Willamette and IDEA co-host advocacy institute in China
Three Willamette students and four professors attended the two-and-a-half-week event alongside participants from countries worldwide, including Indonesia, Nepal, Malaysia, China, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, Mongolia, South Africa and the U.S.
The students expanded their global perspective while learning skills to advocate for cultural and environmental sustainability.
They took courses in sustainability, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, argumentation and debate, and new media. They also completed new media projects exhibiting what they learned at the institute.
"The institute afforded me the opportunity to meet new friends from around the world," says Zack Garrett '13, a philosophy major. "Spending a lot of time with people from other countries presented me with many cultural differences, some of which were tough to deal with, but it also forced me to examine Americans' cultural eccentricities."
Assisted by instructors from the People's Republic of China and the U.S., the Willamette professors contributed their expertise to the institute's curriculum.
With independent entities at Willamette and in Amsterdam, IDEA promotes debate, discussion and the free exchange of ideas among youths in more than 40 emerging democracies worldwide.