This GIE will focus on Native populations and environmental stewardship. Students will have the opportunity to learn and explore the traditional and contemporary ways of Alaska’s Indigenous cultures with visits to Heritage Centers and local companies in Anchorage.
Alaska’s living cultures continue to flourish in a changing world, and although our world changes, their values and traditions remain. This program will take students on a journey through 10,000 years of Alaska Native history and culture through art, dance, Native Games demonstrations, exhibits, traditional Native dwellings, films, and more.
On-the-ground learning from leaders in sustainable business, local and global nonprofits, and social enterprises equips students not only with an awareness of the social issues faced in a particular society but also a working knowledge of how the organizations operate successfully in the community. While meeting with organizations pursuing philanthropic, humanitarian, or community-focused goals, students will dive deep into the practicalities of running an organization with these aims, as well as the mission, opportunities, and challenges.
Students will also engage in a hands-on service-learning activity on the first day in Alaska, actively working to better the community they are visiting while learning about the challenges unique to the area through a management discussion.
Dr. Larry Chavis, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, will lead this immersion.