was created at Arizona State University in 2008. It is governed by students and young community activists. Its mission is to empower new generations of community leaders to become actively involved in the realization of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Utilizing the recent advances of Information and Communication Technologies, UCP-SARnet offers a platform for the multicultural exchange of visions, ideas and best practices aimed at achieving MDGs.

Collaborating 9 Knowledge Partners Advisory Board

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Member Organizations

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Directory

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Get Involved

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Newsletter Editors: Angela Abolhassani Abidah Khalife Dorav Kumar Thomas Lane Dr. Marek Wosinski Joshua Wyrick

We engage university faculty and students in partnerships with community organizations, local governments and socially responsible corporations. Creating a powerful educational environment for students preparing themselves to become leaders, we also bring about a sustainable social change in their communities.

Our Sponsors


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Facilitator Corner

UCP-SARnet Members and Friends,

We were very excited to release our upgraded website and the new format of our newsletter in January. We thought we had reached a new level in networking and from then on would only have to concentrate on the content of our portal and new projects. It appeared to be a wishful thinking. There is still a lot of work involved in transferring all our pages to the new format, creating the new structure of navigation and making sure that all the links are working properly. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience resulting from the not fully functional website. We also kindly ask you to report any problems you face so we could fix them as soon as possible.

Dr. Marek Wosinski

Our plans for this year seem to have crystallized. The main focus of our work will be on facilitating networking among our individual and organizational members. We are planning to put a lot of effort in expanding UCP-SARnet's presence in the region of Africa, as well as South America. We will build further knowledge partnerships and make projects and events organized by our partners visible to our members. We will expand the amount of courses that are based on UCP-SARnet. Our Executive Team will be involved in the coordination of work on the following projects: STAND UP Against Poverty events, CU-Exposition in Canada, "Bridging the world" virtual events, International

Leadership Summit in China, mobilization of faith based communities to participate in the battle against poverty and creating a strong alliance of community related programs at the Arizona State University. These are very ambitious plans especially if we consider the fact that so far our network has been built by students and volunteers. To meet all our goals we will have to either expand our army of volunteers or receive substantial funding. Therefore we kindly ask you to consider your involvement in our network by participating in one project only -make a difference in the world. Please visit our website for detailed information about all these projects and share information about them with your colleagues, students and affiliated community organizations. M.W.

Our Sponsors

Creating a better future for communities through research Founded in 1982, CCBR believes in the power of knowledge to impact positive social change. They are passionate about bringing people together to use knowledge to provide real and innovative solutions to community needs. Their approach to research is participatory and action-oriented in a way that mobilizes people to participate as full and equal members of society. www.communitybasedresearch.ca

IGLOO's social software solutions help organizations create vital connections between people, processes and information through the creation of online business communities. Companies use online communities to improve collaboration, knowledge sharing and drive employee engagement across geographically dispersed project teams, departments and business units inside and out. http://www.igloosoftware.com/

Turning theory into practice Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities/SWPS was founded in 1996 by former professors of the Institute of Psychology and the Polish Academy of Sciences. Ever since its foundation, the University has been continually growing and developing and now consists of 8 faculties located in five academic centers in Poland (Warsaw, Wrocław, Sopot, Poznań and Katowice). SWPS is committed to the highest academic standards as well as to the transfer of practical knowledge and skills. http://www.swps.pl/english/index.php


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OTHER PROJECTS

We encourage your collaboration on these projects! Please contact us if you would like to get involved!

UCP-SARnet Based Courses

“Bridging the World� Virtual Events

This semester there are five courses that are based on our portal: Community Psychology. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Internships (offered at the Arizona State University), and World Academy for the Future of Women (offered at SIAS International University in China). For details please visit: http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/guide/communityr

These events bring together community activists and community leaders from various countries to talk online about their community projects and to discuss these projects with the audience attending the meeting at the hosting institution. Unfortunately, the first event planned this year in Cameroon was not successful as we couldn't make the internet connection. This year we are planning to organize the following such events:

This year we are planning to expand the number of courses utilizing UCP-SARnet so we invite instructors teaching community related courses to incorporate UCP-SARnet into their educational offer as a resource for students, as well as a place where they can publish their community related semester projects, honors thesis and other student assignments. Faculty members who are involved in community based research are also invited to post information on our site about their projects to be utilized by student taking these courses.

