CSL: Center for Service and Learning IUPUI

When "hoping to help" hurts: What students, faculty, and staff need to know to avoid the pitfalls of global health volunteerism

As universities around the world celebrate the growing number of students seeking global learning experiences, we also face international crisis where pre-professional and professional students seek out or are actively recruited to participate in global health volunteer experiences that all too often endanger the well-being of host community members rather than improve health. While volunteers hope to help, there is little evidence to prove that they are helping. What forces are driving this crisis? Further, what can students, faculty and staff do to ameliorate harm to the communities they hope to serve? Join Dr. Lasker as she discusses her research that outlines the roots of the problem and offers strategies that we can take to “do no harm.

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Wednesday February 14, 2018 10:30 AM
Wednesday February 14, 2018 11:45 AM
CE 450A
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