NEWSLETTER UCP-SARnet Department of Psychology Arizona State University P.O. Box 871104 950 S. McAllister Tempe, AZ 85287-1104 Phone: 480-965-6253 Fax: 480-965-8544 Editors of this issue: Olivia Halmova Jarrod Harbour Richard Hovey Shannon Monn Eugene Slutskiy Marek Wosinski
ADVISORY BOARD: R. Cialdini (USA) S. Dermingeciolu (Turkey) K. Eagles (USA) A. Fisher (Australia) G. Harper (USA) P. Levesque (Canada) J. Liu (New Zealand) G. Nelson (Canada) J. Ornelas (Portugal) A. Raviv (Israel) A. de Rosa (Italy) H. Salgado (Chile) T. Sasao (Japan) I. Serrano-Garcia (Puerto Rico) F. Tiger (USA) Ch. Zambakari (Sudan)
Volume 1 Issue 3 August 18, 2008
We Need Your Commitment! CONTENT OF THE ISSUE Welcome to the third issue of the UCP-SARnet newsletter. Today we present an exciting second version of the IGLOO Platform (page 2), introduce the new structure of UCPSARnet Leadership (page 2), describe responsibilities of Regional Coordinators (page 3), inform about UCP-SARnet based courses (page 4) and special interest groups (page 5). Finally we introduce reorganized Executive Team and new Regional Coordinators Team (page 6).
Growth of UCP-SARnet Membership
India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Korea, North Sudan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, Somalia, North Sudan, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, USA, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Although together with CIGI and IGLOO continual attention and upgrading of the technological aspects of our platform will be required, it currently provides all necessary features to begin full realization of our mission.
We invite each member of UCP-SARnet to spread the word about our network and invite individuals, community organizations and university-community partnerships to join our global community.
It is time to initiate a real dialog on the impact of cultural context on organization and effectiveness of community programs. The further growth of our network is now in the hands of entire community and depends on individual commitment of each member.
As of August 16, 2008 UCP-SARnet has 446 members from 40 countries.
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The countries of membership are: Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, Gambia, Ghana,
After only two years of development, the UCP-SARnet platform finally encourages and supports international dialog and collaboration.
Only by sharing our local experiences with others, and by being open to what others have learned from their experiences, we can connect the local and the global and find solutions to social issues.
http://ucpsarnet.asu.edu OUR KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS: Leadership Learning
New Structure of Leadership Team Earlier this summer we made major changes in the structure of our Leadership Team. The purpose of it was to make the team truly international and representing not only faculty and students, but also community professionals and activists.
To the existing Executive Team we added the group of Regional Coordinators (see p.3) each of them representing a specific country. Our Executive Team for remainder of 2008 has 25 members (12 represent undergraduate students, 5 graduate students, 3 community professionals, 5 university faculty). Recently few new members joined the team: Liz Cunningham (England) from Health and Social Policy Research Center at the University of Brighton, Richard Hovey
Version 2 of IGLOO In March 2009 IGLOO will move its communities to the new version of the software. The new platform is user friendly and will have features allowing efficient communication and interactions between and among members. Members who at that point will not have edited Personal Profile will not be transferred. In the meantime we will try our best to assure that our platform is functional and meets your needs.
(Canada) Vice President for Research and Professional Education, Canadian Diabetes Association, Nicholas Kaufmann (Switzerland), Graduate Student from University of Illinois at Chicago and Rich Janzen (Canada), from the Centre for Community Based Research in Kitchener. To read descriptions of their responsibilities please visit: About UCP-SARnet/ Leadership Team/Executive Leadership Team. The first planning meeting with the new team will take place on August 22.