1. "Community Expectations from Academia" (in connection with CU Expo in Canada) 2. "Women as Leaders" (in connection with the World Academy for the Future of Women in China) 3. "Multicultural Perspective on Community Leadership" (in connection with the International Leadership Summit in China) For details please visit: http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/ve

Engaging faith based community organizations in the battle against poverty A large portion of the community programs working towards addressing local needs are organized by faith-based organizations. We would like to not only make their work visible, but also bring different faith communities together to work towards the eradication of poverty. Our ambition is also to facilitate collaboration between faith based community organizations, local governments and universities. To initiate this process we contacted Arizona Interfaith Movement, Council for Faith and Community Initiatives at Arizona Government and leaders of a few faith based communities in Arizona. Their response was very positive. They expressed a need for a networking platform that would allow the exchange of visions and effective solutions. At this point the plan is to facilitate cooperation among Arizona organizations and Arizona Government in an attempt to create a model for such partnership. If the model appears effective we will try to implement it on both a national and international level. In the meantime we plan to create partnerships with some international interfaith organizations.


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Community-University Expo 2011 Ontario, Canada

In the January Newsletter UCP-SARnet announced it’s involvement in the Community University Expo this year in Ontario, Canada. To refresh the memory of our readers, the CU Expo is a Canadian-led conference designed to showcase the exemplars in Community-University partnerships worldwide, and in order to develop partnerships and together introduce creative ways of strengthening local communities. Now that the date of the conference, May 10-14 is drawing nearer, there have been many exciting developments with

CONFERENCES

regard to this event. For one, the keynote speakers have finally been announced. They include Kiran Bedi, renowned for her work on India’s toughest prison and helping it’s poor, Jessica Yee, a Canadian advocate, writer, facilitator and educator of First Nation’s rights, and finally Angie Hart, a professor and author known for her work with resilience therapy to help children and families around the world. The conference will involve a program featuring these special speakers as well as more than 300 sessions led by delegates from around the world, artsbased presentations, a community festival, and more. For additional information please visit their website at: http://www.cuexpo2011.ca/ Angela Abolhassani

Annual International Leadership Summit 2011 Henan Province, China The Annual International Leadership Summit is an extraordinary event that brings together young University men and women from around the world. It is an opportunity to create dialogue, discussion and definition for achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goals in their respective countries. It’s about assisting young people gain insight and access to relationships and interconnectivity of the world and how each of us has a moral obligation and social responsibility to end hunger and poverty. This event will take place from July 1-20, 2011 at the SIAS International University and is presented in Partnership with: Global Interactions, “The World Academy for the Future of Women”, Sias International University , UCP-SARnet and Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Conference on MDG 2012 Henan Province, China Once again, SIAS takes the spotlight. Not only will the 2011 Leadership Summit be taking place at the International University, but also as featured in our January newsletter, a conference will be hosted next year regarding the “UN Millennium Development Goals for Henan Province.” The focus will be the implementation of information and communication technologies to achieve environmental sustainability, gender equality, combating AIDS, and developing global networks and partnerships. This conference is to be organized by the SIAS International University in Zhengzhou in collaboration with the Municipal Government of Zhengzhou, Government of Henan Province, UCP-SARnet, Association of Universities of Asia and Pacific, and Global Interactions, Inc.


Page 5 In regards to MDG #4, Sub-Saharan Africa also has the highest “under five” child mortality rate, exceeding 100 per 1000 live births, although it has dropped by 20 percent since 1990. UnforDevelopment Progress in Sub-Saharan Regions tunately it is still far from the goal set by the UN.

Regional Updates: AFRICA

Sub-Saharan Africa is not expected to reach the MDG target by 2015 due to the poor quality of the surveys being administered, and the regularity upon which they are actually given out. Surveys are essential to monitor the effectiveness and success of current MDG efforts; the lack-thereof makes it difficult to set proper goals. A few of the off-target goals are outlined here.

