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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
 

9:00am EDT

Breakfast and Registration
Check in, enjoy breakfast and informal conversation with fellow students, staff, faculty and community participants.

Saturday March 30, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Atrium

10:00am EDT

Opening Remarks
Welcome to GO! This plenary session will introduce you to the concepts behind the GO! Global Orientation and walk you through the structure of the day.

Saturday March 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:15am EDT
Atrium

10:15am EDT

"Voluntourism" + the White Savior Complex
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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:

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Tara Casebolt

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 →
avatar for Gretchen Bellamy

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 →
avatar for Jalyn McNeal

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 →
avatar for Anna Williams

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

10:15am EDT

Ethics + Culture: A Beginners' Guide
Limited Capacity filling up

Introduction to ethical considerations central to any global experience, locally or abroad. Learn the importance of the qualities of respect, humility, reflection, and openness and how to practice these in different cultural situations. Hear honest stories from students who have had these experiences and how they applied these qualities to overcome potential ethical issues.

Missed this session and want to see what they discussed? Download the session handout and the ethical dilemmas files listed before.

Moderators
avatar for Brandy Arellano

Brandy Arellano

Program Manager, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
Brandy manages programs to open access to new global opportunities; the programs include Passport to Go! Fellowship, GO! Global Orientation, Global Take Off: Puerto Rico, and the Carolina Global Initiative Award. Brandy is originally from Miami, Florida and grew up in a large Cuban household. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC with majors in Psychology and Exercise & Sport Science. As a student, she began her traveling experiences in two study abroad programs: first to Samoa, F... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Thilini Weerakkody

Thilini Weerakkody

Student, 2021, UNC Campus Y
Thilini is originally from Sri Lanka who grew up in Sweden and moved to Chapel Hill, NC when she was 10. Thilini is a sophomore at UNC majoring in Biology with minors in Medical Anthropology and Chemistry. UNC afforded her the opportunity to take a gap year before college through... Read More →
avatar for Jamari Cortez

Jamari Cortez

Student, 2019, UNC School of Information and Library Science | College of Arts and Sciences
Jamari Cortez is a senior Information Science and Communications double major from Staten Island, New York. In the Summer of 2018, he studied Corporate Communications and Communication Management Strategies at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. He is the former president... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

UNC Global Civic Engagement Coordinator, UNC Campus Y
Sarah came to UNC in 2006 to study archaeology but soon realized her passion was in public service. In 2010, she earned her B.A. in anthropology with minors in social & economic justice and Asian studies before joining the staff of the Carolina Center for Public Service. As Student... Read More →
avatar for Derek Shepard

Derek Shepard

Study Abroad Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Domestic Programs, UNC Study Abroad
Derek is the Study Abroad Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Domestic Programs. Prior to joining UNC Study Abroad, Derek worked in experiential education, where he designed and instructed college accredited courses in China, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, and Jordan... Read More →



Saturday March 30, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
room 1005

10:15am EDT

The Ethics of Healthcare Abroad
Limited Capacity filling up

Come explore the social and ethical issues associated with students providing healthcare and conducting bio-medical research abroad. This one-hour discussion-based session will encourage attendees to think about and reflect on the challenges of working in a clinical or research setting.  This session is designed to help you consider fundamental aspects of healthcare abroad including informed consent, research endeavors and permissions, and disparate cultural, religious, and professional norms.

Moderators
avatar for Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

REACH Fellow, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
Eric Thomas is the 2018-2019 James Peacock REACH Fellow and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College where he also conducted undergraduate research in Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal. After graduating he served as Resident Director for Summer English Language Programs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Lanning

Rhonda Lanning

Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC School of Nursing
Rhonda is a faculty member at the School of Nursing where she teaches several classes related to her specialty in women's and reproductive health. She also serves as the program director for Birth Partners- UNC Medical Center's volunteer doula program. Trained as a doula and certified... Read More →
avatar for Christian Long

Christian Long

Alumni, UNC School of Medicine, Clinical Lab Science
Christian is a 2019 graduate from UNC who studied Clinical Laboratory Science in UNC's School of Medicine. He currently works as a board-certified medical laboratory scientist at UNC McLendon Core Laboratory. While at UNC Christian served as a research intern in the Kabanov Lab located... Read More →
avatar for Achsah Dorsey

