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Civic Action Scrapbook

Civic Action Scrapbook

Tool Objectives:

  1. To recognize on-going civic action initiatives in the local community and to identify the various methods or strategies being used by each.
  2. To engage in a process of recognizing and collecting evidence of civic action initiatives in the host country in order to compile a civic action scrapbook.
  3. To develop a six-month civic action plan that addresses a particular issue in your home community.

Tool Description:

Though it is no simple matter to integrate civic engagement into an educational process that students usually associate with their individual improvement, this three-part assignment attempts to engage students in recognizing their civic responsibilities and to motivate them toward purposeful behaviors that advance a global civic ethic.

Tool Procedures:

1.   Introduction. Introduce students to activism and civic engagement. Identify examples of student civic involvement on campus and in the local community. Ask students to think of people who have made a positive contribution to the community, the cause or issue they were working for and some of the methods or strategies they used.

2.   Example Civic Issue Discussion. Write each of the sentences started below on a piece of flip chart paper. Organize students into small groups and distribute markers to each group. Then, give each group one of the sentences and about five minutes to list their ideas. Rotate the sentences until each group has had a time with each.  Discuss and summarize the findings.

a.    My main environmental worry is….

b.   Some ways I take action for the environment are…

c.    Some current environmental issues in the local community are…

d.   Some major environmental issues in [host country] are…

e.    My opinion on the management of [host country’s] natural resources is…

3.   Civic Action Case Study. Have students prepare a case study of a civic action initiative happening on campus or in the local community. They are to present the case study in the form of an oral report to the class, in which they identify the name of the initiative, the cause or issue, the methods being used, and the outcomes achieved to date.

4.   Civic Action Scrapbook. While abroad, students should collect evidence of civic action initiatives in the host country and then collate them in a civic action scrapbook. For each entry, they should add a caption explaining the particular cause or issue and the methods being used.

5.   Civic Action Plan. Each student should identify an issue facing his/her hometown and develop a civic action plan outlining 3-5 steps he/she will take over the next six months to address the issue. Students should comment on potential barriers to implementing the action plan.

6.   Optional. Invite a guest speaker from the local council, a government department, community group or grassroots organization to speak to the students on a specific civic issue.

Tool Evaluation:

The assignment could be worth up to 30% of the course grade: 10% for each part. The case study should be assessed on the students’ insight into the initiative and analysis of the methods being used. The scrapbook should be assessed on the use of real-life evidence to illustrate various civic action initiatives in the host country. The civic action plan should be assessed on the student’s identification of a pressing issue in his/her hometown and the steps outlined to address the issue.

Tool Time Requirement:

Two class sessions (pre-departure)

Tool Author(s):

A. Ogden, 2009

Tool Handouts [.doc or .docx]:
Civic Action Scrapbook Handout

Episode 29: Cultural Lens on U.S. Higher Education: Analyzing International Perceptions of 'Anti-Woke’ Discourse

Dive into a nuanced exploration of the global discourse surrounding higher education in the United States. Join us for a panel discussion with esteemed international educators as we embark on a journey through the lenses of culture and international perspective, examining how global audiences interpret and engage with the ‘anti-woke’ discourse within the context of U.S. higher education. This engaging panel discussion will delve into the intersections of culture, ideology, and education, and the complex landscape of how international audiences perceive the ‘anti-woke’ narrative that has emerged within U.S. academia.

Whether you’re a senior international officer, or simply curious about the diverse viewpoints shaping U.S. higher education, this podcast episode will provide an invaluable space for critical analysis and insightful conversations.

Speaker Biography:

Fanta Aw is a distinguished leader in international education, renowned for her extensive contributions to global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and educational equity. With a deep commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and promoting educational excellence, she has significantly impacted the international education community.

Fanta Aw’s career has been characterized by her dedication to advancing global education initiatives, promoting diversity and inclusion, and nurturing partnerships that transcend borders. She has held influential roles in various organizations, advocating for the importance of international collaboration and learning experiences that empower individuals to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

As a thought leader and visionary, Fanta Aw’s insights and expertise have shaped discussions on the future of international education, emphasizing the significance of equitable access, cultural exchange, and lifelong learning. Her work has not only elevated institutions but has also inspired countless individuals to embrace the transformative power of global education.

Date: September 14th, 2023
Time: 12 noon ET

Sponsored by:

Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.