Concerning MDG #5, less than half of the women giving birth have skilled assistance in Sub-Saharan regions which contributes to the high rate of maternal mortality. Much like the United States, the affluent are at an advantage; Wealthy women are three times more likely to have professional health-care workers at delivery, bringing the amount of women that received antenatal care at least once to 89 percent.

In half of Sub-Saharan countries with available data, at least one in four children of primary school age were not enrolled in school. To ensure the accomplishment of MDG #2, countries will need to provide more teachers and classrooms. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest enrollment of all regions, however there has been an eighteen percent increase seen in recent years. However, half of the countries in SubSaharan Africa have a thirty percent drop-out rate in primary school students.

And to tie the MDG issues together, the poverty epidemic contributes to lack of proper educational resources available to families. Education is essential to empower young women and involve them in their health care, including use of contraceptives. As a final point, adolescent pregnancy is rampant in these regions. Adolescents in the poorest households are three times more likely to become pregnant and give birth than in the richest households. In rural areas the adolescent birth rate is double that of urban areas. Travis Petersen

New Organizational Member: African Woman and Child Feature Service (AWC) One of the newly featured Organizational Members who have decided to join UCPSARnet is the African Woman and Child Feature Service, a media organization that works to relay information about social issues in Africa from the point of view of African women and their families. “In search of the missing voice,” this organization’s mission is “To promote diversity, gender equality, social justice, and development in Africa through engagement in media, training, research and content development.” The values of the AWC are rooted in integrity and quality, collaboration, non-partisanship, non discrimination, teamwork, as well as transparency and accountability. The AWC is exactly the kind of organization that helps to connect the forum of global communication with the reality local communities face in developing nations. More information can be found at: http://www.awcfs.org/new/ Angela Abolhassani

New Knowledge Partner: Heal the World UCP-SARnet is thrilled to present a new collaboration with knowledge partner organization Heal the World. Heal the World declares it’s mission is to “…create symbiotic networks of learning and investment between the more and less developed worlds.” This organization was started after a group of university students helped bring education to the youth of a small town in the African nation of Mali. Incidentally the two main centers of Heal the World’s activity are now in Mali and Burkina Faso. Heal the World has built it’s purpose around educating or improving the learning conditions of youth in developing nations. It is in this effort that the organization hopes to create a positive cycle of growing education and informed decision making which can hopefully improve the cycle of poverty afflicting small communities across the developing world. Currently, Heal the World is providing classroom facilities, education materials, tuition, and daily lunches to over 400 pre-school to secondary school students. They are also in a partnership with the NGO “Whatever it Takes” to build a new primary school in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Heal the World is centered on the basic belief that “Individually we can do little. Together we can heal the world.” If you would like to see beautiful pictures of the students who have benefitted from Heal the World’s efforts, or for more information on this incredible organization please visit their website at: http://www.healtheworld.org/index.php. Angela Abolhassani


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Regional Updates: ASIA New Organizational Member: Association for Welfare, Social Action and Research (AWSAR) The Association for Welfare, Social Action and Research (AWSAR)-India is a voluntary, non-government organization, registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, with the Registrar of Societies, Government of Delhi, New Delhi. AWSAR-India is an outcome of the efforts of the Professional Social Workers in India. In 2001, AWSAR started working with a few students of Department of Social Work, University of Delhi in nearby areas. Today, AWSAR includes professionals from many backgrounds related to the development sector such as Social Work, Public Health, Special Education, Developmental Therapy, Extension Education, Agriculture Engineering and N.G.O Management. Find out more at: http://www.awsarindia.org/