New Structure of Navigation Please note changes to the structure of main navigation on UCPSARnet's home page. The most important changes are as follows:
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we created sub-navigation for most of the items in the menu about UCP-SARnet link reflects new structure of Leadership Team Link Collaboration leads to five major types of international networking offered by UCP-SARnet: special interest groups, regional pages (by country) administered by Regional Coordinators, working space for collaboration on new action research projects, community programs and for collaborative writing there is a new link "UCP-SARnet Based Courses" leading to currently offered courses based on resources and collaborative features offered by our network link Newsletter leads to current and old issues of our newsletter links to Person of the Week, Community of the Week and Video of the Week are placed at the bottom of our homepage
We hope that you will find this structure more user friendly and we promise not to make further changes before the upgrade of the IGLOO system.
Co-Part-Act-In' Network During the 2008 International Conference on Community Psychology (Lisbon, Portugal), a new international network of students and young professionals interested in Community, Participation, Action and Innovation was created. The group has established a page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ group.php?gid=28826904520) has 43 members and is facilitated by Nicholas Kaufmann from Switzerland. Currently we are in discussion about incorporation of this group into UCP-SARnet. Nicholas Kaufmann joined our Leadership Team with the task of coordinating collaboration with this group. We are planning to invite members of the group to serve as Regional Coordinators.
Regional Coordinators As previously mentioned we are inviting young community activists from different countries to serve on UCP-SARnet Leadership Team as Regional Coordinators. Commencing with one Regional Coordinator per country with a hope that with time and support they will create national teams. Our expectation for each Regional Coordinator is to make a commitment for at least one year. The responsibility for the development of the national teams will be coordinated by
Christopher Zambakari, a member of our Advisory Board. Each individual Regional Coordinator will determine the amount of time he/she is able to devote to their role. Although the vision of their role is still open to appropriate modification, the following outlines possible responsibilities and accountabilities. • Arranging collaboration between UCP-SARnet and regional community organizations by making relevant contacts, providing information about
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regional community organizations and inviting their membership, and creating publicity for the network Representing UCPSARnet at the local level Represent their region on UCP-SARnet special interest groups Identifying local young community activists who have potential to become community leaders and involve them in UCPSARnet Provide materials for Video of the Week, Person of the Week, and Community of the Week
Collaborate with regional office of United Way Facilitate a regional special interest group on UCP-SARnet devoted to specific community needs with focus on the impact of cultural context on organization and effectiveness of community programs Share with other UCPSARnet members information illustrating how global issues are addressed in their region Contribute as one of co-editors to publishing of UCP-SARnet Newsletter devoted to their region
Using various social networks (sites such as Facebook, MySpace) to make their work visible and invite collaboration of young people in their region
This week we launch the first set of interactive pages for Regional Coordinators representing the following countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Vanuatu.
Dear Regional Coordinators, My name is Christopher Zambakari and it will be my privilege to assist you in moderating collaboration between UCP-SARnet and local community organizations. I definitely do share your enthusiasm about this new perspective, allowing us to make community organizations in your region visible to community professionals, students and faculty around the globe. I hope that together we will be able to prove the importance of international dialog in addressing global issues. I also deeply believe that together we will demonstrate that the ability to apply a global perspective to local issues is a necessary attribute of effective community leaders. Welcoming all of you on board I have to say that I am deeply impressed by the community experience and involvement of each of you. In this context I would like to briefly introduce myself as we engage in what promises to be a unique experience inspired by a call to community action. I am a Sudanese-American, currently finishing my Masters in Business Administration in International Finance in New York City. I am also serving as The National Student Representative for the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA or also known as Division 27 of the American Psychological Association). I have been with UCP-SARnet from its very initial stage and I will be happy to share with you not only our vision for the network, but also our struggles in the process of its implementation. I have a vested interest in African issues, economic and political development, and international diplomacy. This includes human capacity building, infrastructure and institutional capacities and the facilitation of development of emerging economies. Hence I find myself at once in political science, international relations, finance, and community social development as my core areas of operations. Therefore I hope we will find a common language to talk about community issues. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly from the UCP-SARnet home page. Thank You, Christopher Zambakari
UCP-SARnet Based Courses The first set of UCP-SARnet online courses offered by the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University are announced on our platform: Introduction to Community Research and Action, Community Psychology, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant and Undergraduate Research Assistant. Introduction to Community Research and Action is intended to provide basic knowledge about community research and action. This course will provide the student with insight on how to become an effective contributor to communities of interest and
of this course is to expose community leaders and professional to the basic knowledge and importance of global networking leading toward an understanding of cultural context on organization and effectiveness of community programs. You may find detailed information about these courses by following the link UCP-SARnet Based Courses in the main navigation. We invite all instructors teaching community related courses to incorporate resources and tools offered by UCP-SARnet. Later this year we will offer an online workshop with instruction how to develop a UCP-SARnet based course.
