Courtney Vaughan
Learning beyond the self: A reciprocal approach to experiential learning

Courtney is a student at King's University College at Western University, currently in her fourth year of undergraduate studies in an Honors Specialization in Social Justice and Peace Studies, a Minor in First Nations Studies, and a Certificate in Practical French. She is a lover of languages, focusing her time outside of her studies learning French and Spanish within their cultural environments, and acting as the current Managing Editor and contributor to the Regis, King's student-run publication. Her current research interests include engendered natures of experiential learning, indigenous pedagogues, indigenous relations with the Canadian state, political ecology, and social movements and building community. 

Jenna Strathearn
Loss of shameless idealism: The pedagogical failure of voluntourism

Jenna is a 4th year honours specialization student at King's University College achieving a BA in Childhood & Social Institutions and Social Justice & Peace Studies with a certificate in Childhood in the Justice System. She is an avid traveller with research interests in voluntourism, policy change, international relations, the cultural relativity of childhood, and the social constructions evident within society. 

Dr. Laura Béres & Rev. Michael Bechard
Challenges and opportunities of cross-listing experiential courses which include travel

Dr. Laura Béres is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at King’s University College. She has facilitated and/or accompanied social work students in experiential courses which have included travel to Mexico, India, and China. Most recently, with Rev. Michael Béchard, she was involved in a joint experiential course with both Religious Studies students and Social Work students, which involved two weeks in a remote fly-in First Nation’s community in the far north of Saskatchewan.

Rev. Michael Bechard is a priest of the Diocese of London who has been ministering at King's University College for the past 10 years.  His graduate studies have focused on Christian Rites of Initiation in the early church and enculturation as a means of evangelization.


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