Books for Africa
Side by Side
Since 2007, Gonzaga faculty and administrators have been working in Zambia on the premise that immersion is the first step toward engagement and intercultural competence. These collaborations have paved the way for long-term community engagement, institutional change and student learning that focuses on what it means to be men and women for others in our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Just as our students will be transformed by studying abroad, we expect that our faculty, the ways we think about education, and our institutions themselves, will change through these engagements.
In December of 2014, 25 Zambian educators, including instructors from the Charles Lwanga College, graduated with master’s degrees in educational leadership from Gonzaga’s School of Education. This was achieved through a blend of online and face-to-face courses in Zambia and Spokane. The Chikuni Mission, on which the Charles Lwanga College resides, was established by Jesuits more than 100 years ago. Today, it is the site where global connections for Gonzaga students and faculty are being forged.
“If we engage the creativity of our faculty with the innovation and local knowledge of our partners at Chikuni Mission,” said Joseph Kinsella, assistant academic vice president for global engagement, “we have enormous potential to build mutually-transforming programs, side by side.”