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Programs

Academic Initiatives

Overview of our Academic Initiatives

As an organization that is rooted in a higher-learning institution, CEED strives to offer students accredited experiential learning opportunities both at home and abroad. Local opportunities include the class; Orientation to International Community Engagement, offered through LOYC 398/MANA 499/DART 398. Internationally, interns can now obtain credit for their project work in Uganda through LOYC 420’s Integrative Project class. In addition, CEED offers research and independent project opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty. Many students in the past have approached our organization with their own project ideas, and we have worked in collaboration with them to further develop and facilitate these projects in Gulu. To learn more about these different classes and opportunities, please read below.  

CEED's Pre-Departure Course

Orientation to International Community Engagement (LOYC 398/MANA 499/DART 398) is an inter-disciplinary, inter-faculty course offered collaboratively through Arts & Sciences, the John Molson School of Business, and Fine Arts. The course encourages critical discussion on topics related to cross-cultural engagement, international development, volunteerism, and collective action. More specifically, different themes related to community engagement and development, such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, politics, and the role of NGOs, are explored through guest lecturers, skill-based workshops, group work, and mini field trips. The course is offered every winter semester, where each year it is led by one of the three different host faculties; in 2017 it will be hosted by the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability with Peter Graham as the professor.

CEED's Internship Course

Starting in 2016, CEED interns are now able to obtain credit for their project work in Uganda through LOYC 420’s Integrative Project course. The course counts for 3 credits and brings together students who have completed internships in various inter-disciplinary settings. As part of the internship, students first travel to Uganda with CEED during the summer semester, to work on their designated projects. Once they return to Montreal, they then attend the LOYC 420 course in the following winter semester. The course allows for students to share and discuss their experiences with each other, while exploring broader concepts of discipline formation, cross-disciplinary research, and emerging inter-disciplinary fields.

Independant Projects

Throughout CEED’s history, many undergraduate and graduate students have approached our organization with project ideas of their own. CEED works to accommodate all project proposals that are in line with our program’s values and our available resources. For instance, in 2015, two interns with backgrounds in urban planning and water engineering proposed developing a rainwater catchment system for CEED’s facilities in Gulu. Environmental sustainability has always been at the forefront of CEED’s activities and we are continually looking for innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint. As such, we supported these interns as they traveled to Gulu, researched different rainwater catchment systems, interviewed local stakeholders, and conducted an assessment of our facilities. They produced a detailed report outlining recommendations and now, with a generous grant from the David Suzuki Foundation, CEED will be constructing their rainwater catchment system in autumn 2016. Other past independent projects include sewing and computer workshops, a photography exhibition, and research on energy inconsistency and its effects on small businesses in Gulu.

Any questions and/or project ideas can be submitted to: info@ceedconcordia.org

Educational Curriculum in Gulu

Our organization strives to provide its interns with a well-rounded, in-depth, cross-cultural experience during their time with CEED. As such, in addition to their project work in Gulu, interns are given a mini-assignment that begins in Montreal and is completed in Gulu. The goal of the assignment is to explore community development along 3 different themes; health, education, and sustainability, from a Canadian and Ugandan perspective. In Montreal, interns choose a local organization that falls under one of these three themes to visit and interview. While in Gulu, interns are taken on field trips and excursions to visit different community groups and projects that also fit in line with these three themes of health, education, and sustainability. These excursions provide interns with an opportunity to meet and interact with local community members, as well as learn more about the broader challenges affecting Uganda, what is being done to address them, and how they compare to challenges and initiatives in Canada. These excursions are complemented with mini-lectures and group discussions.

Past Projects

Professors

Peter Graham

Peter Graham

School of Community and Public Affairs; Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability

Peter joins the CEED team in winter 2017 to teach the Orientation to International Community Engagement Course, as well as the LOYC 420 Internship Course, in addition to the other courses he teaches at Concordia. He holds a BA in Economics from McGill (1988), a BENV in Geography from Waterloo (2004), a Graduate Diploma in CED from the School of Community and Public Affairs (2005), an MA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Concordia  (2009), an MA in Educational Studies (2014) from Concordia and is currently working on a PhD exploring socio-materiality in relation to sustainability at Queen's in Kingston. Peter has also had a successful business career for several years. He considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to spend time on both sides of the classroom.