Regional Updates: AUSTRALIA AND OCEANA Progress on MDGs for Vanuatu A check up on the progress of a range of MDGs for Vanuatu reveals the complex nature of the issues included in the mission of the UN MDGs. One such example is the education MDG 3 in which Vanuatu is showing progress in its net enrollment rate in primary education. Nevertheless while a substantial increase in enrollment for a range of grades exists, there has actually been a decrease in primary completion rate; alluding to some factor that causes children in Vanuatu to drop out of school in their last year. With regard to gender equality and female enrollment in secondary school, they are however on track. Vanuatu has also had slow progress with infant and child (under 5) mortality. There is no information available on prenatal care and they have also exhibited slow progress on increasing births by skilled professionals. An area in which Vanuatu has excelled however is MDG 6 where they have been an early achiever for preventing both TB incidence and prevalence. Conservation has also progressed immensely for Vanuatu and they are on track for acceptable levels of forest cover. They have been labeled early achievers also in this area in decreased CO2 emissions and facilitating Protected Areas. While Vanuatu’s progress thus far has been mixed, it’s achievements in the areas of MDG 5 and 6 are impressive. Hopefully, with help from grass roots efforts and through an understanding of the social context affecting the progress of MDGs in this country, Vanuatu can also transfer this level of success to the support of its children from birth to education as well. Shannon Monn


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Regional Updates: EUROPE France contribution to the Millennium Development Goals French president Nicolas Sarkozy announced in a speech in September 2010 that the country would increase its contribution to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis by 20% (bringing it to almost 1.08 billion euros) over the next 2 years. In his speech Sarkozy mentions the challenges that the world has experienced in the past two years and raised the need to avoid using the economic crises as a pretext to do less toward realization of the MDGs. He stated, "we do not have the right to hide behind the economic crisis as an excuse to do less." As we track of the progress in this country and the others in the region, it is important to keep in mind that the best of efforts will slowly work towards permanent solutions and will not fail when faced with obstacles. Here is the link to read the entire speech: http://www.franceonu.org/spip.php? article5149 Mohammed Camara

Regional Updates: NORTH AMERICA New Knowledge Partner: Coaching the Global Village Based in Florida, but active worldwide, Coaching the Global Village is an organization which utilizes professional coaching techniques to empower communities around the world to develop sustainable solutions for pressing human and societal needs. They train leaders, change agents, and local volunteers or organizations to accelerate and magnify their work by using the coach approach to empower creative and sustainable change. The driving purpose of Coaching the Global Village is to work with social changers to use coaching to create innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. In the emerging international context new approaches to development are needed to increase sustainability. The coaching philosophy is that within every individual lies a wealth of knowledge and resources that are the source for sustainable solutions. Dr. Patrick Williams, Ed.D, MCC, is the visionary and leader of their team of world-class coaches and consultants’ team. They partner with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofit social agencies to incorporate coaching skills into their work to reach target outcomes. The coach approach can be leveraged by NGOs to draw out the wisdom and motivation of their clients and employees. NGOs currently using coaching have a better understanding of their clients and can position themselves as experts in their field. This human capital is the source of leadership that will sustain change efforts long after the project cycle has completed. Their partners across the globe are using coaching to generate innovative solutions in partnership with the communities they serve. Read more about their efforts at: http://coachingtheglobalvillage.org/ Thomas Lane


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Meet the Team UCP-SARnet Club and President Mohammed Camara has been a dedicated member of UCP-SARnet for almost two years now. Towering over other members, his slight francophone accent and amiable demeanor makes him part of why UCP-SARnet is composed of such a special group of participating members. But Mohammed wants to widen the scope of UCPSARnet by broadening its member base and so at the suggestion of Dr. Marek has begun establishing the UCP-SARnet club on the ASU campus this Spring semester. Along with Eeaan Patterson as Vice President, Angela Abolhassani as Secretary, and Abidah Khalife as Treasurer, Mohammed hopes to build a supportive board of UCPSARnet executive team members to bring momentum and life to the new club. Mohammed also intends the club to be a free and easy environment where anyone interested in the UN Millennium Development Goals can come, become educated, and help out with the club. During his experience with UCP-SARnet he has seen members come

and go, due to the level of involvement that is required to really be a part of the organization. He therefore sees the club as a way for volunteers to “just have fun” and “help with the mission of the MDGs.” In addition, Mohammed believes the new club with help with fundraising as well as advocacy for UCP-SARnet on the ASU campus. He believes that by having a club, UCP-SARnet will be able to forge a “common relationship with ASU students” by having a table out in the afternoons and partnering with other club organizations with similar missions such as OXFAM and Stand Up For Children. In the long term however, Mohammed has discussed with Dr. Marek the possibility of a successful UCP-SARnet club on the ASU Tempe campus inspiring other UCP-SARnet clubs at the other ASU campuses or even at other colleges and in other communities. The club has a lot of potential to infuse the UCP-SARnet mission with vitality and hopefully elicit the attention of a wider demographic of members on campus. The final paperwork and constitution were submitted last week and Mohamed and the rest of his board are waiting for a response form the ASU administration within the next two weeks. Angela Abolhassani

