Education Abroad


The Ethics and Impact of Experiential Education Abroad to Vulnerable Populations

Friday, June 3
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: CCC, 605

Poorly performing international volunteering and service-learning programs can create tangible harm, particularly among vulnerable populations. Presenters examine research-based critiques of such practices, and share mutually empowering models of engagement that advance student learning and support ethical global community-driven development.

Learning Objectives:

Eric Hartman

Assistant Professor
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS

Eric Hartman is an Assistant Professor in the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. He served as executive director of Amizade Global Service-Learning from 2007 - 2010, through which he advanced community-driven development in more than a dozen communities around the world. Following a successful tenure with Amizade, he went on to serve on that organization's board of directors and to co-found, a steadily growing network of institutions and organizations dedicated to best practice global learning, cooperative development, and campus-community partnerships. He continues to serve globalsl as editor and convener. His publications on global service-learning, global citizenship, and fair trade learning have spanned edited volumes, peer-reviewed journals in service-learning and international development, and popular and trade magazines such as International Educator, contributing to his receipt of the 2013 Emerging Scholar Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.

Jessica Evert

Executive Director
Child Family Health International (CFHI)
San Francisco, California

Dr. Jessica Evert straddles international education and the medical profession. She served as CFHI Medical Director from 2008 to 2013 when she was appointed to the Executive Director role. Dr. Evert is Faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she instructs in Global Health and community-based underserved care and helped develop, as well as completed, the Global Health Clinical Scholars residency track. Dr. Evert is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and is a longtime advocate for health-related international education quality and ethical standards. She is author and editor of multiple chapters, articles and books in global health with a focus on education, ethics, and asset-based engagement, including the seminal texts: 1) Developing Global Health Programming: A Guidebook for Medical and Professional Schools, 2nd Ed 2) Global Health Training in Graduate Medical Education, 2nd Ed and 3) Reflection in Global Health: An Anthology. She helped develop the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards for Health-Related Undergraduate Programs. Dr. Evert is a recipient of Global Health Education Consortium's prestigious Christopher Krogh Award for her dedication to underserved populations at home and abroad. Dr. Evert's research and advocacy areas of focus are the ethics of global educational engagement, competency-based international education, health disparities, asset-based programmatics and reflection.

Michael Sandy

Director, Study Abroad
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Michael Sandy is the Director of Study Abroad at Bridgewater State University’s Minnock Center for International Engagement. His 18 year career has intersected global service learning and study abroad at colleges and universities and international education institutions, consistently promoting and supporting globally-engaged students and community-based partnerships. In 2013, he was awarded the David A. Pollock Outstanding International Educator Award from the PA Council for International Education in recognition of outstanding leadership in international education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Sandy earned his master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from University of Pittsburgh and his BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Willy Oppenheim

Founder and Director, Omprakash
Seattle, WA

Willy is an educator, a researcher, and the leader of a social enterprise working to make international volunteering more ethical and impactful. Willy came up with the initial idea for Omprakash ( at the age of eighteen, after serving as a volunteer English teacher in northern India in 2004. The basic premise was to create a platform connecting volunteers with social impact opportunities around the world. He then attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he completed a self-designed major in religion, education, and anthropology. Willy has worked in classrooms in the United States, India, Pakistan, and China, and in the wilderness as a faculty member at the National Outdoor Leadership School. In 2009, he received a Rhodes Scholarship and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education from Oxford University. His thesis focuses on demand for girls' schooling in rural Pakistan. Meanwhile, he continues to lead Omprakash and its newest initiative, Omprakash EdGE, which is an online learning platform designed to help international volunteers enrich their learning and impact before, during, and after they travel abroad. When not engaged in his teaching, his educational research, or his leadership of Omprakash, Willy enjoys rock climbing, telemark skiing, playing guitar, and baking bread.


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