 

Peter Odoch

Peter Odoch

Chair, Department of Economics, Gulu University

Peter Odoch, an active community member and proud father, has contributed immensely to the program in Gulu. His position at the Faculty of Economics at Gulu University and his research background has provided CEED interns and staff with advice and mentorship on a number of academically-oriented projects, and his involvement with local community-based organizations Freedom in Creation and Sports Outreach Ministry has helped strengthen CEED's community ties. He is currently a Board Member on CEED Uganda's Board of Directors and continues to be an important team member.

pk langshaw

pk langshaw

Department Chair, Design and Computation Arts

pk langshaw, Chair of the Design and Computational Arts Department at Concordia, has been one of CEED’s most influential supporters whose contributions to the program are unparalleled. In 2010, pk helped guide the design of CEED's compound facilities by assembling a team of graduate students from the departments of engineering and design, who then developed a sustainable architectural plan. Completed in 2011, the project combines western solar energy technology with traditional Ugandan building techniques and local materials. Whilst in Gulu assessing the building, pk began working with St. Jude’s Children's Home, teaching sewing skills to the caregivers, as well as mentoring a Concordia volunteer to create a website, newsletter, and logo for the organization. pk has further been invaluable in the development of CEED’s accredited pre-departure course, painstakingly extending independent study credits to twenty-one students the first year, eventually teaching the course herself several years later. In 2014, pk returned to Gulu to participate in CEED’s major re-visioning efforts, which has ultimately led to the new name and program structure of the organization.

Hellen Mshilla

Hellen Mshilla

Lecturer, Gulu University

Hellen Mshilla first became involved with CEED in 2012 while completing her M.A. in Conflict Transformation Studies. She was one of three students selected to travel to Concordia University for a semester abroad, working with Concordia's Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) department. CEED was instrumental in attaining the funding for this opportunity through the AUCC's "Our Voices" grant. While in Montreal, Ms. Mshilla assisted CEED students in their preparation for travel to Uganda and has since become a friend and regular contributor to the organization.

Raymond Paquin

Raymond Paquin

Associate Professor, Management

Raymond Paquin has been involved with CEED since 2011. For several years, Mr. Paquin was a volunteer lecturer for the CEED pre-departure course, discussing topics relating to sustainability and entreneurship in developing nations. In 2014, Mr. Paquin helped re-design the class in order to open it up to the wider Concordia community and, in 2016, he agreed to teach the course.

Mr. Paquin's dedication to community and sustainability are well known at Concordia and we at CEED are privileged to have the opportunity to work with him.

Alex Enkerli

Alex Enkerli

School of Extended Learning, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Alex Enkerli, ethnographer and self-described "technopedagogue", has worked closely with CEED since 2011 and has been instrumental in the development of the CEED pre-departure course. Alex taught the course for two years, in 2013 and 2014, after having been a guest lecturer in previous years. His passion for cross-cultural work, reflexivity, and all things related to sub-Saharan Africa has been an asset to CEED and we are incredibly grateful for his ongoing support.

Rosemarie Schade

Rosemarie Schade

Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability

Rosemarie Schade has collaborated with CEED for a number of years and has been an amazing supporter of our work in developing student leaders at Concordia and engaging with our communities in Uganda. Since 2010, CEED has been preparing students to work abroad through the development of a three-credit pre-travel course, the design of which Rosemarie graciously assisted with. CEED has since struggled to find a department in which to house the course. However, with Rosemarie’s help, we were able to forge the relationships necessary to the course with a multi-faculty partnership model, a first in Concordia’s history. This includes credits donated to CEED from her own department, the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability (LCDS), despite her own limited resources.