Gathering at Dr. Marek Wosinski’s House includes Chinese Students On Friday, February 5th 2011 Dr. Marek Wosinski, facilitator of UCP-SARnet hosted a party at his house for members of his organization among others. Among those invited to the party were a large group of students from China. These Chinese students were members of the SIAS International University in Zhengzhou. The university is located in the Henan Province in the People’s Republic of China in the ancient city of Xinzheng. These students are considered “class masters”, sort of presidents of their classes in China. The students were in the United States to undergo prevention training at the South-West Behavioral Services that will allow them to cooperate with the prevention center at their university. The center is of upmost importance because it is the first center of this kind in China and the purpose of it is to prevent mental and behavioral problems among students. Southwest Behavioral Health Services (SBH) was established in 1969 as a federally funded program under a partnership known as St. Luke's - Jane Wayland Community Mental Health Center. The leader of the Chinese student organization was Prof. Alan Brown, ASU prof. emeritus, who is the president of the SIAS foundation board. The purpose of the meeting was a sort of farewell party for the Chinese students, as they were departing from Phoenix the next day. This gave the students an opportunity to interact with Americans in an informal atmosphere. Each person invited to the party brought a dish to represent his or her cultural background. Most of the Chinese students did not bring dishes however some Chinese dishes were served such as pork dumplings. At one point during the party, everybody in the room went around and introduced themselves. The Chinese students’ English was very proficient indeed as they stated their names and what they were studying at their university. Occasionally a translator would be utilized as some of the students decided to use their native tongue to introduce themselves. Among the party goers were people from other countries as well, including the Czech Republic. The party was a great success. The Americans, Chinese and other internationals mingled seamlessly and talked for hours over food and drink. Thomas Lane


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Collaborating Partners Centre for Community Based Research brings people together to share knowledge in order to impact positive social change. http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca/ Comunitaria provides technical support and tools for community and psychosocial intervention programs. Four professional psychologists run this organization. http://www.comunitaria.cl/ Community-Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health through service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions, and other partnership strategies. http://www.ccph.info/ The Community Toolbox provides resources for community leaders. http://ctb.ku.edu/en/default.aspx?404;http://ctb.ku.edu:80/en/default.aspx Global Interactions, Inc works with professionals to interact with domestic and global counterparts to increase exchange of practices, technologies, and research. www.globalinteractions.org/ Leadership Learning Community identifies, evaluates, and applies ideas and practices in leadership development in order to make leadership more effective. http://leadershiplearning.org/community-connections Orbis Institute develops global leaders through programs that advance awareness, critical thinking, and action. http://www.orbisinstitute.org/index.php?id=141&no_cache=1 SIAS International University combines Chinese educational philosophies with Western educational models to develop professionals who are prepared to meet the demands of trans-national corporations and enterprises. http://www.sias.edu.cn/en/ SoReCom conducts and disperses research that focuses on social issues relevant to Europe and its policies. http://www.europhd.eu/html/_onda03/01/00.00.00.00.shtml United Nations Foundation advocates for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. http://www.unfoundation.org/ The Video Voice Collective: brings academic researchers, filmmakers, technology mavens, social justice champions, and community leaders together to improve the health conditions of underserved communities. http://video-voice.org/

The Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities is a private university that educates students in psychology, philosophy, humanities, and social sciences. http://www.swps.pl/english/ India Gandhi National Open University (India) offers 338 programs of study through over 3,500 courses to a cumulative student strength of over 30 million students. http://www.ignou.ac.in/ Amity University (India) is one of the best private universities in India with over 50000 students. http://www.amity.edu/ Jagiellonian University (Poland) is the second oldest university in Europe located in Krakow. http://www.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/

World for World Organization (Italy) is an Italian-based non-profit organization, operating in Italy and internationally. http://www.worldforworld.org/


