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Thomas Stephenson in New Zealand

Thomas Stephenson, HECUA New Zealand student blogger
Thomas Stephenson will be HECUA's student blogger from the New Zealand Culture and the Environment: A Shared Future program this fall semester. Thomas is a junior, majoring in Communications and minoring in Cinema at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio. Read on for Thomas' first impressions of New Zealand.  I’ve been in New Zealand two weeks, and I’ve already experienced so much it was tough to limit myself to one topic! After our group’s tour of the Xtreme Zero Waste recycling and reuse plant in the small surf community of Raglan, however, I knew that this was experience I wanted to share...

Ella Budzinski in Norway

Ella Budzinski is HECUA’s fall semester student blogger for The New Norway program! She is a Spanish and Communications Sciences & Disorders major and Scandinavian Studies minor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She’ll be posting on the HECUA blog regularly this fall semester. Read on for Ella’s first impressions of Oslo. I'm now in my fourth week of school in Norway. It's weird to even write that down. I feel so comfortable in Oslo, and yet it seems impossible that I have already been here for six weeks. Time is strange like that.  I’m here for a semester-long study abroad program...

Hashem Abushama in Northern Ireland

Hashem Abushama, Northern Ireland alum
Hashem Abushama is a rising senior at Earlham College, majoring in Peace and Global Studies, and minoring in Economics. He spent the past three months based in the city of Derry~Londonderry, enrolled in HECUA’s semester long Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland program. Hashem and his classmates studied the history of the violent conflict in Northern Ireland, as well as observing and participating in peace-building activities. Each HECUA student completed an individual internship as well; Hashem's placement was at St. Columb's Park House, supervised by Shane O'Connor. Hashem has...

Introducing HECUA's New Executive Director, Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams headshot
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) Announces Andrew Williams as new Executive Director. Saint Paul, MN –– August 1, 2016 –– The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) names Andrew L. Williams, current Director of Diversity Student Support Programs at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, as incoming Executive Director, effective August 1st. HECUA, a Minnesota-based consortium of 24 colleges and universities, with 70+ community partners, has a long history of developing programs that marry rigorous academic study and hands-on...

Alumni Profile: Darius Gray

Darius Gray, Art for Social Change alum
Welcome to our Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with at least one HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This July we're lucky enough to have two alumni profiles! If you missed Tenzin Kunsal's interview, you can catch it here. Below, you'll find our interview with intrepid Art for Social Change alum, Darius Gray. Darius completed HECUA's Art for Social Change program...

Alumni Profile: Sadie Luetmer

HECUA alumna Sadie Luetmer
HECUA alumna Sadie Luetmer graduated in 2011 from the University of Minnesota, with an Individualized Degree in International Human Rights. Since Sadie’s time in our Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change Program, she has traveled the world in various capacities – as a journalist, a scholar, a documentarian, and more. We caught up with Sadie as she traveled across Northern Minnesota as part of the AMA-G crew documenting Honor The Earth founder (and former vice-presidential candidate) Winona LaDuke’s 'Love Water Not Oil' tour. We were curious how her career had developed post-graduation...

Alumni Profile: Tenzin Kunsal

Tenzin Kunsal
Welcome to HECUA's Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with a HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This month we're delighted to feature Tenzin Kunsal, currently the Programs and Outreach Strategist at local non-profit Pollen. Tenzin is a graduate of St. Olaf College, and completed HECUA's Race in America program in 2010.   Six years ago in the early spring of 2010,...

Acoma Gaither: Art for Social Change

Art for Social Change student Acoma
Acoma Gaither is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature. Acoma spent the spring semester studying off-campus with HECUA, in our reimagined Art for Social Change program. She devoted 20 hours per week to work with local non-profit organization Pangea World Theater, for a total of 200 hours over the course of the semester. Read on for Acoma's take on her work at Pangea.  Pangea World Theatre is a powerhouse for progressive placemaking, shaped by political dialogue around race, gender, human rights, and social justice. This...

Annie Cameron: Art for Social Change

Anne Cameron, art for social change student, at Pillsbury House + Theatre.
Annie Cameron is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Studies in Cinema and Media Culture. For the past semester, she's been earning University of Minnesota credits off-campus, enrolled in HECUA's full time Art for Social Change program. Annie split her time between a HECUA-arranged internship in Councilmember Alondra Cano's office and class at the Pillsbury House + Theatre. Read on for Annie's reflections at the end of a full semester.  Interactions Through Art There have been countless experiences to reflect upon in my semester of Art for Social Change. I am an intern...

Pelle Tracey in Northern Ireland

Pelle Tracey is a junior at at Earlham College, majoring in Peace and Global Studies, with a minor in Photography. Pelle is our student correspondent for the Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change program this semester, posting regularly about his experience in Derry~Londonderry and beyond. Read on for Pelle's final update from Northern Ireland. The whirlwind of our study abroad program is finally finished, and as I sit at my parent’s kitchen table in West Virginia, it seems that the dust has settled enough for me to shift through the last few weeks of our time overseas.  After our...

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