Achsah Dorsey

Graduate Student, UNC Department of Anthropology
Achsah Dorsey is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UNC. She recently returned from extended dissertation fieldwork collecting biomarkers and conducting semi-structured interviews in Lima, Peru in order to examine the relationship between biological, environmental... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Tilly

Alyssa Tilly

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow, UNC Hospitals
Alyssa is currently a hospice and palliative medicine fellow and has spent a fair amount of time abroad throughout her medical training. She has a variety of global health experiences from working on a randomized controlled trial in Zambia in medical school to working clinically in... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
room 4003

10:15am EDT

The World We See: Global Photography
This session will cover ethical approaches to taking and sharing photos.  How do you know when it's ethical or appropriate to take a photo? Are their cultural considerations to keep in mind? When is it appropriate to share your photos and how do you know what methods of sharing are ethical?  Learn how your subjects, your surroundings and your purpose for sharing photos can affect the answers to these questions.

Weren't able to attend or interested in learning more? 

Moderators
avatar for Katie Costanza

Katie Costanza

Research, Communication & Program Manager, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
Katie manages data, communications, and supports program evaluation at the Center. She is a North Carolina native who earned two bachelors and a Masters in Public Administration from UNC. While at UNC, she spent a summer abroad in Buenos Aires, worked on several campus publications... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Phun H

Phun H

Student, 2020, UNC Department of Asian Studies | Public Policy
Phun H is a senior from Greensboro, North Carolina and a member of an ethnic minority group of Vietnam called the Montagnards. Prior to attending UNC, she spent a year abroad in Indonesia and Thailand volunteering with different English education projects. She also has travel experience... Read More →
avatar for Kaitlin Harlow

Kaitlin Harlow

Student, 2019, UNC School of Media and Journalism | Global Studies
Kaitlin Harlow is senior double-majoring in Photo and Video Journalism and Global Studies. She was selected as a UNC Global Gap Year Fellow in 2014 and spent a year volunteering in Central and South America before her freshman year. During her gap year she began carrying a camera... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Nelson Mandela Auditorium

11:30am EDT

Gender + Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Travel
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will address the implications of gender and sexual differences and inequalities in cross-cultural travel. Some of the questions discussed include: How can students practice culturally appropriate behavior related to gender and sexuality? What specific issues confront women, transfolk, and LGB identified students? How can students use cross-cultural experiences to explore different ways in which gender and sexual identities are expressed? How can students see beyond stereotypes about the gender and sexuality of others, particularly as they relate to religion, the body and its treatment/adornment, and notions of oppression and liberation?

Want to see the resources shared during this session? Check out the files listed below. 

Moderators
avatar for Brandy Arellano

Brandy Arellano

Program Manager, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
Brandy manages programs to open access to new global opportunities; the programs include Passport to Go! Fellowship, GO! Global Orientation, Global Take Off: Puerto Rico, and the Carolina Global Initiative Award. Brandy is originally from Miami, Florida and grew up in a large Cuban household. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC with majors in Psychology and Exercise & Sport Science. As a student, she began her traveling experiences in two study abroad programs: first to Samoa, F... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Clare Counihan

Clare Counihan

Program Coordinator, Carolina Womens Center
After graduating from Duke in 1999, Clare Counihan completed a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests focus on experimental southern African fiction that explores the relationship between the nation and excluded subjects. As program... Read More →
avatar for Angel Collie

Angel Collie

Assistant Director, Duke University Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity
Angel grew up in rural North Carolina and, before joining the team at Duke, spent his days working as the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-CH. His return to UNC (where he received his BA in Religious Studies with minors in both Women’s Studies and Sexuality Studies... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Jurgensen

Lauren Jurgensen

Student, 2021, UNC College of Arts and Sciences
As a native of Rocky Point NC, Lauren had never traveled internationally until she was awarded the Global Gap Year Fellowship. She spent four months working on sustainable, organic farms in Puerto Rico and six months working at an LGBT NGO in Kyrgyzstan translating grant reports and... Read More →



Saturday March 30, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
room 4003

11:30am EDT

Race + Ethnicity in a Global Context
Traveling in different contexts, American students are often highly visible. This session addresses how to navigate the racial and ethnic stereotypes that can accompany this visibility.  The session is intended to help students think about the ways in which race, ethnicity, and nationality are culturally situated.  These elements of identity not only mark our bodies, but they also shape the way we perceive the world and are perceived by others. Panelists will discuss the perspectives we bring with us as well as the perspectives of others, and how to foster dialogue when it's possible and compassion when it's not.

