NEWSLETTER August 15, 2011
Inside this Issue Facilitator Corner
Regional Updates: Africa
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 14 Knowledge Partners Advisory Board
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.
Facilitator Corner Dear UCP-SARnet Collaborators, Members, and Followers,
Dr. Marek Wosinski
We would like to apologize for almost two months of silence on our platform. As UCP-SARnet is practically run by students, our executive team works according to the semester schedule. During the early summer months, the most active members of our Team were participating in the CU-EXPO conference and then focused on organization of two events in China: Bridging the World and the International Leadership Summit in China. Regarding the Leadership Summit, although we put together an exciting program, we started making publicity about the event too late. As a result we had no chance to attract a sufficient number of participants and the event had to be postponed till the next year. Although the core presenters will probably remain in the program, we will have to invite few new ones. We also have to assure that the summit will offer a really unique learning and cultural experience that would make it competitive with other leadership trainings organized in China.
We closed the first half of 2011 with a lot of humble reflections. Upgrading and reorganization of our website was a big step forward and we will continue working on the transfer of content folders to the new structure of the platform over the remainder of the year. Reflecting on the network’s activity during the first part of this year, we also came to a conclusion that we need once again revise the ways we want to realize the mission of our organization. We hope that some indicators how to do it will come from the results of Adam Euerby’s thesis project. Other suggestions come from reports written by the members of the Executive Team. There is a joint agreement that we need to significantly increase the role of assistant facilitators and regional coordinators, we must base our collaboration with organizational members on specific projects (i.e. Stand Up Against Poverty Events), and we need to make sure that the great expertise potential represented by our global community has a real impact on local community projects. Finally, we need to fully implement our main role as builders of partnerships and facilitators of connections between individuals, community organization and universities around the world. We will present some of the new resolutions in the upcoming September issue of the Newsletter. We are more and more aware that further development of our community is conditioned on finding sponsors willing to fund both administrative work of the network and its featured projects. We are seriously considering an option of registering UCP -SARnet International and UCP-SARnet Europe as NGOs that would become organizational members of UCP-SARnet and because of their legal status would be able to apply for bigger variety of grants (including funds from the European Union.) M.W.
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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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Our major projects include past successes that we plan on continuing annually as well as a few more recently planned ventures as follows: ―Bridging the World‖ virtual conferences, Stand Up Against Poverty events, development of the Gandhi College of Social Work in India, the World Academy for the Future of Women in China, Leadership Summits in China and Africa, Collaboration with Faith Based Groups, the UCP-SARnet Club at ASU which promotes our mission on campus, and finally the various courses and opportunities that are available at ASU to get involved with UCP-SARnet. As the Fall Semester approaches, we would like to take a moment and outline the latter point in a little more detail.
UCP-SARnet Based Courses Available at ASU There are various opportunities at ASU by which students can get involved with UCP-SARnet under the supervision of Dr. Marek Wosinski. Joining the UCPSARnet club at ASU is one such way as is becoming a member of UCP-SARnet. But even more rewarding and inspiring are the UCP-SARnet based courses that are not only a way to earn credit towards your major, but also are great opportunities to develop your skills by working with other members, and more importantly they are opportunities to educate and empower others with the overall objective of bettering communities around the world. These courses are: Community Psychology (PGS 365). How do we relate as individuals to society around us? This is a main premise of the domain of Community Psychology. Understanding communities and learning to explain the processes by which communities operate is another basis essential to the study of Community Psychology. Needless to say, this course not only presents the valid knowledge on the subject matter, but also forces students to observe the real world relationships between issues such as oppression, social justice, liberation and wellbeing, and to share their observations through weekly blogs. There are no exams or quizzes associated with PGS 365, the assignments are composed entirely of group forums, blogs a semester project. Some of the topics covered by this course are included but not limited to the Millennium Development Goals, Global Community, Resources for Networking, Faith Communities, Poverty, and Social Justice.
Multicultural Perspective on Community Leadership (BIS 494). Available online only, this course revolves around training you to be a leader in your community – an invaluable trait indeed. Like the Community Psychology course, enrolling in this course requires you to sign up as a member with UCP-SARnet. The membership is free, easily completed, and can be discontinued whenever you wish. Again there are no exams, all assignments are through discussions, reflections, and a projects based on the materials read and viewed over the duration of the semester. This course revolves around subject-matter which includes: basic concepts related to community such as individual wellness, sense of community, social justice, citizen participation, collaboration and community strengths, respect for human diversity, empirical grounding, prevention, empowerment, sense of community, citizen participation, resilience, and intervention. Introduction to Community Research and Action (PGS 294). Another internet only course, PGS 294 it is intended to provide basic knowledge about community research and action in such a way to prepare you to get involved in your community. Topics covered in this class are very similar to the ones covered in PGS 365 and BIS 494; the subject matter serves to make you more aware of the community and various psychological concepts that define the deeper merits of communities. One student’s testimonial after completing this course better exemplifies the value of taking PGS 294: "I really enjoyed the topics we covered and am thankful to have been exposed to so many issues in a short amount of time. One thing that I really took away from this class is looking at social issues from a more human perspective rather than a political one."
