Educational Engagement

Faculty: Briana Nichols, PhD

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Project Objectives
  • To understand the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the provision of essential services and the promotion of occupations in the reconstruction of civil society in Guatemala
  • To investigate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in Guatemala and its impacts on families and social structure
  • To develop social and occupational perspectives and analyses of NGO activities by and with NGO staff and the communities or populations served
  • To consider educational engagement in relation to contemporary approaches to human rights, human development, and health disparities
Project Activities

The Educational Engagement Project Group will work with a Guatemalan partner organization to explore the impacts of educational and occupational disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic and consider strategies for educational and occupational reconstruction.  Further details coming soon!

Key competencies gained will include: instrument development, in-depth interviewing, ethnographic observation, qualitative data analysis, and executive report writing. Readings and group discussions will explore the role of humanitarian aid, development programs, and technical assistance in capacity- building, program sustainability, and priority-setting in global public health.

NOTE: Students’ willingness to contribute to the report in the 2-4 weeks following the field school end date is requested, in order to complete the writing, editing, and/or posting of the report.