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Introducing members of our Advisory Board The following distinguished colleagues agreed to serve on our Advisory Board: Dr. Aecio D’Silva, University of Arizona (USA), Robert Cialdini, Arizona State University (USA), Liz Cunningham, University of Brighton (England), Kim Eagles, Grassroots Activist (USA), William A. Foster, Foster and Brahm Management Consulting (USA), Grazyna Prawelska-Skrzypek, Jagillonian University (Poland), Rajesh Jangareddy, Vitesse Semiconductor (India), Joanna Ochocka, Centre for Community Engaged Research (Canada), Jan Sadlak, Warsaw School of social Sciences and Humanities (Poland), Jerrie Ueberle, Global Interactions, Inc (USA), Christopher Zambakari, Student Representative (USA).

Dr. Aecio D’Silva Professor Aecio D’Silva is the newest advisory board member for UCP-SARnet. Professor D’Silva has had an intriguing career, aligning his academic interests in sustainability and biotechnology with his own humanitarian mission. Head of the founding team of American Aqua Biotech, Algae for Bio Fuels and Bio Fuels Revolution, Professor D’Silva has over 30 years of experience as a biotechnology consultant in R&D as well as in statistical process control (SPC), learning management systems, renewable energy, biofuels integrated aquaculture-agriculture projects, and Total Quality Learning Leadership Systems. Dr. D’Silva’s main area of expertise lies in the scientific side of biotechnology. He holds an MS degree in Aquaculture from the University of Oklahoma, a PhD in Sustainable Systems, and three Post-Doctorates in Biotechnology Business from the University of Arizona. Dr. D’Silva is credited with developing the AquaBioPonics and AquaFuelPonics systems used for closed food, solar and green-bio-fuels systems. Dr. D’Silva also coordinated the group that conceptualized, designed, and led the construction of the Agric-Aqua-Biotech Paulo Afonso-Jatoba Aquaculture-Agribusiness Complex located in the San Francisco River Valley of northeast Brazil. Nevertheless, Dr. D’Silva has also integrated into his complex repertoire the business aspect of the sustainable and ethical role of biotechnology in communities around the world. He has worked in all five continents, including Latin America, the continental United States and Hawaii to provide consulting, training, and expertise to a wide variety of biotech executives. In addition, Dr. D’Silva has developed Total Quality Leadership Systems and has written the Total Quality Business Leadership System and Operation Manual Handbook for private companies as well as the Continuously Innovating Your Business with Total Quality Leadership Systems and Attitude-Mind-Positive-Creative books. All of Dr. D’Silva’s handbooks have been implemented and supported by Biotech companies across North and South America. He has also served as a private consultant on integrated projects for such international organizations as the World Bank. Dr. D’Silva has coordinated his vast resume of skills to also help formulate strategic humanitarian programs with a special focus on combating hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, and poverty in rural and urban environments. Dr. D’Silva exemplifies the kind of leadership and vast coverage of skills needed to foster momentum and the ultimate accomplishment of the UN MDGs. UCP-SARnet looks forward to collaboration with Dr. D’Silva in the semester to come. Angela Abolhassani


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Member Organizations ACT is a non-profit advocating for universal human rights and children’s rights. Phone: 0612-3290987 Mobile : 09560509688 E-mail: aasra@aasraindia.org, website: http://www.aasraindia.org/ Ann Foundation empowers people who live with the daily challenges of vision impairment, hearing loss and other disabilities in some of the world’s most impoverished places. Phone: 516-570-0088, website: http://www.AnnFoundation.org Beam Foundation provides needy children in the developing world with school uniforms and necessary school supplies. E-mail: info@beamedia.org ,website: http://www.beamindia.org/

