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Ethical Photography & Community-Engaged Global Learning

Ethical Photography & Community-Engaged Global Learning

Tool Objectives:

  1. To develop participants’ understanding of globally accepted standards in ethical photography.
  2. To expand capacities to represent host community members with dignity and integrity.
  3. To cultivate awareness of and abstention from the use of photographs that potentially stereotype, sensationalize or discriminate against people, situations or places.
  4. To ensure that all images, messages, and case studies are presented with full understanding, participation, and permission of the subjects (or the subjects’ parents/guardians).

Tool Description:

As community-engaged global education, volunteerism, and service-learning increase so does the sharing of these experiences, often through photographs. This tool demonstrates key components and important ethical considerations for photography involving host community members. Students will be exposed to core commitments of ethical photography. Students will learn to consider their photographic portrayals as a process of cooperation and mutual learning with community members. This tool is applicable for any global education program in which students will be asked to represent their experiences ethically, intentionally, and in accordance with globally accepted standards of best practice.

Tool Procedures:

  1. Students should be required to read the following texts prior to departure:
  2. To prepare for class discussion, have students find examples of violations of the codes of conduct within recent media portrayals of the host country or community. These examples could be from mainstream media, development organizations, or even university or study abroad portrayals. Use the Dóchas reading excerpt, “Summary of Key Issues” (p. 34), to guide the conversation. Explicitly consider how these violations create misperceptions and misdirected actions, along with how that leads to tangible harms, and how they could have been avoided.
  3. During immersion, each week have students write or otherwise share a short reflection on one of their photographs that they believe illustrates ethical photography. Each reflection should mention 2 or 3 standards that the photograph upholds.
  4. After immersion, ask students to present the picture they believe simultaneously upholds the highest level of ethical photography and is the most accurate depiction of their immersion experience.

    Optional Readings.

Tool Evaluation:

Details of each assignment should be written into the course syllabus and account for a predetermined course grade percentage. Grading should be based on completion of the assignment as specified.

Tool Time Requirement:

At least one class session during pre-departure and regular (e.g., weekly), brief reflections during immersion.

Tool Author(s):

E. Hartman & O. Harding, 2015

Tool Handouts [.doc or .docx]:
App. 23 – Ethical Photography

Mark Beirn

AFFILIATE

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​

AFFILIATE

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.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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Rosa Almoguera

AFFILIATE

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.
 

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training