Faculty represent University at international service learning conference

Susan Namei, Patrick Welage give presentation on reflection and leadership | January 8, 2004

Susan Namei, director of Xavier's academic service learning semesters program, and associate director Patrick Welage are representing the University at the 22nd annual Conference of International Partnership for Service Learning in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from Jan. 3-10.

Namei and Welage are giving a presentation focusing on the idea of reflection and leadership as part of the service learning experience. This is the first time the two have presented at this conference.

Xavier's academic service learning program offers students the opportunity to study and learn in one of three locations: Nepal, Nicaragua and Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

In the Nicaragua and Nepal programs, students spend a semester living with host families and participating in a variety of service projects in addition to their studies. In the Over-the-Rhine program, students live in the downtown area. The Nicaragua program is the longest running of the three and is celebrating its 10th year this spring.

"This experience can really rock a student's world, from having them change their major to building self confidence," Namei says. She and Welage are conducting a survey of service learning alumni to try to gauge that impact.

For more information about the service learning program, contact Namei at 513 745-3042.