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice works towards a civil justice system that is accessible, effective, fair and efficient. Phone: 780-492-2513 Fax: 780-492-6181 E-mail: cjforum@law.ualberta.ca, The Centre for Community Research and Action, Laurier works to advance community knowledge, social policy, and practice for community wellness and social equity. Phone: 519.884.0710 x 3494 Fax: 519.884.1020 E-mail: tmitchell@wlu.ca, website: http://www.wlu.ca/ The Community University Research Alliance explores new ways of providing community mental health support. Phone: 519-741-1318 Fax: 519-741-8262 E-mail: general@communitybasedresearch.ca website: http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca/takingcultureseriouslyCURA/ Ecuador Volunteer Foundation volunteers for social, community, educational, healthcare, and ecological projects throughout Ecuador. Phone: (593-2) 2557749 - 2226544 E-mail; info@ecuadorvolunteer.org; website: http://www.ecuadorvolunteer.org/ Global Thinking Women empowers women of all ages throughout the various stages in their lives. Phone: 8615837143756 E-mail: kim_eagles@msn.com, website: http://www.odatsglobaltrainingandrecruitmentservice.com/index.html Helping Lives International: a non-profit focusing on eradicating poverty. Help youth gain employment and to work as Ambassadors and leaders. Phone: +220-7719958, +220-6554080 E-mail: helpinglifesinternational@yahoo.com, website: http://www.helpinglives.7p.com/ LUKMEF helps Cameroon to embrace peace, non-violence, social justice, and sustainable development in order to alleviate poverty. Phone: +237-33.33.28.60 E-mail: info@lukmefcameroon.org, website: http://www.lukmefcameroon.org/ Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition (NYCC) is focusing on climate change and collaborates with collaborating with youth, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Phone: +2347062199449 E-mail: oyelakintaiwo@gmail.com, website: http://nigerianyouthclimatecoalition.blogspot.com/ Students Travel and Exposure South Africa (STAESA) is a non-profit organization promoting and enhancing cultural exchange and development in Africa. Phone: (+27) 119 104 095 Cell: (+27) 737 292 944 Fax: (+27) 119 10-4095 E-mail: info@staesa.org, website: http://www.staesa.org/ TESAis a nonprofit organization aimed at researching, training researchers, outlining an implementing projects for the promotion of sustainable economy. Email: rachel.lysak@fundaciontesa.org website: http://www.fundaciontesa.org/ Unreasonable Institute: supports globally-minded social entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to pressing issues Email: wisdom@unreasonableinstitue.org, website: . http://unreasonableinstitute.org/ UCP-SARnet The Gambia undertakes a diverse and creative range of educational, humanitarian, and peace -building initiatives in to help achieve MDGs.. Phone: (00220) 6548963/7953521/3438 808 /6717761 E-mail: oseeromeo@yahoo.ca , joebongay@hotmail.com , mmendy01@hotmail.com


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Directory HEAD OFFICE Arizona State University Department of Psychology P.O. Box 871104, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA Tel. 480-965-6253 Email: ucpsarnet@gmail.com FACILITATOR Executive Officer Dr. Marek Wosinski Email: dr.marek@asu.edu ASSISTANT FACILITATOR FOR AFRICA Osee Romeo Tcheupgoum Email: oseeromeo@yahoo.ca ASSISTANT FACILITATOR FOR ASIA & PACIFIC Birendra Soni Email: birsoni@gmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATOR FOR EUROPE Ganeswar Sahoo Email: gs.oneworld@gmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATORS FOR NORTH AMERICA Randi Burggraff Email: burggraffrandi@gmail.com Joshua Watson E-mail: reconesan@gmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATOR – SOUTH AMERICA Susana Pesis Email: susanapesis@gmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATOR John Mabey Email: johnmabeyadvisor@hotmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATOR Robby Uppal Email: ROBBY.UPPAL@gmail.com COORDINATOR OF INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Andy Chen Email: guohuiandy@163.com ICT COORDINATOR Adam Euerby Email: aeuerby@engmail.uwaterloo.ca ICT ASSISTANT COORDINATOR Dorav Kumar Email: dkumar6@asu.edu

ICT TEAM Adam Euerby Uttam Bhat Rajesh Jangareddy Smitha Kamath Dorav Kumar Nikhil Sridhar Robby Uppal

CANADA Contact Person: Adam Euerby Candidate M.ASc. Systems Design Engineering B.ASc. Systems Design Engineering University of Waterloo Advanced Interface Design Lab 1.519.888.4567 x34904 aeuerby@engmail.uwaterloo.ca

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