Interested in relevant resources? 

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Trinh Nguyen

Trinh Nguyen

Student and Scholar Advisor, UNC International Student and Scholar Services
Trinh Nguyen is an International Student Advisor at the International Student and Scholar Services office at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has served in this and similar roles for close to 6 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Furman University, double majoring in Political Science... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Howerton

Garrett Howerton

Student, 2020, UNC College of Arts and Sciences
Garrett is a freshman at UNC where he is planning to major in Business and Political Science. He recently returned from the First-Year Global Experience to Trinidad and Tobago. He has been immersed in travel within the United States, but this was his first time traveling outside the... Read More →
avatar for Diamond Mckoy

Diamond Mckoy

Student, 2020, UNC Kenan Flagler Business School | Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Diamond McKoy traveled to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa through Kenan Flagler's Global Immersion Elective. There she visited multi-nationals such as GE, CitiBank, Ogilvy, and Nandos, local companies, small business entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. She also engaged... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Gerz-Escandón

Jennifer Gerz-Escandón

Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education and Fellowship Programs, UNC Graduate School
Jennifer Gerz-Escandón is the Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education and Fellowship Programs in The Graduate School. In this role, she provides leadership for policy development and implementation and oversees funding for 16 fellowship programs administered by The Graduate... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Nelson Mandela Auditorium

11:30am EDT

The Politics of Traveling as an American
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will focus on our understanding of what it means to be a U.S. citizen and/or UNC student while studying or traveling in the current political climate. The session will examine some of the attitudes and situations you might encounter and will also consider your role in shaping those encounters. We will review some commentary from other students who reflect on their experiences, as well as consider the advice of those who have studied international perspectives on the U.S. and its citizens.

Moderators
avatar for Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

REACH Fellow, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
Eric Thomas is the 2018-2019 James Peacock REACH Fellow and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College where he also conducted undergraduate research in Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal. After graduating he served as Resident Director for Summer English Language Programs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bud Kauffman

Bud Kauffman

Teaching Assistant Professor in Arabic, UNC Department of Asian Studies
Bud began his studies of Arabic (long ago) at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, as a member of the United States Marine Corps.  After completing his enlistment, he taught Marines in the Survival Level Arabic Course aboard Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North... Read More →
avatar for Renée Michelle Ragin

Renée Michelle Ragin

Graduate Student, Duke University
Renee Michelle Ragin is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer specializing in public diplomacy. She served in the Bureau of African Affairs in Washington DC (2010-2012) and in Saudi Arabia (2012-2014). She is currently a PhD candidate at Duke University where she is completing her... Read More →
avatar for Kathryn Crockart

Kathryn Crockart

UNC Diplomat-in-Residence, US Department of State
Kathryn Crockart is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service currently serving as the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the mid-Atlantic region. Mrs. Crockart returned to the United States in August 2018 from her most recent overseas assignment, at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad... Read More →
avatar for Anna Williams

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 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
room 1005

12:30pm EDT

Networking Lunch
Saturday March 30, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Atrium

2:00pm EDT

Local Global Opportunities
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Interested in having a global experience in the local community? Learn about what you should consider when planning and preparing for a local experience with people from different cultures and languages. Whether you are tutoring a Burmese refugee, working with undocumented families, or conducting a research project on a tribal community, building trust, understanding power dynamics, and exploring the complexities of culture shock are important for your own experience and the community with whom you will be interacting. Learn about how these experiences can be truly culturally immersive and can challenge your assumptions about your neighbors.