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (PGS 394) and Undergraduate Research Assistant (PGS 399 or PGS 499). These three opportunities are professional-level experiences that are coupled with involvement in the UCP-SARnet leadership team. The UTAs monitor student activities on blackboard, evaluating assignments, documenting student performance, and also addressing student concerns and helping them improve whenever necessary. This is a great way to experience the role of an educator. Both PGS 399 and 499 are valuable research opportunities. As a URA you will be involved in evaluating the development of the UCP-SARnet platform and its impact on local and global communities. A final opportunity to consider is taking up an Internship with UCP-SARnet. An internship for English Majors is one example. English interns are involved in writing grant proposals, writing newsletter articles, and editing the website. This is great firsthand experience to put on you resume. Thomas Lane
International Leadership Summit 2011 Postponed to Next Year Our April Newsletter: Special Edition was dedicated to propagating information about the International Leadership Summit, a 3-week summit which was due to take place at SIAS University in China in July. With a diverse list of reputed presenters as well as the dedicated student moderators, an exciting and enlightening program was developed to endow participants with valuable leadership and entrepreneurship skills as well as the opportunity to immerse in Chinese culture with days of site-seeing as well as evening classes to learn Chinese and/or to learn basic martial arts. The summit organizers decided early in the Summer months to postpone this Summit to next year so as to use the time to better advertise the event and obtain more participants. The summit hopes to host up to 1000 participants comprised of students and professionals all devoted to the cause of achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals. Abidah Khalife
Bridging the World 2011 – China The Bridging the World – China 2011 virtual conference which took place on May 24th and 25th was the third annual event organized by UCP-SARnet in Collaboration with the World Academy for the Future of Women at SIAS International University. The topic this year was ―Empowering Women in Different Cultural, Social and Economic Contexts‖ and was moderated by the participants of the one year certification program offered by the World Academy; a program designed for female students dedicated to a future in leadership and involvement in their communities. Presentations from the event included ―Global Networking‖ presented by Myself and Osee Romeo representing UCP-SARnet, ―The Gandhi College of Social Work; Involvement of Women in Community Development‖ presented by Birendra Kumar on behalf of AASRA organization, ―Impact of the climate change on people's lives; women and environmental sustainability‖ presented by Agnieszka Kloskowska also on behalf of AASRA, and ―Education of Women in United Arab Emirates‖ presented by Ahlam Al-Bannai from the Dubai Women’s College. Despite of the fact that we were able to create an interesting program of the Bridging the World event, this time almost everything went wrong. Because of technical problems we were not able to connect with majority of our participants. We are extremely grateful for their time commitment and for preparing interesting presentations and we deeply share their frustration that the Chinese audience was not able to benefit from their efforts. In addition, Chinese hosts without consulting this with us changed the rule according to which local participants were selected. Instead of having throughout the whole workshop the same audience composed of the members of the World Academy for the Future of Women, at each session another group of students was participating. As a result of this more than 2000 SIAS University students went through the event but without the continuity planned between each of the sessions. Trying to be flexible as much as possible, we repeatedly presented few basic ideas about importance of global networking for addressing of the UN Millennium Development Goals, we were able to briefly introduce UCP-SARnet, but the planned structure of the event totally dissolved in the air. Hopefully future events will be able to accommodate for participants to be involved in all levels of the ―Bridging the World‖ program to truly obtain the full impact and understanding of the topics illustrated. We definitely have learned a couple of organizational lessons from this experience. Dr. Marek Wosinski
Regional Updates: AFRICA Progress in Civil War Ravaged SUDAN A split between the constantly warring Northern and Southern Regions of Sudan has been a topic deliberated by the Sudanese government for years. Formation of two separate nations was on the horizon with the announcement of separation plans made in January of this year. And in early July, the New Republic of South Sudan was finally declared an independent nation, the newest nation in the world. It is currently unclear as to how these, now, two countries will be treated when it comes to determining the progress of the MDGs. But hopefully this move will ensure lasting peace between these African peoples, and will pave the way for progress in the basic needs of the populace.
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As for the MDG progress of the former Sudan as one nation, unfortunately getting reliable results has always been difficult, partly because of a large indigenous population inaccessible to census research. The eradication of extreme hunger and poverty depends on reducing the amount of people living on less than a dollar a day. As expected there has been very little movement in this area, and figures are expected to fall when the data from 2010 is compiled. The infant mortality rate is rising, due to unknown circumstances.
