Traveling WAY beyond Global Learning

Photo by Doug Levere With less than three months into our new Project Portal, I am excited on so many levels. Student interest is high and new projects are coming in from all directions. Our digital badges are yielding important data and the resulting stories are already compelling. While there is much to dig into [...]

What I Know to be True

I am back in Buffalo- having just returned from our 10-year anniversary trip to Mara Tanzania. And just like that, 10 years of my life and professional energies have been wrapped up in a bow; celebrated, honored and commemorated by my dear friends and partners who made me feel special and cherished beyond description. And [...]

Flipping the Privilege Continuum through Project-Based Collaboration

Photo by Doug Levere When I consider the promise of project-based collaboration, I get very excited. I have already seen its benefits for traditional college students. Challenged assumptions, deepened learning and clarified career goals, accompanied by fascinating cultural interactions and stories to share. It is not at all surprising that students are seeking more of [...]

Experiential Learning Calls: Join UB in Tanzania this Summer

(photos by Doug Levere) As we deepen our commitment to high-impact experiential learning and collaborative innovation, we recognize that everyone has something of value to contribute. We find that the closer we get to places, people and problems, the more we can leverage our talents, resources and connections. This is the promise of high-impact experiential [...]

Our new Tanzania Book: completely free and accessible from any computer or digital device

Book PDF I'm so excited to share our new book, "On Tanzania Time: Celebrating 10 Years of Friendship, Engagement and Discovery in the Mara Region" This book is as personal as it gets. It shares the early stages of our partnership when I first met members of the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa who were [...]

Transforming Global Partnerships into Pedagogical Impacts

Register for GPS Institute On Monday October 1st we will welcome partners from Ghana, Jamaica, Tanzania and Zimbabwe for our inaugural week of sharing, capacity building and networking toward the goal of creating new collaborations, projects and experiential learning offerings. What will come from this exciting week of presentations, studio sessions and innovation modules?  Our [...]

How far will we travel with our international partners?

Hello Everyone. I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I’ve been hard at work on some very exciting initiatives. And I think it’s finally time to share a sneak preview of what’s in store. Many of these programs and resources will be open to broad participation so I look forward to [...]

Delving into Dissonance

Dissonance is like the Holy Grail of learning. It is the place where we hit a conceptual wall, where our core assumptions about people, life, knowledge, and ourselves are rocked to the very foundation, forcing us to do something drastic- to alter our ways of understanding and interacting with the world. To say that dissonance [...]