Two classes at the University of Dubuque (COM320: Intercultural Communication & COM357: Event Planning) are hosting a fundraiser for Empower Nepali Girls, an organization that seeks to empower young girls and women in Nepal. This event will be held in the Heritage Center at the University of Dubuque (Knapp Stage) on April, 24th 2018 from 7-9pm. The 40 students in these two classes encourage you to come and support this cause.
Raising money to empower young women and girls is a process that will not only help impact student moral character through an intercultural fundraising event, but also give them an opportunity to reinforce, reshape, and challenge their own personal, moral and spiritual beliefs. This will also help strengthen the importance of making a personal commitment to lead a life of purpose by serving/helping others. Many thanks to Prof. Sara Safari (http://www.sarasafari.com/) for inspiring our students.
Below is an excerpt from Empower Nepali Girls Mission statement:
"Our mission is to empower and support neglected, marginalized, and at-risk girls and young women in Nepal, especially those who are at greatest risk to be forced into early marriage, sold into sex slavery, or abandoned as orphans. We provide scholarships, mentoring, career guidance, and subsistence for children who would not have the opportunity to attend school and pursue future careers in medicine, engineering, business, teaching, and other professions.Originally established as the Madhav Ghimire Foundation in 2001, and later transformed into Empower Nepali Girls in 2010, our organization was created to raise funds from individuals and organizations to assist and mentor girls with the greatest potential to transform their communities and country. Girls are selected based on financial need, as well as academic potential and performance. Home and school visits are conducted several times each year by our staff in Nepal who carefully monitor progress and welfare of the children. An international team of volunteers goes annually to see the impact of our programs and meet some of the scholarship students. We now support over 280 scholarship recipients who receive all the necessities they require, including uniforms, supplies, books, shoes and fees paid." (Empower Nepali Girls: About US/ Read more:
Are you interested in performing at this event. Sign up with this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZRMJRKK
Photos: Screenshots/Empower Nepali Girls, the mission (video) http://www.empowernepaligirls.org/
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Learning the names of your students is essential. It is a quick way to establish rapport and to let them know that you care enough to know names. It is a different matter if you have a very large class size (But not impossible).
Use the power of the Internet to find relevant and credible case studies they can connect with to explain complex theories etc. Or to just help them understand class material.
Give them enough time to think about discussion questions. Emailing questions in advance or giving them a few minutes to think helps.
Mix them up into small teams for class discussions. Some students are more comfortable in small teams made up of 2-5 individuals.
Learning occurs when students know you value their opinions and they can freely express themselves.