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Join us Saturday, March 30 for the 2019 GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics at the FedEx Global Education building!

This free, one-day event is designed to help students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement with global communities, and develop intercultural competencies.

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Saturday, March 30 • 10:15am - 11:15am
"Voluntourism" + the White Savior Complex FULL
Limited Capacity full
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In this session, we'll engage in an interactive discussion about ‘voluntourism’ and the 'white savior complex' and how these concepts relate to global travel. You've heard of ‘voluntourism,’ where travelers with good intentions take breaks from their vacations abroad to provide some form of assistance or help to local communities. So why has ‘voluntourism’ earned a bad reputation in the world of international development and social justice?

In this discussion, we explore the phenomenon of voluntourism, how it reinforces global systems of power, and how to make your global impact sustainable. And we'll talk about what is involved in being a 'white savior,' why it's problematic, and some of the things you can do to avoid falling into the trap of the savior complex. Our intention is for this session to offer a safe and welcoming space for students to be introduced to the concepts of ‘voluntourism’, and ‘white savior complex’, while encouraging honest reflections on how we can participate in global and intercultural experiences in more ethical and compassionate ways.

Weren't able to attend this session or need a reminder of the resources covered? Check out the following:

avatar for Iyman Ahmed

Iyman Ahmed

Program Manager, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
Iyman Ahmed manages federal funding opportunities at the Center for Global Initiatives including the Fulbright-Hays Faculty and Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. She also serves as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program adviser and co-leads the First-Year Experience Imme... Read More →

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Tara Casebolt

Graduate Student, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Tara Casebolt is a doctoral student in the Maternal and Child Health department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has Master's degrees in social work and public health with an emphasis on international development and advocacy. After completing her Master's programs... Read More →
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Gretchen Bellamy

Senior Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives, UNC Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Gretchen C. Bellamy is the Senior Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives. Gretchen has a robust background in advising organizations on the transformation of their diversity and inclusion strategies. Gretchen oversees the Inclusive Student Excellence outreach and retention... Read More →
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Jalyn McNeal

Youth Development Specialist, Peace Corps Morocco
Jalyn is a spring 2017 Carolina First graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and double minor in French and Arabic. While at UNC, Jalyn was awarded the Passport to GO! award, FLAS Fellowship, and a Global Studies Small Summer Grant which allowed for him to pursue his international... Read More →
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Anna Williams

Graduate Peace Corps Representative | Graduate Student, University Career Services | Gillings School of Public Health
Anna is a first year graduate student at Gillings in the Department of Maternal and Child Health where she focuses on sexual and reproductive health. Anna's passion for public health stems from her Peace Corps service in Togo (2013-2015) where she and her community worked on various... Read More →

Saturday March 30, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
room 1009