Service-learning and international programs have become foundations across universities, often recognized for their ability to support students in achieving academic learning goals and building empathy; however, these programs have come under increasing criticism for reinforcing power dynamics and failing to address issues of identity and privilege. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss how integrating social justice pedagogies into their international service-learning programs made space for conversations around identity, power, and privilege. Presenters will do so by sharing their experiences with two international service-learning opportunities. Attendees will learn about the presenters' experiences as program organizers and leaders and discuss how service programs grounded in social justice pedagogy has the potential to promote greater inclusion in international education and service-learning experiences. This session should particularly benefit educators interested in incorporating social justice frameworks and inter-group dialogue practices into service-learning, international, and other educational programs and curriculum.
- Rosemary Ferreira, Graduate Coordinator, Alternative Breaks, University of Maryland - College Park
- Jazmin Pichardo, Assistant Director, Diversity Training and Education, University of Maryland - College Park
- Jeremy Gombin-Sperling, Research Associate, Education Abroad, University of Maryland - College Park