Category: Enhancing Learning in Education Abroad: Study, Work, Intern, Volunteer, and Research Innovations

The Benefits and Challenges of Independent Research in Experiential Education

Wednesday, May 31
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
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Independent research projects risk being at odds with models of experiential education. This poster will show how such projects can be designed to enhance, rather compromise, experiential pedagogy.

Kari C. Pederson Behrends

Program Representative
Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, Inc. (HECUA)
Saint Paul, MN

Kari Pederson Behrends has been a part of the HECUA Recruitment Team since August of 2009. She is both a 2009 graduate from Macalester College and a 2007 alumna of HECUA’s Scandinavian Urban Studies Term (now The New Norway: Globalization, Identity, and the Politics of Belonging). Kari’s undergraduate career melded HECUA’s themes of social justice and multiculturalism with her work in psychology, art history and educational studies. At HECUA, Kari specializes in the HECUA USA programs focusing on Agriculture, Environment, and Justice issues, as well as HECUA Abroad programs located in Norway and Northern Ireland. Additionally, Kari enjoys contributing to HECUA's online portfolio and exploring the use of digital storytelling in promoting international education.

Kari is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Education at the School for International Training Graduate Institute.

Lauren White

Program Representative
Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, Inc. (HECUA)
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Lauren White, Program Representative, Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA). Lauren joined HECUA in August 2009, as a University of Minnesota graduate with a B.A. in the Bachelor of Individualized Studies program focused on mass communication, global studies, and art, with a French minor. Lauren participated in Art for Social Change in spring ’08 as one of HECUA’s first Scholarship for Social Justice recipients. Her interests center around the role of art and education in building community and combating injustices. She continues to be involved in this work through volunteering on the Board of Directors of the Art Shanty Projects. Lauren grew up in New Zealand and has experience studying and traveling in Europe and the South Pacific.