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  • People often ask Stephan A. Privett, “What do you hope to accomplish with these leadership immersion experiences?”

    What I hope for is an increased sensitivity within the leadership of the university to the heart-breaking struggles of the three billion people in our world who try to live on less than $2 a day and a heightened awareness of this global perspective within which we educate our students.

    This perspective invites them and us to embrace and respond to the hopes and dreams of the vast majority of the world whose constant struggle is simply to stay alive for another day. The Spanish word for this is conscientizacion — a process for developing a profound personal awareness of the world that we live in and of our responsibility and capacity to change that world for the better.

    From 30,000 feet, one country looks pretty much like the other. To see la realidad of the poor and vulnerable, we must leave the Hilltop. It is axiomatic that what we see is determined by where we stand. To stand amidst the poor and those who work with them, if only for a week, is to see and experience reality as the majority of the world do. From that perspective there is no more urgent work than ours – educating our minds and hearts and those of our students to create la realidad that allows all men and women to realize their full human dignity and to enjoy a fair share of this earth’s goods.
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