action research. Participants will discuss such basic concepts as sense of community, empowerment, prevention, intervention and resilience, learn how universities can be involved in community, obtain information about local and global community organizations, learn about the importance of global networking, and about undergraduate and graduate programs preparation for community leadership. Community Psychology online course is based on videotaped panel discussions during which 35 invited speakers representing various community organizations and universities discuss community issues. The following topics
are covered by the course: Global Community; Resources for Networking; Introduction to Community Psychology; Poverty; In Pursuit of Good Community: Social Justice for Well Being; Prevention; Resilience; Participatory Action Research; Domestic Violence; Child Abuse; LGBT Community; Needs of Senior Citizens; Immigrants and Community; School and Community; Community and Mentally Ill; Faith Communities; Cultural Context and Community Programs; Community Leadership. Students interested in a teaching career may take the course Undergraduate Teaching
Assistant during which they will learn basics of online instruction helping with organization of the two above mentioned courses. Students interested in Participatory Action Research may take the course Undergraduate Research Assistant and by becoming a member of UCP -SARnet Executive Team participate in the process of the development and evaluation of the platform. In the fall we are also planning to offer a course "Connecting the Global with the Local; Multicultural Perspective on Community Leadership" that will allow you to earn professional development and continuing education credits. The objective
Search for Sponsors Our network is growing and will continue to grow. This implies a need for funding that could cover the costs of administration of the network, hosting the platform and promotional efforts. We kindly invite assistance of all UCP-SARnet members in our search for SPONSORS. We would appreciate any suggestions regarding for profit corporations that could be interested in becoming a principle sponsor or a supporting sponsor of our network. By sponsoring our project, corporation may be directly contributing to the education of future community leaders, as well as shining a positive light on their corporation visible to specific audiences worldwide: university faculty, students, community leaders and community professionals. Detailed information about sponsorship is found through the link called Sponsors in main navigation area. We will also appreciate information about FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES through private donation and government grants.
Interactive Pages for Presenters at Featured Conferences We opened the first set of interactive pages for people who presented at the Community-University Expo in Victoria (Canada) this June. Each page contains the link to the author's profile and to the website of his organization, the abstract and text of the presentation, as well as a forum where other members of UCP-SARnet can post questions and comments about the presentation. We will encourage instructors teaching community related courses to recommend that their students visit these pages. We hope that this will not only expose the author's work to broader audiences but will also initiate further collaboration on the topics under discussion. In October we will begin inviting presenters at the Second International Conference on Community Psychology to open interactive pages on our website.
You may access these pages following the link Featured Conferences in the main navigation.