There is a bright side, in that the spread of HIV/AIDS has been halted significantly in the 15-24 age range, with just 0.5% of males testing positive, and 1.24% of females. Literacy rates are up with the constant driving force of technology, pushing people to learn and absorb greater amounts of information to better their own lives. Education completion rates rise in turn, and 70% of the next generation of children will have at least reached the last grade in primary education. Perhaps where the biggest change can be seen in Sudan today is the amount of people that have subscriptions to a cellular service. The number of physical telecommunications lines has actually decreased, while the number of cell users has nearly tripled since 2004, soaring from 9% to 28%. Going mobile is a great move towards collecting more accurate information while also spreading awareness on the MDG issues and how to improve upon each area of concern. Joshua Wyrick
Member Organization: Somali Family Services Somalia is a country currently suffering a devastating drought with their most destitute citizens flooding refugee camps in bordering Kenya. With lack of a centralized governing body for the whole country, it is at drastic times like these that the people are in most need of leadership as well as intervention from sources around the world. A non-profit charitable organization that has been working for sustainable solutions and democratic ideologies in Somalia since 2003 is Somali Family Services (SFS), originally based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota but with a Resource Center in Garowe, the capital city of Puntland (a large northeastern territory in Somalia). The SFS has been an organizational member with UCP-SARnet since last year. Some of its other partnerships include UNICEF, Books for Africa, UNDP, World Movement for Democracy, and International Labor Organization. The SFS with the help of its dedicated supporters and partners, strives to bring democracy to Somalia, to build government and societal collaboration, to empower communities, and to empower the youth. Promoting education in Somalia is also a central goal of SFS. They collect and distribute books to schools around the country. To date, they have donated 30,000 books to a local library in the Puntland region â€“ where 77% of the population is illiterate â€“ transforming the development of future generations. Organizations such as the SFS are essential to the development of long-term solutions to the problems faced in Somalia. The Somali people need the resources and governance in place to deal with the dry climate that that live in so that periods of droughts are not a death sentence to millions as it is today. Joshua Wyrick
Regional Updates: ASIA
â€œMan becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.â€? - Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi College of Social Work: Hopes for 2011 In February of 2010 the idea of the Gandhi College of Social Work took flight when Dr. Wosinski and the Dream Rainbow Project Coordinator Birendra Kumar met with the Chauan Family (pictured below) about renovating a complex they owned and beginning a school of social work in unused buildings. Located in West Champaran in the District of Bihar, India, the Bhitiarwa Ashram complex houses the Gandhi Memorial Museum (pictured to the right) and the Gandhi Research Institute; it is a tribute to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi who till this day is a respected figure for social change in India. The Chauan Family supported the idea of revitalizing the interest in and the use of the complex while also helping the development of the local communities through training much-needed social workers. The plans for the College are coordinated by AASRA for Community Transformation (ACT), an organizational member of UCPSARnet and also the organization for which Birendra Kumar serves as President. Following securing a location for the proposed college, affiliation with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was sought out through discussion with the Dean of the University Professor Gracious Thomas. Since 2010, ACT with the support of the local community, local government as well as IGNOU has been further developing the plans for the Gandhi College of Social Work. A 5-year program will be offered by the college and will integrate valuable classroom knowledge with the opportunity to apply developing skills directly in the local communities surrounding the college.
Though there are other social work programs in India, the extensive hands-on aspect in a rural setting is unprecedented. Most programs do not realized that there is a difference between the needs of urban and rural populations and that it is the rural areas that are most in need of development. As featured in our March Newsletter, Birendra had planned to hold a workshop this June at the Dream Rainbow Project Center in Gujarat, the purpose of which was to obtain the input of hundreds of social work alumni and professionals and use this information towards further development of the Gandhi College Curriculum. This workshop has been postponed to January 2012 but will serve the same purpose of gathering information to develop the curriculum for the College of Social Work.
One thing that was a great accomplishment for the continuing development of the Dream Rainbow project this Summer was that Gujarat Vidyapith University has agreed to be the mentor and parent organization to the Gandhi College of Social Work, and as such they will provide academic, legal and technical support to the college once it opens. Gujarat Vidyapith was founded over 90 years ago by Mahatma Gandhi himself and as such is an asset to the overall Dream Rainbow project and its mission. A formal Memorandum of Understanding will be signed with the University in September.
Another major advancement has been collaboration with the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust (SAPMT) in Ahmedabad. As a group that works towards the cause of spreading information and awareness on the life achievements of Mahatma Gandhi, the SAPMT have agreed to extend their support in the Dream Rainbow Project and back AASRA in establishing the Bhitiarwa Ashram renovation along with the invaluable preservation of Gandhi heritage. Pictured left is an image from the SAPMT website and is a piece located in their Ashram gallery and museum. Sabarmati Ashram is also helping to get the library and a Gandhian book center set up for the College of Social Work. The Gandhi Research Centre, pictured below, is currently ready for academic use and is where the library and research center for the College of Social Work will be set up.
To this end, AASRA would like to call for Book donations to expand their library collection; academic books for the fields of Business, IT, Psychology, Sociology, Medicine, Law, Environment, Social Work, Literature and the like would make valuable additions to the Library. Anyone interested in donating books are welcome to do so through UCP-SARnet at Arizona State University as the Executive Team is based there and will be involved in collection of books for the Gandhi College of Social Work. Birendra is currently working to finalize vital plans for the college in the upcoming months and will share the progress with us as the project evolves. Visit the UCPSAR.net website under the projects page â€•What We Doâ€– to find out more on the Gandhi College of Social Work, the background of the project, plans for the curriculum and some collaborating organizations. Abidah Khalife
Regional Updates: EUROPE Member Organization: Pluribus Europe This organization has been a member with UCP-SAR.net since late 2010. Founded in 2006, Pluribus Europe works to promote equality in every single facet of the modern workplace. Under the hand of Director Isabelle Pujol (who is also on the supervisory board for British Petroleum), clients learn to foster humility and courage while engendering the diversity that makes every member of the company a valued part of the system. Pluribus has offices and partners all around the world, on nearly every continent on the planet. High profile clients include British Petroleum, Castrol Oil, Shell Oil, and L'Oreal Paris. These companies have benefited greatly from Pluribus' expertise, learning the ―Three H's‖--Head,
Member Organization: NEWW-Polska (The Network of East-West Women - Polska) Founded in 1991 and registered as an official organization in 1995, The Network of East West Women is an international resource to connect women advocates around the globe. Members from over 30 countries range from journalists to lawyers to professors to artist to health care workers to feminist activists – all working towards gender equality and especially towards improving the status of women in Central and Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation. As a UN Economic & Social Council accredited organization, members have the opportunity to participate in UN conferences and events as well as to participate in NEWW regional projects.
