IUPUI Annual International Festival | When “Hoping to Help” Hurts

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Date(s) - 02/14/2018
10:30 am - 11:45 am

IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450


Dr. Judith Lasker, NEH Distinguished Professor from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Lehigh University, will present her talk on When “Hoping to Help” Hurts: What students, faculty, and staff need to know to avoid the pitfalls of global health volunteerism.

As universities around the world tout the growing number of students seeking international experiences, we also face an international crisis where pre-professional and professional students seek out or are actively recruited to participate in global health volunteer experiences that all too often endanger the well-being of the host community members rather than improve health. While volunteers hope to help, there is little evidence to prove that they are helping. What forces are driving this crisis? Further, what can students, faculty, and staff do to ameliorate harm to the communities they hope to serve? Join Dr. Lasker as she discusses her research that outlines the roots of the problem and offers strategies that we can take to “do no harm.”

Please register for this event here.

Sponsors include the Ethics of Global Volunteerism Working Group, the Office of International Affairs, the Center for Service & Learning, the Office of Medical Service Learning IU School of Medicine, the IU School of Nursing, and the Companion Community Development Alternatives.