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Pedagogies of Reciprocity: The Politics of International Education

Year of Funding: 
2020/2021

Pedagogies of Reciprocity is an inter-campus, interdisciplinary and international research effort to explore the politics of global partnerships and knowledge production within international education. The project centers global research collaborators who simultaneously play the roles of researchers and activists, as well as instructors and program staff for study abroad programs. Pedagogies of Reciprocity highlights the essential knowledge these individuals bring to research on the politics, discourses, and impacts of international education programs, particularly during the global pandemic of COVID-19.

The collaboration is organized at the University of Washington by Ben Gardner (Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Ron Krabill (Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), and Anu Taranath (Teaching Professor, Comparative History of Ideas/English).

Meet our fellow collaborators:

Eric Opoku Agyemang serves as co-founder and executive director of the Cheerful Hearts Foundation, a non-profit that uses community-based interventions to address child trafficking in the Ghanaian fishing industry through Education, Public Health, and Human Rights initiatives. Additionally, he serves as founder & national coordinator of the Patriots Ghana, a national organization that promotes youth leadership, good governance, and active citizen participation in Ghana through rural community volunteer services and cross-cultural exchange.  Besides local volunteers, Eric has recruited and worked with over 600 international volunteers on various community-based interventions and research projects in Ghana. In 2015, he served as a fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in recognition for his active community engagement, passion for ending human trafficking, and commitment to building leaders of change. While working towards his PhD in Social Welfare, Eric holds a Masters in Social Work - Policy and Administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the Methodist University College, Ghana.

Maanda Ngoitiko is a Maasai from the remote Ngorongoro region of Northern Tanzania. They are the founder of the Pastoral Women’s Council that addresses the root causes of gender inequality and oppression. They promote education, economic empowerment, and women in leadership. Maanda completed her studies in Ireland and return to Northern Tanzania to work for a Maasai community organization. Maanda attended Kenyatta Univeristy in Nairobi and completed her degree in Environmental Studies. . In 2016 Maanda was a nominated finalist for a Front Line Defenders Human Rights Defenders at Risk award which honours human rights defenders who contribute to the promotion and protection of their communities, often at great personal risk.

Mr. Oppong Nyantakyi serves as a Projects and Volunteers Coordinator for Cheerful Hearts Foundation (CHF), a non-profit NGO working to promote education and stop child labor and trafficking in the Central Region of Ghana. Joining the CHF team in 2013, Oppong develops and implements interventions to promote community education on the rights of children, promotes quality education, and reintegrates former child laborers to school. He also coordinates both local and international interns and volunteers who assist on all projects of CHF, a role that has given him the opportunity to work with over 500 volunteers from all over the world. Oppong hopes to see a sustainable and positive change in rural communities through his work.

Francisco Tenorio-Hernández is a human rights defender with experience on youth, education, cross-cultural understanding, and sexual rights. He has collaborated with different organizations and projects both locally and internationally. In 2014, he was part of the Global Leaders Development Program (Ship for the World Youth), a rich network of youth leaders from around the world. Since 2016, Francisco has coordinated the UW study abroad program “LGBTQ Communities, Migration and Public Health in Mexico.” Currently he studies Political Science at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, and is engaged in various peace and social justice movements across Mexico and the Global South. Currently, Francisco serves as part of the Youth Advisor Group of the United Nations Fund of Population Office in Mexico.

Indhu Subramaniam is the former executive director of Hengasara Hakkina Sangha (HHS), a women’s human rights organisation based in Karnataka, southern India. Her work has involved the design and implementation of legal and social empowerment programs for women. She has been at the forefront to promote women’s human rights with a concerted focus on violence against women (VAW). Indhu has been a part of numerous advocacy efforts to persuade the government of Karnataka to implement laws on VAW in the right manner. Currently she divides her time between consulting on gender rights issues and writing.

Primary Contacts

Ben Gardner (Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) 

Ron Krabill (Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Anu Taranath (Teaching Professor, Comparative History of Ideas/English)

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