Heart, and Hand. The three combined are meant to instill a cohesive attitude not only about approaching problems in the workplace but also using practical knowledge to solve problems. These core values have helped Pluribus Europe span the globe carrying their positive message, and keeps every company working towards a common goal—E Pluribus Maximus, Greatness From Diversity. Visit the following web address for more information on Pluribus Europe and their involvement in the Global Community: http://www.pluribus-europe.com/en/ index.html . Joshua Wyrick
In 1999 the regional office of NEWW in Gdansk, Poland became registered as an independent organization. NEWW-Polska is one of the more recent additions to our valued organizational member contacts. The Executive Directory since early 2000 is Malgorzata Tarasiewicz, who has worked in support of international peace and justice as well as woman’s rights for decades. NEWW-Polska provides free resources for women in Poland including legal and psychological counseling, training sessions, and published information on topics of women’s health, women in the business world, and domestic violence. The organization also has a library with computer and internet access and vast collections of feminist literature as well as collections in Polish and English on law, psychology, sociology, economy, and health. Both NEWW and NEWW-Polska support freedom from violence and discrimination, and economic and social justice for men and women as well as women’s rights to proper healthcare and women inclusion into societal decisions. Thomas Lane
Regional Updates: NORTH AMERICA Member Organization: Anti-Poverty Project An organizational member since 2010, the Anti-Poverty Project (TAPP) embodies the ideology of UCP-SARnet at the juncture of where NGO resources and those in need of those resources meet. The Anti-Poverty Project roots its mission statement in the idea that by ―helping people help themselves‖ TAPP can facilitate a vast catalogue of resources to proactively empower the disadvantaged. The TAPP works towards connecting hard won resources including funds, mentoring programs and skill building classes, as well as basic amenities such as computers with the people who need it most. This in turn provides access to ―technology, personal development, and job-preparation programs‖ to best position people hoping to improve the scope of their lives, from personal improvement to their employment and financial situations. Located in Canada, TAPP searches for volunteer Francophones to establish bilingual programs and services as well.
The demographic benefitting from the work of TAPP include Aboriginals, single parents, at-risk youth, the unemployed, recent immigrants, and more generally, low-income men and women. Currently, TAPP has established many ongoing seminars and programs such as Dreamweaver, a 4 week personal development program composed of twelve participants that focuses on areas such as selfconfidence, the attainment of personal goals, the process of discovering personal talents, and realizing one’s overall potential. Beyond Dreamweaver, TAPP has also created a Female Employment Mentorship Program (FEM) and Men Employment Network (MEN). For more information about the continuing work of the program and its fresh mentality towards helping the disadvantaged, please visit their website at: http://tapp.org. Angela Abolhassani
"Train the Trainer" Event by the Institute for Life Coach Training In our February issue of our newsletter earlier this year, we introduced one of our newest knowledge partners – Coaching the Global Village. This non-profit organization began in 2006 when Dr. Patrick Williams (Ed.D, MCC) received the First Global Visionary Fellow award to pursue this project of spreading his coaching methodologies to leaders of other NGOs as well as to villages in developing countries all over the world. But Coaching the Global Village is not the first project that Dr. Williams has successfully developed. He has been involved in life coaching since 1990 and in 1998 he began the Institute for Life Coach Training which is an accredited Coach Training Program that specializes in training psychotherapists, psychologists and counselors. To raise awareness and educate on the role of coaching in the global arena and his coach approach in leadership amongst other topics, Dr. Williams speaks worldwide, has been interviewed on TV and on the radio, has co-authored various publications and has written many articles. On June 30th Dr. Williams held a Train the Trainer program hosted by: Arizona Rural Women's Health Network, UCP-SARnet, Council for Faith and Community Based Initiatives, The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and Arizona Interfaith Movement. This one-day program, which culminated with a certification for Participants in the ―Coach Approach to Purposeful Conversations when Coaching the Global Village,‖ was an opportunity to learn and practice life coaching principles, listening and questioning techniques, strategies for social change, and also to recognize the needs of underserved populations of Arizona Women. Dr. Wosinski, Osee Romeo, Mohamad Camara and Dorav Kumar of UCPSARnet attended this workshop which they found extremely beneficial. It is their hope that other UCPSARnet will be able to attend Dr. Williams’ future training events. To read more about Dr. William’s Life Coach Training Institute visit: LifeCoachTraining.com.. Abidah Khalife
Regional Updates: N. AMERICA (Continued)
New Knowledge Partner: Orbis Institute A nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause training future world leaders, Orbis Institute is the latest acquisition of the UCP-SARnet knowledge partner base. It is headquartered in Denver Colorado but some of its programs reach China, India, Kenya, Nepal and Slovakia, not to mention over 30 countries from which participants in the programs originate. Though Orbis was not an official organization till 2002, its genesis was 6 years prior with David French’s (the Founder) vision for leadership development and with the help of students in a