Weren't able to attend or can't remember what local global opportunities were shared? Check out the following resources:

Moderators
avatar for Katie Costanza

Katie Costanza

Research, Communication & Program Manager, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
Katie manages data, communications, and supports program evaluation at the Center. She is a North Carolina native who earned two bachelors and a Masters in Public Administration from UNC. While at UNC, she spent a summer abroad in Buenos Aires, worked on several campus publications... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Nilsen

Ryan Nilsen

Senior Program Officer, UNC Center for Public Service
Ryan B. Nilsen works as a senior program officer for community engagement with the APPLES Service-Learning and Buckley Public Service Scholars programs in the Carolina Center for Public Service at the UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his master’s degree in theological studies with a... Read More →
avatar for Jakelin Bonilla

Jakelin Bonilla

Social Innovation Initiative Coordinator, UNC Campus Y
Sista Jakelin “Jaki” Bonilla graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2012 with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship. At UNC, she founded Linking Immigrants to New Communities, which helps ease the transition of recent immigrants through... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Sostaita

Barbara Sostaita

Graduate Student, UNC Department of Religious Studies
Barbara Sostaita is a doctoral candidate in the Religious Studies department at UNC. Before coming to UNC, she completed a Master of Arts in Religion at Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and International Relations at Salem College. Her dissertation is a multi-sited... Read More →
avatar for Sienna Zuco

Sienna Zuco

Student, 2021, Refugee Community Partnership
Sienna Zuco is a Chapel Hill native and a second-year student at Carolina. She is a Global Studies and Environmental Studies double major. Since high school, Sienna has worked with the local refugee community as a tutor and support person for refugee families. In college she began... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
room 1005

2:00pm EDT

Teaching Abroad: Expectations versus Reality
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will discuss the realities of teaching abroad, and give you space to consider important questions regarding the particulars of teaching and language pedagogy, your role in the classroom as a foreign teacher, as well as your expectations for your time abroad.

Moderators
avatar for Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

REACH Fellow, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
Eric Thomas is the 2018-2019 James Peacock REACH Fellow and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College where he also conducted undergraduate research in Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal. After graduating he served as Resident Director for Summer English Language Programs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Liz Bucrek

Liz Bucrek

Program Manager and Instructor, Carolina Navigators
Liz Bucrek is the Program Manager and Instructor for Carolina Navigators, a service-learning program that works with UNC students who have intercultural expertise, to create free global education resources for K-14 educators and students across the state. Liz studied abroad in France... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
room 1009

2:00pm EDT

The Forum: Question + Answer Session
Do you need a vaccine for a layover? Is 30 minutes enough time to change planes? How do you deal with "culture shock"?  How early do I have to get a Passport? What expenses should I include in my budget?  This session will introduce you to potential travel barriers you may face as a new (or new-ish) global traveler. We'll help you find the best place to go to get answers to your specific issue or concern. Representatives from the international travel clinic and the global center will be joined by students who have had global experience to share their work and their personal travel stories in this informal, conversation- and question-driven session. Come ask questions about money, health, safety, logistics, and more. No question is too small.

Have more questions or want to know where you can access more global resources?
  • Check out CGI's digital Global Guide which includes campus contacts, articles and support services for planning a global experience.  

Speakers
avatar for Jing Liu

Jing Liu

Asia Programs Director, UNC Study Abroad
Jing Liu joined UNC’s Study Abroad Office in 2016 and manages its portfolio of programs in Asia and Oceania. Having grown up in a bicultural home, studied abroad, and traveled extensively, Jing recognizes the importance of travel and is an advocate for global opportunities. Previous... Read More →
avatar for Brandy Arellano

Brandy Arellano

Program Manager, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
Brandy manages programs to open access to new global opportunities; the programs include Passport to Go! Fellowship, GO! Global Orientation, Global Take Off: Puerto Rico, and the Carolina Global Initiative Award. Brandy is originally from Miami, Florida and grew up in a large Cuban household. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC with majors in Psychology and Exercise & Sport Science. As a student, she began her traveling experiences in two study abroad programs: first to Samoa, F... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Derek Shepard

Derek Shepard

Study Abroad Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Domestic Programs, UNC Study Abroad
Derek is the Study Abroad Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Domestic Programs. Prior to joining UNC Study Abroad, Derek worked in experiential education, where he designed and instructed college accredited courses in China, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, and Jordan... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Nelson Mandela Auditorium

3:00pm EDT

Closing Remarks
Saturday March 30, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Atrium