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Congratulations to Joseph Connelly, Experiential Education Specialist with CGEE, for his published article in the most recent volume of “Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal (JHE)” (Volume 10, Number 2 (2021). This volume is focused on Solidarity and Global Citizenship.
His article titled, “A Long, Loving Look at the Real: An Experiential Ignatian Approach to Immersion” can be found online for free. You can find excerpts at the CGEE blog, as well as the link to download the full article.
International travel is a popular and widespread practice among higher education institutions, but the pedagogy and approach to these programs varies widely. The Center for Global Education and Experience at Augsburg University facilitates international immersion programs for U.S. students, faculty, and staff focused on social justice and solidarity; this approach is particularly attractive to Jesuit institutions and has led to fruitful collaborations. This article offers an experienced immersion facilitator’s personal reflections on designing and implementing immersion programs and applies key themes of Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy to the experience of international immersion travel.