leadership class at the University of Colorado – Boulder. What started as forums and youth camps evolved into programs for aspiring leaders at the high school, college, and post-graduate levels. Tackling global issues takes qualified leaders and Orbis Institute is a force that fuels the talents of these individuals so vital to our future. To learn more about the programs offered by Orbis Institute and to get involved please visit their website at: orbisinstitute.org Abidah Khalife
Regional Updates: SOUTH AMERICA Newest Addition to Organizational Members: Changes for New Hope Already living below the poverty level, children in the Peruvian Andes Villages face a coupled dilemma; because the parents in this region have no choice but to seek work far from where they call home, and often cannot return for quite some time, the children in these regions not only face destitute living conditions with lack of the many amenities we are all so dependent on, but the often do so alone. Changes for New Hope was born when James Killon was inspired to do something for these children and personally funded the project to help these impoverished Peruvians with their education. With few funds, supplies, and volunteer teachers from university, the first school took off in 2009 and Changes for New Hope etched its place on the map. They currently serve two communities and hope to expand into 3 more nearby when properly funded. The organization thrives through donations (even small change counts as their ―Pennies for Peru‖ page depicts), through dedicated volunteers in the region as well as ones that travel to Peru to lend their expertise, and finally by raising awareness for their cause. Though education is the starting point for the organization, it does more than just that. It builds the children’s self-esteem by giving them the attention they otherwise lack. The funds also go to food, clothing and medical supplies for the Children and their Families in this region. And the most important part of the Changes for New Hope mission is their efforts put into making the families self-sufficient by trying to get small businesses and local jobs started; they are striving to end the struggles of the impoverished Peruvian Children and their Families by not only addressing the symptoms but also fighting the problems from the source itself. To find out more please visit: www.changesfornewhope.org. Image from Changes for New Hope Gallery.
As we transition into a new Executive Team this upcoming Fall 2011 semester, we would like to thank all the members, who may or may not remain on the Executive Team, that lent their time and dedication to the network thus far...
Take a moment to get to know a little more about who we, the members of the newsletter editing team for Spring and Summer 2011, are:
Self-Profile: Angela Abolhassani I am thrilled to be involved in the UCP-SARnet community. I have found that the impact of such organizations as a vital networking asset for the international community is of critical importance to bridging the disparity between the industrial and developing worlds. This past semester, I served as an English intern for UCP-SARnet. The more I learn about the work of UCP-SARnet and its partners, the more my interest is piqued in furthering the cause and expanding the network. As a Freshman at Arizona State University I currently attend the Barrett Honors College and am double majoring in Conservation Biology and Creative Writing. I have traveled to 14 different countries and lived in Bangalore, India for 18 months. I am interested in a spectrum of international concerns from environmental sustainability, to ocean conservation, to gender quality and hope to learn more as I further my work with UCP-SARnet.
Member Profile: Dorav Kumar Whenever a technical issue pops up at executive team meetings about the website, Dorav Kumar is always the first person to which the problem is addressed. A technical jack-of-all-trades, Dorav has helped tremendously with the continued maintenance and management of the website. As ICT team Assistant Coordinator to Adam Euerby, Dorav has helped make the website more efficient and easy to browse through by tirelessly updating information and collaborating with Dr. Wosinski. Having been a member for two semesters, he plans to remain with UCP-SARnet until he finishes his Masters in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. Dorav became interested in UCP-SARnet through a friend and was compelled to join after Dr. Wosinski expressed the need for a technical assistant to help with issues on the website. In Dorav’s words, he is ―interested in knowing about different cultures all around the world, the problems and issues people are facing, and how as ICT engineers we can bridge the gap between developing and developed nations.‖ After gaining experience in the IT industry in the U.S. Dorav plans to return to India where he can use his skill set to help humanitarian organizations. He believes his experiences with UCP-SARnet will allow him to fulfill his potential by working towards that ultimate goal while also greatly expanding his knowledge of global issues. Angela Abolhassani
Executive Team (Continued) Self-Profile: Thomas Lane As an English Intern with UCP-SARnet this past semester, my tasks within the organization have mainly involved writing articles for the monthly newsletters as well as editing various pieces on the website. I have enjoyed writing since a very young age, which is why I find writing for UCP-SARnet to be a very interesting and rewarding experience. Featured in the February 2011 Newsletter, one of my favorite article tasks was about the event at Dr. Marekâ€™s house where we socialized with the Chinese students visiting ASU from SIAS International University. Writing this article made me feel like a true journalist. I attended the meeting and gathered data on it firsthand. I then interviewed Dr. Marek afterwards to gather additional information. I hope to be a writer or journalist someday and I believe that my experience with UCP-SARnet is helping me realize my dream. I am also pleased to have had the opportunity to take part in advertising for the network at tabling events on campus. Working with UCP-SARnet has been a rewarding experience and I hope that I can stay affiliated with the organization long after I graduate. (Tom graduated from ASU with a concentration in English Literature this May. He will not be continuing with the Executive team in the Fall.)
