Departmental Study Abroad
256 Family Social Services in Central Mexico
Families in central Mexico survive and thrive in their communities. Students explore how public and private organizations work with informal systems to assist those challenged by poverty, injustice, poor health, addictions and global economic pressures. Development opportunities for, and contributions of, women are emphasized. Speakers, site visits to agencies and programs, home-stays, indigenous village immersion, and an orientation to Mexico City are included. Offered occasionally during interim.
263 Indigenous Cultures of Australia
This course focuses on the diversity of culture and experience in Australia society. Students learn about the experience of Aboriginal families from a variety of social science perspectives. A major focus is the relationships between indigenous people and the majority population in the U.S. and Australia.
Social Work in the Latin American Context
The Cuernavaca, Mexico Spring Semester program is for social work students in their junior year. The Goal of the program is to develop cross-culturally competent, ethical social work professionals with a global perspective by providing a semester of transformative, experiential learning focused on social and economic justice.
Mexico Social Work Blog
Hi everyone. Our wonderful SWK intern (Bemidji alumn) Christina Olson posted the first SWK semester blog, which you can follow at http://swkmexico.blogspot.com/ Please share this link with your colleagues and students.
I am especially pleased to report that this year Nancy Rodenborg is having her SWK 280 students post comments on our students’ blog and our students will also be reading her class blog & posting comments on it. We are very excited about this collaboration and hope the rest of you will also be creative in thinking of ways to spread the word. If you can even add the blog link to your email signature, that would be great. I’ve been trying to add it for the past 2 days without any success, but hopefully I will figure it out soon.
I am delighted to report that the semester is off to a GREAT start! This is yet another wonderful group of students, and we are thorougly enjoying working wtih Mike! It has also been nice to have Naurine around for a few days.
Non-St. Olaf Study Abroad Opportunities
(See Department Faculty for advising prior to application.)