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William Pitt Union

3959 Fifth Avenue

Kurtzman Room

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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This conference will be for all students who plan to go abroad to volunteer through student organizations or study abroad programs. Before entering into a community as an outsider, there are some crucial issues to address through lots of self reflection. How much do we actually know about the countries before entering them and offering our help? How big is our impact? What is our role? Why can taking photos of local people and posting them on social media be frowned upon? How can we do better?


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WPU Kurtzman Room and Assembly Room


9-9:30 AM: Breakfast

9:30-10:30 AM: Panel Session

This will be a panel discussing the parts that students should and should not play in international communities. What can students offer? Where can they overstep?
Panelists: Patricia Documet, Sarah Wagner, Bridget Mullins and Daniel Alexander
Moderated by Holly Hickling

10:30-10:45 AM: Break

10:45-11:15 AM: Reflective Letter Writing Session
Write letters to yourself about your feelings and goals regarding your trip. Letters will be collected and returned to you to help you reflect on your service.

(11:15-12) Main Speaker

Speaker TBD

12-1 PM: Cultural Sensitivity Breakouts
Breakouts to discuss how we should talk about our trips when we come home, how we should present ourselves on social media, how to behave respectfully, how to avoid being "voluntourists"


1-1:30 PM: Resource Fair and Lunch
Meet some of the other organizations on campus that do work or have impacts locally and abroad.

--------------------------Global Brigades attendees only--------------------

1:30-2:30 PM GB focused Breakout Sessions

Breakouts to discuss topics relevant to GB such as working with other international service orgs on campus and brigade preparation

Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Honors College

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