UD hosts conference on closing global divide in New Delhi
Prof. Mahasveta Barua's students assisted her in hosting the first conference on "Closing the Social Divide" in New Delhi last year as part of a service learning project.
Students from India and UD in a break-out session at last year's conference.


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12:31 p.m., Jan. 26, 2011----A conference in India focusing on how corporations and higher education can help improve the lives of poor women and children will be hosted by faculty and students from the University of Delaware on Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jacaranda India Habitat Center in New Delhi.

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“Crossing Borders through Service and Education,” the second annual conference on Closing the Divide in Globalized Times, will feature panel discussions on corporate responsibility and the community, the humanities as a bridge to global understanding, service learning as a necessary component of higher education, and the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in education.

“My students and I want to help implement positive change,” said Mahasveta (Gitu) Barua, adjunct assistant professor of English at the University of Delaware. Barua recently initiated the Global Academic Partnership and is working to connect her students to organizations in India for service learning opportunities.

Last year, Barua and her students worked with KATHA, an NGO in New Delhi, to host the inaugural conference, which attracted more than 200 attendees. The students also volunteered for service learning projects with KATHA ranging from teaching English and math to the children, to website analysis. The effort is highlighted in UD's new Global publication.

The 2011 conference is supported by UD's Institute for Global Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English and the Office of Service Learning.

Article by Tracey Bryant