Self-Profile: Joshua Wyrick Over the course of the semester I have learned much about the way non-profit organizations operate, and the specialties and limitations of such organizations. As expected, my time spent with UCP-SARnet as an English Intern has been more educational than anything else, helping me to build new skills rather than refine existing ones. Over this past semester, I have produced over twenty articles and edited many sections of the website. I also had the opportunity to promote our courses at ASU for others interested in the work of UCP-SARnet. Being a part of this network has helped me appreciate technology more in a society that is heavily saturated with advanced technology every day. Knowing how to open the lines of communication is essential to helping solve problems, and no group has learned this better than UCP-SARnet, which will continue on into the future tackling problems of even greater importance. (Josh enjoys writing short fiction and poetry during his down time, as well as bicycling and basketball. He graduated from ASU in May and will not be part of the Executive team in Fall 2011.)
Self-Profile: Abidah Khalife I graduated from ASU this May with a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree with concentration in Chemistry and Mathematics, along with a minor in Psychology. This was my first semester with UCP-SARnet; during this time I had the opportunity to be an editor of the newsletters and also to do some work managing the blogs. I hope to continue in this capacity in the upcoming semesters. Although I was born and raised in Arizona, my father is originally from Lebanon and my mother is originally from the small Island of Mauritius. Both Lebanon and Mauritius have beautiful natural and historic sites to enjoy, but like any other countries of the world there are also problems with such things as poverty, imperfect medical systems, and gender inequalities in social and cultural settings. My family moved to the Middle East when I was 10 which further lent me the opportunity to make friends from different backgrounds and expand my perspectives of global conditions that need to improve. I have always aspired to play a role in international peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. Having friends and family across the globe serves to strengthen my determination to be a part of changing the world for the better.
… Also meet the two members who held the critical roles in keeping the Executive Team running and on track!
Coordinator Profile: Randi Burggraff Randi will not be continuing with the Executive team in the upcoming semesters as she continues to pursue her other responsibilities. During her time with UCPSARnet, Randi served as an Assistant Facilitator and as the Coordinator of the Executive Team, Randi’s tasks included working within areas of strategic planning, coming up with fund raising ideas along with the search for sponsors, supervising the process of preparing and signing of MOU with new knowledge partners, developing a system of documentation for UCP-SARnet activities, and the supervising of the Undergraduate Research Assistants. Supervising URAs was one of the most time-consuming tasks Randi was responsible for. During the semester, she described this role as such: ―In supervision of URAs, I assign students each a list of tasks/projects that they are responsible for over the duration of the semester. I also meet with the URAs on a regular basis, either through meetings or individual instruction, to ensure work is being completed and also to answer all necessary questions‖. Randi graduated in May from Arizona State University as a Psychology major with a minor in Family and Human Dynamics. Her future aspirations are two-fold: Randi hopes to either attend Law School and eventually specialize in Family Law or obtain a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been working as a Family Support Specialist at Sage Counseling, a job in which she is very fond of: ―I am a voice for so many people who aren't able to have one and I love it!‖ Thomas Lane
Member Profile: Shannon Monn Shannon Monn is one of the busiest members of UCP-SARnet and represents a powerful momentum that drives the work of the executive team forward. As a full time mom receiving her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, she defies all odds by managing to volunteer ten hours of her time each week to UCP-SARnet. After taking Dr. Wosinski’s online Community Psychology class in the Fall of 2006, Shannon took advantage of the opportunity to take PGS 499 and become an Undergraduate Research Assistant. She has stayed with UCP-SARnet since, and provides an eloquent explanation for why she continues to volunteer: ―Although we may never fix all the problems that plague the world, I feel that spreading awareness and empowering individuals to make a positive change in their local, national, and global community is an admirable goal for all of us. Furthermore, through UCP-SARnet, I have learned so much about different cultures, organizations, and individuals that I'm always inspired to learn and do more with my own life.‖ As Assistant Editor, the list of Shannon’s responsibilities is substantial. This past semester, Randi and Shannon shared the role of ensuring all executive team members were on task which is in itself a huge task and involves keeping up with everything that needs to be done on the UCPSARnet portal. She also assumed the role of registering new organizational members, of remaining in contact with some of the current organizational members, and of updating contacts for country pages on Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Italy, Mongolia, and England. Shannon is a truly indispensable member of UCP-SARnet, she has been a member since the inception of the network, and with her continued support will undoubtedly facilitate its ongoing evolution. Angela Abolhassani
Collaborating Knowledge Partners Amity University (India) is one of the best private universities in India with over 50000 students. http://www.amity.edu/ Centre for Community Based Research brings people together to share knowledge in order to impact positive social change. http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca/ Coaching the Global Village works with social changers to use coaching to create innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Website: http://coachingtheglobalvillage.org/ 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, broadbased coalitions, and other partnership strategies. http://www.ccph.info/ Community Toolbox provides resources for community leaders. http://ctb.ku.edu/en/default.aspx?404;http://ctb.ku.edu:80/en/default.aspx East Europe Foundation seeks to support successful community-driven development initiatives. http://www.eef.org.ua/ Global Alliance for ICT & Development creates an inclusive global forum and platform to promote discussion on using ICT for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. http://www.un-gaid.org/ Global Alliance for Community Based Research promotes Community-Engaged Research as a fundamental means to contributing to human betterment by the sharing of knowledge across the world. http://communityresearchcanada.ca/ Global Interactions, Inc works with professionals to interact with domestic and global counterparts to increase exchange of practices, technologies, and research. www.globalinteractions.org/ Indira 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/ Jagiellonian University (Poland) is the second oldest university in Europe located in Krakow. http://www.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/ 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 Taking It Global uses the power of online community to facilitate global education, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement for millions of youth worldwide. http://www.tigweb.org/ UN Millennium Campaign supports and inspires people from around the world to take action towards the Millennium Development Goals. http://www.endpoverty2015.org/ 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/ 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/ 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/ World for World Organization (Italy) is an Italian-based non-profit organization, operating in Italy and internationally. http:// www.worldforworld.org/
Introducing members of our Advisory Board The following distinguished colleagues agreed to serve on our Advisory Board: Robert Cialdini, Arizona State University (USA), Liz Cunningham, University of Brighton (England), Aecio D’Silva, University of Arizona (USA), Kim Eagles, Grassroots Activist (USA), William A. Foster, Foster and Brahm Management Consulting (USA), Rajesh Jangareddy, Vitesse Semiconductor (India), Joanna Ochocka, Centre for Community Engaged Research (Canada), Grazyna Prawelska-Skrzypek, Jagiellonian University (Poland), Jan Sadlak, Warsaw School of social Sciences and Humanities (Poland), Jerrie Ueberle, Global Interactions Inc. (USA), Christopher Zambakari, Student Representative (USA).
