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I anticipate returning to Nicaragua and developing student trips, but one of my immediate action steps is to describe action as a key component of experience and reflection. For example, in my health communication courses at Boston College we explore aging, disability, health disparities, inability to pay for healthcare and lack of access to healthcare for many individuals. The Nicaragua experience provided vivid examples of action steps in ways that make a difference to others and in ways that change us. The experience allows me to engage differently with students who participate in immersion experiences and with students who seek these experiences.

- Ashley Duggan, Associate Professor,
Communication Department


On a personal level this was much more of an educational experience than I had ever imagined. I think there is no doubt that any of us who work with students come back to campus from Nicaragua with a much deeper understanding of international and even domestic service/immersion experiences and their role in an integrated education. For me personally I am committed more than ever to developing academic experiences that weave experiential learning into the fabric of the course and correspondingly help students enter these experiences with a fuller academic/analytical understanding of the many forces at work. And I think all of us represent a growing cadre of folks bound together by this shared Nicaragua experience who understand the richness of the international Jesuit education system and the opportunities it represents. The expansion of consciousness of BC faculty and staff has to have many unforeseen effects on our lives and our decisions that enhance the quality of a BC education as well.

- J. Joseph Burns,
Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Faculties



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