Service Learning for Recovery of Ukraine

Service Learning for Recovery of Ukraine
The invasion of Ukraine is causing a massive humanitarian crisis. Many countries are providing assistance to Ukraine in immediate response but also broader discussions about longer term recovery on the principles of Build Back Better take place at the level of governments, business associations, universities, NGOs. International experience and international perspective is also very important to make the process transparent and up to speed. With the beginning of the war, many Ukrainian universities showed exemplary resilience and solidarity, engaged in global advocacy for Ukraine. Most supported their students and faculty in the time of trial. Volunteering became a part of everyday life for many Ukrainian students and faculty members. A sudden and rapid increase of requests from society makes a Service Learning methodology an opportunity to fulfill some new missions.

On November 30th we will be streaming on Youtube a panel discussion about Service Learning for Recovery of Ukraine. We have asked our distinguished guest to have a discussion about:
Global interdependence and how local issues in various parts of the World influence all of us?
How do local service learning projects help in solving global issues?
What can Ukraine learn from the global community for the recovery programs?

Our panelists will be:

Andrew Furco, an American scholar, researcher, and educator in the field of experiential education, whose work has focused primarily on advancing research in Service Learning. Professor Furco is an Associate Department Chair for Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and Director of the International Center for Research on Community Engagement at the University of Minnesota, Associate Editor for Research for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

Marcus Kreikebaum, a Head of EBS Centre for Business Ethics and Lecture at EBS Business School. His main research interests cover Community Service Learning, Research Ethics, Applied Ethics, Political Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology.

Bojana Culum has a PhD and MSc in Higher Education from the University of Rijeka, where she works as Assistant Professor. Her main research interests cover higher education and civil society, university third and civic mission, university role in local community development, and changes in academic profession. Her teaching follows service-learning pedagogy and covers themes in education, didactics, civil society, evaluation research, and qualitative research methods. She has been a member of the National Committee for Volunteering Development, appointed by the Croatian Government.

Andrii Shestak holds Licentiate in institutional communication, is a Director of the School of Journalism and Communication at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of UCU, priest, and executive head of Pastoral council of Ukrainian Catholic Church. Fr. Shestak’s recently received an award from the University for implementing Service Learning in the courses and in the curriculum of School of Journalism and Communications.

Moderator of the discussion will be Sofiya Opatska, Vice Rector for Strategic Development of the Ukrainian Catholic University.