AMIGOS DE LAS AMERICAS AND RICE CENTER FOR CIVIC LEADERSHIP COLLABORATION

Anne Wells, who is a Senior at Rice University, saw some gaps in the preparation of engineering undergraduate students who do international programs, particularly those in Engineers Without Borders. She saw an opportunity to bridge this gap by partnering with AMIGOS, and together we created a series of trainings for these Rice students.

AMIGOS participants used to practice building latrines on the Rice campus. This partnership has grown and today, we collaborate with the Rice Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) in several ways:
(1) CCL awards several Lowenstern Fellowships to financially support students to participate in AMIGOS programs.
(2) 2016 will also be the third year that we have a Rice intern for the summer.
(3) The newest initiative is to provide training to students in Engineers Without Borders and other Rice students interested in international community initiatives.

Our first of three trainings for this year was this past Sunday. The experience was overwhelmingly positive; one of the students will submit a proposal to the Engineers Without Borders Executive Committee to see if this training can be required for all Engineers Without Borders teams. Below shows how this collaboration and training model was developed and works!

For more information on this collaboration, please email Marta Ascherio. 

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Natalie Murdock

Natalie spends her days marketing for AMIGOS, and her nights snuggling with her beagles while reading parenting books.