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Navigating Cultures — Preparing Students for Traveling Abroad

The standard class at the University of Oregon – or any university for that matter – doesn’t include eating bugs for an assignment. Rather than a regimen of lectures, homework, and discussion sections, students in this Fall 2019’s International Skills (INTL 199) course were asked to eat crickets, one of several unusual assignments that prepare students for the challenges of traveling and living abroad.

“Studying and working abroad is exciting, but it can also be really hard,” admitted Dr. Lesley Jo Weaver, International Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies and


Gordon Okumu — Transforming Trees into Water in Kenya

Gordon Okumu, an International Studies major at the University of Oregon, has visited his hometown of Migori, Kenya, every December since moving to the United States in 2016. On each trip, Okumu has noticed a decrease in Migori’s tree count.

“I realized that the place that I grew up when my grandma took me in was much more a forest and today is much more of an open land,” he said.

A need for firewood motivated the town to curtail its forestry, which created a two-headed problem. Migori residents rely on rainfall as a source of clean water, so


INTL Lunch Talk Feb 28 – “Improved Sanitation in Ethiopia”

INTL LUNCH TALK: “Improved Sanitation in Ethiopia: What Factors Drive Household Toilet Purchases?” WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm WHERE: PLC 348

In this talk, Masters Candidate Dayna Hansberger will discuss her research and fieldwork in southern Ethiopia. Worldwide, 2.4 billion people lack access to safe sanitation, which contributes to increased disease prevalence and household health vulnerability. This challenge is particularly important in Ethiopia, which has one of the lowest rates of safe household sanitation in the world. In the last five years, the