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Program Updates and Notes from the Field

Blackfeet Documentary Film: 100 Years

Blackfeet Documentary Film: 100 Years

When you hear about Blackfeet elder Elouise Cobell and her David-and-Goliath fight against the U.S. government, your first thought might be: Wow, her story would make a great movie. And it does.

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Youra Moeun | From Cambodia to MSU to PhD Program

Youra Moeun | From Cambodia to MSU to PhD Program

Youra Moeun was only nine years old when she moved from her home village in Cambodia to Phnom Penh, leaving behind her parents and four sisters. An American couple had offered to pay school fees for a handful of kids in the capital city, and Youra, a promising student, seized the opportunity.

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VISIONS Spotlighted by the New York Times

VISIONS Spotlighted by the New York Times

VISIONS was spotlighted by the New York Times earlier this week in their article about summer programs that teach empathy! The print copy will appear in the newspaper on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Read the excerpt from the NYT below…

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Spotlight: Madison Asher

Spotlight: Madison Asher

Twelve years since her experience in Peru, Madison fills us in on what her life looks like now. “My friends used to play the “find something Madison can’t turn positive” game. They almost always lost…”

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Spotlight: Danielle Parga

Spotlight: Danielle Parga

Twelve years since her trip to Peru, Danielle fills us in on what her life looks like now. “I went on to study Latin American art history and archaeology in college, and I was able to pull from my VISIONS experience to fill in the gaps…”

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Spotlight: Emma Solferino

Spotlight: Emma Solferino

Today we hear directly from British Virgin Islands participant Emma about her daily life and her takeaways from the Caribbean… “I strive to smile frequently and try to make people laugh through (not so great, admittedly) jokes, so day to day I’m pretty happy…”

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Spotlight: Kristin O’Donoghue

Spotlight: Kristin O’Donoghue

Kristin shares her hopes for the future and explains how international community service fits in… “I would like to break down barriers of judgment that we have created for ourselves, that prohibit us from understanding one another and from making change…”

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Spotlight: Marvin Mastin

Spotlight: Marvin Mastin

When Marvin enters the room, the world gets a little brighter… “In my life I would like to create dialogue between people/groups. Everything starts with an interaction between two parties. VISIONS taught me that I only skimmed the surface of what there is to learn, share and discover…”

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Spotlight: Kodee Cloninger

Spotlight: Kodee Cloninger

Kodee will be returning to Ecuador for her sixth summer with VISIONS and is excited to share her passion with another group…
“Through its focus on community and communication VISIONS has given me the opportunity to accept myself for my greatest strengths and weaknesses…”

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