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Ethically Responsible Community Engagement Practices in an International Setting

Thursday, June 2
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room: CCC, 605

Participants will learn about ethical issues in international community engagement programs, and strategies for developing and maintaining international community engagement partnerships. Presenters will examine the design and pedagogical framework underlying a program focused on the ethics of sustainable development and community engagement.

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Scot Yoder

Associate Professor
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Scot Yoder has a BA from Goshen College, an MA from Bowling Green State University, and a PhD in Philosophy from Michigan State University. He taught at Seton Hall University before returning to MSU as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy in 2001. Scot’s academic interests are in healthcare and environmental ethics, American pragmatism, and the philosophy of religion. Scot has led several MSU programs in Costa Rica, including one for the RCAH. "The Ethics of Ecotourism and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica" is designed for RCAH students, featuring ethics, language immersion, and civic engagement.

Vincent P. Delgado

Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Co-founder of Lansing’s Refugee Development Center and former Co-Chair of Ingham Power of We Consortium, Vincent Delgado has several decades of experience in international and refugee contexts, innovative civic engagement projects and large systems change networks.

After graduating from the University of Michigan in English Literature and Communications, Delgado worked as a print journalist, covering humanitarian issues in Central America, labor in Mexico, and politics and local government in the United States. His work has appeared in major newspapers, travel magazines, and several Washington, D.C.-based political newsletters. Before founding the RDC, he served as Resettlement Director at St. Vincent Catholic Charities, and was responsible for the mass resettlement to mid-Michigan of Afghan families following 9/11 and the Lost Boys of Sudan, among many others. The Colorado native is fluent in Spanish and has worked as an English as a Foreign Language instructor and an adjunct professor in political science.

His current areas of interest include nonprofit management, partnership ecosystems, civic engagement curriculum development and assessment and student leadership. As a member of the Global Workshop, he published the documentary cookbook A Taste of Freedom: A Culinary Journey with America’s Refugees (2003) and was named International Humanitarian of the Year for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Region in both 2005 and 2006.


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