Advisory Board Member: Dr. Grazyna Prawelska-Skrzypek A specialist in Urban Geography and Social Geography, Dr. Grazyna PrawelskaSkrzypek strengthens UCP-SARnet’s link to Eastern Europe with her knowledge of big city management, insight into local government and local and regional development, as well as a perspective on the role of culture in the regional policies in Poland. She currently serves as a professor at the Institute for Public Affairs at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Over a period from 2008 - 2009 Dr. PrawelskaSkrzypek was responsible for higher education in Poland while serving as the Deputy Minister of Education for the country. She also currently serves as a member in various associations and foundations tasked with Public Administration, Social Geography, and Economic Development. Several major publications to her name are on the subject of European Law Implementation, Public Services, and Planning and Strategic Management in regards to Public Policy. Joshua Wyrick
Advisory Board Member: William A. Foster Dr. William Foster is currently a professor in the Science, Technology and Society program at Arizona State University – Polytechnic Campus and has been since 2007. He teaches courses on social change (SOC 352), on information technology and globalization (STS 330), and courses on science and technology’s role to society and to the global arena (STS 330 and STS 317 respectively). He studied Religion at Williams College, Massachusetts where he graduated from in 1982. It wasn’t till about 14 years later that he began working towards his PhD and earned this distinction at the University of Arizona in 2001. Over the years Dr. Foster has worked as a Legislative and Press Secretary, as a Director of Communications and Legislative Assistant for Science and Technology, as a Sales Engineer, a Global Network Engineer, as an International and Regulatory Policy Editor (in Washington DC), as an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at ASU – West Campus. He has also been the president and co-head of Foster and Brahm Inc. since 1986, which is a consulting company for corporations and governments, advising on how to incorporate technology into their management systems to the best of their advantage. Some of the clients of Foster and Brahm have included the US Congress, the US Executive Office of the President, Federal Agencies, Netscape, Stanford University, University of Arizona, Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE) and the United Nations World Water Assessment Project. Dr. Foster has moved across the United States and across the Globe a lot over his life. An interesting fact is that as a child Dr. Foster’s family lived in Georgia briefly where they attended the Ebenezer Baptist Church, at which time Dr. Martin Luther King was preacher. Thomas Lane
Introducing members of our Advisory Board (Continued) Advisory Board Member: Rajesh Jangareddy Rajesh Jangareddy obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from an Engineering College in India after which his pursuit of further education brought him to Arizona State University for his MS. While at ASU, Rajesh completed training for corporate coaches offered by CoachVille, training undoubtedly valuable towards his interest in educating community leaders. Rajesh is currently on the advisory board of UCPSARnet and the ICT Team. One of his tasks is to coordinate for nongovernmental organizations in India and the United States to form collaborations and work towards the cause of global concerns. Rajesh currently works as an Electrical Engineer at Vitesse Semiconductor in Texas where he designs circuits for electronic chips. Abidah Khalife
Advisory Board Member: Christopher Zambakari An inspiration for all students who have ever been involved in UCP-SARnet, Christopher Zambakari has been with the network ever since it began. He went from being an Assistant Editor to an Associate Editor to, his current involvement, a student representative on the UCP-SARnet Advisory Board. He has been involved in such tasks as finding new collaborators, developing materials for the newsletters, tracking UCP-SARnet growth and progress, and supervising Assistant Editors. His interests extend beyond the global community issues delineated by the Millennium Development Goals to the social issues of sustainable economic development, international conflict resolution and human rights. As a SudaneseAmerican who experienced the civil war conditions firsthand, Christopher and his family fled Sudan over a decade ago and eventually settled in the United States. This is why peace sustainability in Sudan and socio-economic issues in Africa are more than just current world problems to Christopher, they are personal. And he is more than qualified to address all of the above issues on a global level. Christopher graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S in Psychology from Arizona State University â€“ West Campus in Fall of 2006. He went on to earn his MBA in International Finance from the University of Buckingham in England in 2009, after which he began his pursuit of a Doctorate in Law and Policy at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies in Boston. He speaks English, French, Sudanese Arabic, Zande, and Lingala. And this is only to name a few of his noteworthy qualifications. Christopher spends his time participating in conferences and conducting research on political reform in Sudan. He raises awareness to the problems faced in Sudan whenever possible. In 2007, he was one of the organizers for the Day of Remembrance for Darfur through which thousands of petitions were collected to press for a UN Peacekeeping Mission to stop genocide in Sudan. He also organizes events for the Southern Sudanese Woman Empowerment Network to bring awareness to their cause as well as raise funds. Christopher has served as a student representative to his colleagues in his MBA program and since 2007 he has been a National Student Representative to the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) for which he has been conducting peer-reviews in the grant-award process, editing publications, providing support to Student Regional Representatives of the group over regions in the US and Canada, and promoting SCRA. To say the least, he is not someone who is merely interested in social issues; he is a driving force for social change Thomas Lane
