CISLA Happenings

Lee Davis, Class of '88, Keynote Speaker, Fall Weekend 2013

Sponsored by CISLA and the Office of Alumni Relations, Connecticut College alumnus, Lee Davis, Class of '88, was invited to speak at Fall Weekend 2013. Davis is Scholar-in-Residence in the Center for Social Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Social Enterprise Fellow at the Yale School of Management, and co-founder and former CEO of NESsT, an incubator of social businesses in emerging markets. In his talk entitled, Social + Design + Entrepreneur: Liberal Arts and the New Social Design Movement, Davis explored the global movement that is afoot to re-envision the future of social change, and why liberal arts may hold the perfect interdisciplinary recipe. 

Application process for the Class of 2016

The application process for the class of 2016 begins in the fall. Sophomore applicants navigate the rigorous application process and craft written proposals with the assistance of faculty and current CISLA students assigned to them as mentors. Final proposals are due to the CISLA office in November. A committee of 12 faculty and staff will meet in mid-December to select the class of 2016 and students are notified of the decisions during winter break. The class of 2016 begins its journey through the CISLA program with the required gateway course, Perspectives on Modern Global Society, team-taught by a group of Connecticut College professors from various disciplines.

Annual United Nations trip

In April 2013, the Class of 2015 made the annual CISLA sophomore trip to New York City to visit the United Nations and meet with delegates from several countries. In the past, CISLA students have met with delegates from the missions of Argentina, Italy, Iran, Mexico, the United States, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Students have had the opportunity to engage with foreign diplomats in meaningful dialogue on a variety of global issues.

The annual CISLA banquets

During Fall Weekend 2013, CISLA welcomed the families and friends of the Class of 2014 to celebrate the students' completion of their internships at our annual Senior Banquet. CISLA seniors shared their unique experiences abroad and reflected on the common themes of their Senior Integrative Projects. 

CISLA will host its annual Spring Banquet to honor the newly admitted CISLA class and introduce their families and friends to the CISLA program.

Gift for Casa-Nica, Masaya, Nicaragua

Each year, CISLA students raise money at Fall Weekend through the sale of cards made from the winning photographs from the international photo contest. We choose to donate the proceeds to an organization where one of our CISLA students had an internship, and this year we chose Casa-Nica in Masaya, Nicaragua, where Christopher May conducted his internship during the summer of 2013.

Casa-Nica is a fresh-faced international NGO located in Masaya, Nicaragua, known as the “cultural basin” of Nicaragua, that works with the Nicaraguan people in the community in a diverse array of project fields such as education, agriculture, sustainability, health, drug rehabilitation, technology and animal care. 

Casa-Nica believes that the most effective way to truly help Nicaragua is by working with and contributing to the pre-existing projects and foundations already created by the Nicaraguan people. Too many foreign NGOs enter into a country and make their own decisions about what is needed, and rarely consult those community leaders who have lived and worked in the country their entire lives. Casa-Nica provides a medium for Nicaraguan and foreign volunteers to meet and collaborate.

Contact Information:

Phone: 860-439-2440]

Fax: 860-439-5362


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