In 2015, CEED and LCDS enhanced its relationship made possible through Ms. Schade’s openness and collaborative nature. This relationship now allows all undergraduate students traveling to Uganda the opportunity to gain an additional three credits by registering for the LCDS Internship course, an unprecedented collaboration at Concordia that will benefit countless students for years to come.

Peter Stoett

Peter Stoett

Director, Loyola Sustainability Research Centre

Dr. Peter J. Stoett has an impressive academic career, having studied and taught at many top universities across the world, and having conducted research in Europe, Africa, Central America and Asia. He has written, co-written, and co-edited over ten books and over 50 peer reviewed articles, chapters in edited books, and occasional papers. His main areas of expertise include international relations and law, global environmental politics, and human rights. 

Dr. Stoett’s latest SSHRC grant is for research on “Bioinvasion and Global Environmental Governance: the Transnational Policy Network on Invasive Alien Species.” He is currently editing a new text on Canada-United States environmental relations and continues to work in the areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change, international criminal law, and genocide studies.

He chaired the Department of Political Science from 2005-2011, and has sat on the Concordia Board of Governors, the Board’s Executive Committee, Senate, Senate Steering Committee, and other university governance bodies.

As Director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, Dr Stoett is a close partner and supporter of CEED.

Rebecca Tittler

Rebecca Tittler

Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability

Dr Tittler is the coordinator for the Loyola College of Diversity and Sustainabiltiy and as such, plays an important role in bridging together CEED, as an experiential learning organization, and the Loyola College as an academic institution. 

She holds a B.A in Biology from Swarthmore College (1995), an M. SC in Biology from the University of Alberta (1998) and a Ph.D in Biology from Carleton University (2008). Her research focuses the interactions between biodiversity, the structure of forested landscapes, and people, both in a larger forest context and in an urban and periurban context. She is also interested in the sustainable management of the boreal and mixedwood forest, and in ecosystem services provided by trees. 

Peter Graham

Peter Graham

School of Community and Public Affairs; Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability

Peter joins the CEED team in winter 2017 to teach the Orientation to International Community Engagement Course, as well as the LOYC 420 Internship Course, in addition to the other courses he teaches at Concordia. He holds a BA in Economics from McGill (1988), a BENV in Geography from Waterloo (2004), a Graduate Diploma in CED from the School of Community and Public Affairs (2005), an MA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Concordia  (2009), an MA in Educational Studies (2014) from Concordia and is currently working on a PhD exploring socio-materiality in relation to sustainability at Queen's in Kingston. Peter has also had a successful business career for several years. He considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to spend time on both sides of the classroom.

 

pk langshaw

pk langshaw

Department Chair, Design and Computation Arts

pk langshaw, Chair of the Design and Computational Arts Department at Concordia, has been one of CEED’s most influential supporters whose contributions to the program are unparalleled. In 2010, pk helped guide the design of CEED's compound facilities by assembling a team of graduate students from the departments of engineering and design, who then developed a sustainable architectural plan. Completed in 2011, the project combines western solar energy technology with traditional Ugandan building techniques and local materials. Whilst in Gulu assessing the building, pk began working with St. Jude’s Children's Home, teaching sewing skills to the caregivers, as well as mentoring a Concordia volunteer to create a website, newsletter, and logo for the organization. pk has further been invaluable in the development of CEED’s accredited pre-departure course, painstakingly extending independent study credits to twenty-one students the first year, eventually teaching the course herself several years later. In 2014, pk returned to Gulu to participate in CEED’s major re-visioning efforts, which has ultimately led to the new name and program structure of the organization.

Raymond Paquin

Raymond Paquin

Associate Professor, Management

Raymond Paquin has been involved with CEED since 2011. For several years, Mr. Paquin was a volunteer lecturer for the CEED pre-departure course, discussing topics relating to sustainability and entreneurship in developing nations. In 2014, Mr. Paquin helped re-design the class in order to open it up to the wider Concordia community and, in 2016, he agreed to teach the course.

Mr. Paquin's dedication to community and sustainability are well known at Concordia and we at CEED are privileged to have the opportunity to work with him.

