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Pachaysana: Decolonial Education

The Pachaysana Family

For many of us, summertime means spending extra time with family, so Pachaysana will take this opportunity to recognize our ever-growing family and share news about loved ones.

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Communities are part of our family

A huge congratulations to the community of Mariscal Sucre, our longest-running community family member. On May 31, the community took their tourism project to the next level by leading a day-long demonstration of what they offer to tourists. Sponsored by the provincial government, dozens of participants from the press, travel agencies, government offices and civil society visited the community.

The community of Tzawata hosted its first Rehearsing Change course and created incredible work. With our international students, everyone studied the power of storytelling, collected community stories, structured them for presentation and then performed them at a community festival. The mayor of the municipal district attended and was so impressed that he asked Tzawata to propose projects for future government funding. (Community children are pictured above with Rehearsing Change student, Ruby Goldberg. Awesome photo by Vicente Alvarado.)

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Our faculty is family

As always, our faculty continue to inspire us with their teaching, especially over the last 5 months. A special thanks to Will Waters, Wilson Pico, Javier Cevallos and Daniel Bryan for their continued dedication. And, our heartfelt gratitude to guest faculty member, Adrienne Falcon of Carleton College.

Finally, just as families always remember their members who live far away, we take a moment to recognize two of our faculty members currently on leave. Belen Noroña continues advancing in her studies as a PhD student at the University of Oregon, and applying much of her research to our ongoing community education and development work. She recently presented research she has carried out with Tzawata (pictured to right leading a workshop in the community) at the annual conference of the American Association of Geographers in San Francisco.

Marleen Haboud (pictured left when teaching last year) is on sabbatical developing postdoctoral research in multilingual and multicultural communities in Spain and North America. She recently returned to Ecuador to lead an international symposium on sociolinguistics, focusing on the challenges that globalization and diversity present to our identities, as well as to the preservation of indigenous languages.  
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Alums continue to be part of the Pachaysana family

We congratulate all our Rehearsing Change alums who recently graduated from college. It would take an entire newsletter to list their tremendous accomplishments on and off campus. Go to our News page to read a little more about these incredible people.

In brief summary, Ellie Rice graduated Suma Cum Laude whose thesis, titled "Returning to Story: Narratives of Community Development," echoes the work we all did together in Ecuador. Bronte Velez is a winner of numerous prestigious grants and awards, including the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship and the Davis Peace Fellowship, the latter of which will be carried out in Ecuador with Pachaysana as the partnering organization. And, Anthony Torres has traveled the world as a youth activist, most notably to France, Russia and Germany. He is now starting a position with the Sierra Club as a campaigner. (They are all pictured with our past intern, Emma Wright. See below.)
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Past Inters are also part of the family

We wish we could recognize all the work being done by our many past interns and volunteers; however, today, we will simply congratulate our “firsts.” Pachaysana’s first intern, Akiko Toya (pictured during her internship), recently graduated from Cornell University with a Masters in Public Affairs. We are confident she will continue to impact the world in such positive ways.  And, a special thanks to Emma Wright, our first Rehearsing Change intern. Her graduate thesis and blog post on Decolonial Education were used as formal reading materials during our past semester of Rehearsing Change.
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Partnering organizations form an important part of our family

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome into our family the Quito Eterno Foundation, an Ecuadorian non-profit working on the promotion and education of cultural heritage and cultural identity. Quito Eterno is now leading much of our coordination and logistics, and members of their team regularly participate in our educational programming. They are pictured leading part of international student orientation.

We also take this moment to thank our Rehearsing Change partners who are part of our family, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the Institute for Study Abroad – Butler, University.
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Finally... other news

Don’t forget to keep up with our revolutionary study abroad program, Rehearsing Change, following us on Facebook. In our next newsletter we will summarize our most recent semester. And check out our Blog, where you will find that our most recent entries include a piece on Cultural Identity by our Executive Director, Daniel Bryan, and a poem from a short-term program participant, Clay Reichart.
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