Special Interest Groups Additionally, international dialog will be generated on specific community issues offered by new Special Interest Groups. Based on the descriptions provided by our members in Personal Profiles we created these initial functional groups: Community Based Research, Community Building, Community Psychology and Politics, Cultural Diversity, Education, Environmental Issues, Family, Health, Human Rights, University-Community Partnership, Participatory Action Research, Poverty, Technology, Youth and Women's Issues. These initial groupings presented above are encouraged to consider meaningful collabo-
rations that can be creatively restructured and redefined into cross-disciplinary groups or to create sub groups focusing on a specific aspect of the issue. Using information provided by members on their profiles we initially assigned people to groups, but we strongly encourage members to visit the group pages, add content to the group, sign up as a member of another group or suggest the creation of other groups. We expect that a moderator for each group will emerge and take an initiative in facilitating discussion and organizing collaboration. Initially a member of our Leadership Team will be assigned to each group whose role will be to assist the group in
all possible aspects until the group becomes fully active and self managing. During the transitional period please contact this person directly form the group's page on all issues related to participation in group's activities. The page for each group contains the following features: forum, chat room, direct e-mail communication among members of the group, adding new documents and links, and creating new folders with information relevant to the focus of the group. You can access this page following the link Collaboration/ Special Interest Groups in main navigation.
TOPICS FOR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS Community Based Research Community Building Community Partnerships Cultural Diversity Education Environmental Issues Family, Health, Human Rights, Human rights Participatory Action Research Poverty Sex/Sexuality Related Issues Technology University-Community Partnership Women's Issues Youth
To access the groups please click on Collaboration/Special Interest Groups in main navigation. We have created a project on TakingItGlobal Network (http:// projects.takingitglobal.org/ucpsarnet) and a group Friends of UCP-SARnet on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18239229189). If you are a part of these networks please join the groups and also invite your friends. It will help to spread the word about our network.
UCP-SARnet LEADERSHIP Executive Team 1. Alan Coddington - Assistant Student Editor 2. Taylor Cody - Associate Student Editor 3. Liz Cunningham M.S. - Editor (England) 4. Edward Dean - Assistant Student Editor 5. Soly Einy - Assistant Student Editor 6. Olivia Halmova - Assistant Student Editor 7. Laurie Handel - Assistant Student Editor 8. Jarod Harbour - Associate Student Editor 9. Dr. Richard Hovey - Editor (Canada) 10. Ewa Ille - Associate Student Editor 11. Rajeshwara Jangareddy M.S. Associate Editor (India) 11. Rich Janzen M.S. - Editor (Canada) 12. Nicholas Kaufman M.S. - Associate Editor (Switzerland) 13. Min Lu, M.A. - Associate Editor (China) 14. Shannon Monn - Associate Student Editor
15. Dr. Joanna Ochocka - Editor, Coordinator of Evaluation (Canada) 16. Aswath Pavithran, B.S. Technical Assistant (India) 17. Meghan Ralston - Assistant Student Editor 18. Krystie Revees - Assistant Student Editor 19. Corey Sardarian - Assistant Student Editor 20. Madison Schroeder - Assistant Student Editor 21. Sameer Shekhar - Technical Assistant (India) 22. Eugene Slutskiy, B.S. - Associate Editor 23. Maria Silva - Associate Student Editor 24. Dr. Eva Szeli - Editor (USA) 25. Dr. Marek Wosinski - Editor and Network Facilitator (USA) 26. Zuduo Zheng, M.S. Associate Editor (China)
Regional Coordinators Bangladesh: Atiar Rahman Egypt: Mohammed Diffy Al-sabaa, Ahmed Tamman Gambia: Abdou Jatta Ghana: Selorm Kofi Dake India: Briendra Kumar and Prakash Singh Indonesia: El Wazeen Iran: Morteza Moshir Sinaei Kenya: Mark Okowa Nigeria: Esther Agbarakwe, Henry Ekwuruke, Danjuma Mohammed Haruna, Benedicta Ideho. Philippines: Jean Celeste Paredes Somalia: Abdilaahi Elmi Ali Sudan: Elario Zambakari Tunisia: Nabil Chemli Vanuatu: Joel Kalpram Zambia: Matongo Maumbii Zimbabwe: Nicky Moyo
If you know someone who would be interested in serving as a Regional Coordinator or if you are interested yourself, please contact either Christopher Zambakari or Marek Wosinski directly form our site.