short-term program, undergraduate students from all disciplines studied
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Cultural Ecology of Food with the
Greenbelt Movement (GBM), a grassroots non-governmental organization founded by
Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Her renowned organization focuses on
providing income and sustenance to millions through planting trees and
restoring the environment. GBM has planted over 40 million trees, and has
conducted several large-scale campaigns informing Kenyans about women's rights,
civic empowerment, and the environment.
activities on campus prior to travel introduced students to the course's
topics. While in Kenya, students and GBM members worked on community projects
such as tree planting, food security, and sustainable agriculture. In addition,
travels and excursions introduced students to the diversity of Kenyan society,
culture, and environment.
program was led by Dr. Patrick McHaffie, Associate Professor of Geography at
DePaul, and by Dr. Howard Rosing, Director of the Irwin W. Steans Center for
Community-based Learning at DePaul. The program ran again in 2010 led by Dr.
McHaffie and Dr. Lisa Pecot-Hebert from the College of Communication
For more information on the Kenya Study Abroad Program please visit the following links:
Kenya Study Abroad Program
DePaul University Study Abroad Program
View video footage of our December 2009 trip: