Everywhere. Inequality and injustice know no boundaries, nor do the passions of our students. We empower undergrads to cross borders and implement projects abroad, or stay here in the states and tackle issues close to home.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) should be tools of empowerment for all people. We believe in learning appropriate technologies in order to identify the correct tool to use in a given situation. Projects take our students across the world and they understand the folly of thrusting technology onto communities.
Decades of failed development projects have taught us that the old model of parachuting into a community, deciding what they need to 'fix' them, and then leaving without taking steps to consider whether the project was working is no longer viable (it never was). We teach a philosophy of community engagement and listening. Communities know what they need, it's our job to help them achieve it.
Empowerment and sustainability go hand in hand. When we work with communities, we empower them to use technological tools and best practices of enterprise so that once we leave, the project won't collapse. One of our mottos is "Don't take the missionary position", in other words, don't create a situation wherein a community or org is dependent on you for the sustainability of a project.
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Social Science 2 Rm 047
Santa Cruz, CA