Graduate Study Abroad
MAY COURSE: Colombia Leadership and Accompaniment
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MAY COURSE: Colombia Leadership and Accompaniment

ORGL690: Leadership and Accompaniment



Residency in Cali, Colombia:  May 19 - May 31, 2014    
Entire course pre- and post- via Blackboard:  Summer 2014

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Program Highlight

This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to earn three elective credits while practicing key concepts of leadership in an international service learning setting.  Students will spend two weeks working together with faculty and peers from Javeriana University in Cali, Colombia, a Jesuit university that Gonzaga has a long-standing partnership with.  The main goal of the course is to increase student understanding of the nexus between macro, mezzo and micro factors that affect community leaders and student peers working alongside each other.  The course includes excursions to local historical sites and museums, a couple of smaller cultural events and a trip to a finca cafetera (coffee farm).

Course Description

The Leadership and Accompaniment course, in partnership with Javeriana University in Cali, was designed to meet the Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic mission of Gonzaga University.  Students will engage directly with local community leaders and will gain first hand experience of asset-based community development models.  Students will learn how to conduct a needs assessment and how to apply leadership and social responsibility frameworks on the individual, mezzo and macro levels. Further, they will learn strategies for thinking and practicing ethical leadership, and will have increased self-awareness and cultural sensitivity through critical reflection and action.


DrTopuzova Dr. Topuzova joined Gonzaga in 2009.  She holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has an MA in American Literature from Sofia University, Bulgaria and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the European Peace University, Austria.

Her research interests and expertise are in working with communities, youth, families, refugees, internally displaced persons, as well as services targeted toward those populations.  Competency-based and online education, as well as developing leadership capacity in community and grassroots organizations, are among the areas of research that Dr. Topuzova is presently engaged in.

Born in Bulgaria, Dr. Topuzova is fluent in several Slavic languages (Russian, Macedonian, and Serbo-Croatian), in addition to her native Bulgarian.  Thanks to her experience working with diverse populations, she has a working knowledge of German, Farsi and Spanish.  Dr. Topuzova is also the co-editor of AUDEM: the International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy


Early Application is encouraged.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis up to the application deadline or until the program is filled.  Operation of this program is subject to administrative approval and is dependent upon meeting the minimum enrollment. 

  1. Submit your completed Application Form along with $400 non-refundable deposit that is applied to the cost of the program.
  2. Provide an official copy of your Graduate Program standing; Gonzaga students do not need to submit a transcript.
  3. Please attach a brief statement (300 words or less) addressing your interest in community development and/or grassroots leadership; your experience in multicultural or international setting or interest in working with Dr. Topuzova
  4. Upon receipt of these materials, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate Professional Studies Committee.  Upon notification of acceptance to participate in the course you will be sent a Financial Contract.  This Financial Contract needs to be signed and returned for your application to be considered.

Program Cost

Cost includes: Tuition for three credits, accommodations for the two weeks in Colombia, most group meals, local group transportation, AirMed, and International Student Identity Card.  NOT INCLUDED:  Airfare to Cali, Colombia (airport code: CLO)

Passport must be valid for six months after the end of the study abroad program. 

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