Member Organizations AASRA for Community Transformation (ACT) is a non-profit advocating for universal human rights and children’s rights. Website: www.aasraindia.org/ African Woman and Child Features Service (AWC) ensures that the voices of the women and children in Africa, and the issues they face, are better represented in mainstream media. Website: www.awcfs.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. Website: www.AnnFoundation.org Anti-Poverty Project (TAPP) assists communities through job training, personal development training and providing technology to non-profit organizations and to the disadvantaged. Website: www.tapp.org. Association for Welfare, Social Action, and Research—India (AWSAR) is an organization comprising of a group of professional social development workers from diverse background. Website: www.awsarindia.org/. Beam Foundation provides needy children in the developing world with school uniforms and necessary school supplies. Website: www.beamindia.org/ Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC) works with children, youth, parents, and governmental bodies to identify the needs of underprivileged children in Cameroon. Website: www.capecam.org. The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice works towards a civil justice system that is accessible, effective, fair and efficient. Website: cfcj-fcjc.org/news/ The Centre for Community Research and Action, Laurier works to advance community knowledge, social policy, and practice for community wellness and social equity. Website: www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=2615 Changes for New Hope supports the impoverished children from the Peruvian Andes region through educational programs, personal development, and building of social and emotional wellbeing. Website: www.changesfornewhope.org/. The Community University Research Alliance explores new ways of providing community mental health support. Website: www.communitybasedresearch.ca/takingcultureseriouslyCURA/ Ecuador Volunteer Foundation volunteers for social, community, educational, healthcare, and ecological projects throughout Ecuador. Website: www.ecuadorvolunteer.org/ Global Thinking Women empowers women of all ages throughout the various stages in their lives. Website: 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. Website: www.helpinglives.7p.com/
Member Organizations (Continued) India Vision Foundation (IVF): founded in 1994 by Dr. Kiran Bedi to expand upon the work of Navjyoti India Foundation. It strives to improve conditions in prisons, the lives of those incarcerated and that of their children. Website: www.indiaviosionfoundation.org/ LUKMEF helps Cameroon to embrace peace, non-violence, social justice, and sustainable development in order to alleviate poverty. Website: www.lukmefcameroon.org/ Navjyoti India Foundation (NIF) was founded in 1988 by Dr. Kiran Bedi. NIF works in collaboration with IVF for positive change, beginning with a flagship program for correction, drug-addiction and rehabilitation. Website: www.navjyoti.org.in/ Network of East West Women - Polska (NEWW-Polska) is a Poland-based womenâ€™s advocacy network that provides knowledge and resources to empower and strengthen women while working towards social and economic equity. Website: www.neww.eu/en/about/neww/0.html Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition (NYCC) is focusing on climate change and collaborates with collaborating with youth, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Website: nigerianyouthclimatecoalition.blogspot.com/ Pluribus Europe is a consulting organization which coaches and trains their clients, comprised of international companies, in diversity and inclusion techniques at all levels of corporate management. Founded in 2006. Website: www.pluribus-europe.com/en/ Somali Family Services, established in 2003, envisions a peaceful and thriving Somalia. They promote the causes of human rights, social justice, democracy, and sustainable living by empowering the marginalized groups and communities in the country. Website: ussfs.org. Students Travel and Exposure South Africa (STAESA) is a non-profit organization promoting and enhancing cultural exchange and development in Africa. Website: www.staesa.org/ TESA is a nonprofit organization aimed at researching, training researchers, outlining an implementing projects for the promotion of sustainable economy. Website: www.fundaciontesa.org/ Unreasonable Institute: supports globally-minded social entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to pressing issues. Website: unreasonableinstitute.org/ UCP-SARnet The Gambia undertakes a diverse and creative range of educational, humanitarian, and peacebuilding initiatives in to help achieve MDGs. Website: ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/gambia.
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Kim Eagles, Grassroots Activist (USA) William A. Foster, Foster and Brahm Management Consulting (USA) Rajesh Jangareddy, Vitesse Semiconductor (India) Joanna Ochocka, Centre for Community Engaged Research (Canada) Grazyna Prawelska-Skrzypek, Jagiellonian University (Poland) Jan Sadlak, Warsaw School of social Sciences and Humanities (Poland) Jerrie Ueberle, Global Interactions, Inc (USA) Christopher Zambakari, Student Representative (USA)
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