The Advocacy Institute is an interdisciplinary post-session set in Xi'an, China that enrolls not only Willamette students, but also up to forty students from China and other participating universities across the United States. The institute's goal is to equip students with a deeper understanding of sustainability and provide the tools necessary for advocacy. This diverse course includes lecture, discussion, debate, media, and field trips to relevant sites.
The program for 2014 is sponsored by Willamette University and hosted by Xi'an Jiaotong University in Xi'an, China. At Willamette University, sustainability is broadly defined to incorporate the 4 E's: education, environment, equity, and economics. Sustainability incorporates a commitment to fostering resilient, prosperous, and healthy communities that strikes a balance between resource use, the needs of the environment, and the social, cultural, and economic well-being of their citizens. Through lectures, discussions, and excursions with accompanying faculty, students on the 2014 program will explore these topics in the context of Xi'an and China.
“No matter where you are from, once you join the Advocacy Institute you will make many new friends from other parts of the world and have a fantastic experience you will cherish for the rest of your life.”
--Yang Zhen, 2010 Advocacy Institute participant