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Introducing New Training Instructor John Straw, Executive Director for Concern America.

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JohnStraw…John Straw, Executive Director over at Concern America!  He will be teaching a few different online courses in the Sustainable Community Development Certificate program starting with the upcoming Approaches to Community Development course through Colorado State University (Registration deadline this Sunday, July 20). John Straw grew up in Flint, Michigan and received his Bachelors from the University of Michigan with a degree in Spanish and Education. He went on to earn a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, focusing on social justice and bilingual education. John and his wife lived for five years in Honduras and Guatemala working on a variety of community-based health and development projects. For the past 15 years, John has worked with Concern America, an international development and refugee aid organization based in southern California, with health, water, and income-generation projects in Latin America and Africa. He has been the Executive Director of Concern America since 2012. In addition to his international development work, John has taught Spanish at the middle and high school levels, is on the school board of his daughter’s dual immersion school, and regularly participates in local political, justice, and solidarity efforts focused on Latin America. John and his wife are the proud parents of two children ages 15 and 12. We are excited to have him on board and we think he will be a valuable addition to our training faculty!

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Fall I Session

GSLL 1509 – Development and the Politics of Empowerment

Through a careful investigation of the historical applications of development, we will explore the idea that development is an inherently political process and challenge the claim that any development NGO is apolitical. Additionally, we will strive to identify successful methods of community empowerment through political organization.

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Summer II Session

GSLL 1510 – Community-Based Mapping

This course explores theories, ethics, applications, and methods of community-based mapping and its role in participatory learning and action as well as larger processes of integrated community-based development.

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