Alex Enkerli

Alex Enkerli

School of Extended Learning, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Alex Enkerli, ethnographer and self-described "technopedagogue", has worked closely with CEED since 2011 and has been instrumental in the development of the CEED pre-departure course. Alex taught the course for two years, in 2013 and 2014, after having been a guest lecturer in previous years. His passion for cross-cultural work, reflexivity, and all things related to sub-Saharan Africa has been an asset to CEED and we are incredibly grateful for his ongoing support.

Rosemarie Schade

Rosemarie Schade

Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability

Rosemarie Schade has collaborated with CEED for a number of years and has been an amazing supporter of our work in developing student leaders at Concordia and engaging with our communities in Uganda. Since 2010, CEED has been preparing students to work abroad through the development of a three-credit pre-travel course, the design of which Rosemarie graciously assisted with. CEED has since struggled to find a department in which to house the course. However, with Rosemarie’s help, we were able to forge the relationships necessary to the course with a multi-faculty partnership model, a first in Concordia’s history. This includes credits donated to CEED from her own department, the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability (LCDS), despite her own limited resources.

In 2015, CEED and LCDS enhanced its relationship made possible through Ms. Schade’s openness and collaborative nature. This relationship now allows all undergraduate students traveling to Uganda the opportunity to gain an additional three credits by registering for the LCDS Internship course, an unprecedented collaboration at Concordia that will benefit countless students for years to come.

Peter Stoett

Peter Stoett

Director, Loyola Sustainability Research Centre

Dr. Peter J. Stoett has an impressive academic career, having studied and taught at many top universities across the world, and having conducted research in Europe, Africa, Central America and Asia. He has written, co-written, and co-edited over ten books and over 50 peer reviewed articles, chapters in edited books, and occasional papers. His main areas of expertise include international relations and law, global environmental politics, and human rights. 

Dr. Stoett’s latest SSHRC grant is for research on “Bioinvasion and Global Environmental Governance: the Transnational Policy Network on Invasive Alien Species.” He is currently editing a new text on Canada-United States environmental relations and continues to work in the areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change, international criminal law, and genocide studies.

He chaired the Department of Political Science from 2005-2011, and has sat on the Concordia Board of Governors, the Board’s Executive Committee, Senate, Senate Steering Committee, and other university governance bodies.

As Director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, Dr Stoett is a close partner and supporter of CEED.

Rebecca Tittler

Rebecca Tittler

Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability

Dr Tittler is the coordinator for the Loyola College of Diversity and Sustainabiltiy and as such, plays an important role in bridging together CEED, as an experiential learning organization, and the Loyola College as an academic institution. 

She holds a B.A in Biology from Swarthmore College (1995), an M. SC in Biology from the University of Alberta (1998) and a Ph.D in Biology from Carleton University (2008). Her research focuses the interactions between biodiversity, the structure of forested landscapes, and people, both in a larger forest context and in an urban and periurban context. She is also interested in the sustainable management of the boreal and mixedwood forest, and in ecosystem services provided by trees. 

Peter Odoch

Peter Odoch

Chair, Department of Economics, Gulu University

Peter Odoch, an active community member and proud father, has contributed immensely to the program in Gulu. His position at the Faculty of Economics at Gulu University and his research background has provided CEED interns and staff with advice and mentorship on a number of academically-oriented projects, and his involvement with local community-based organizations Freedom in Creation and Sports Outreach Ministry has helped strengthen CEED's community ties. He is currently a Board Member on CEED Uganda's Board of Directors and continues to be an important team member.

Hellen Mshilla

Hellen Mshilla

Lecturer, Gulu University

Hellen Mshilla first became involved with CEED in 2012 while completing her M.A. in Conflict Transformation Studies. She was one of three students selected to travel to Concordia University for a semester abroad, working with Concordia's Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) department. CEED was instrumental in attaining the funding for this opportunity through the AUCC's "Our Voices" grant. While in Montreal, Ms. Mshilla assisted CEED students in their preparation for travel to Uganda and has since become a friend and regular contributor to the organization.