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Symposium 2013:  IPSL, St. Mary's University College (London) and the College of Mount Saint Vincent (New York City) 


Re-thinking Study Abroad:  Innovations in Advocacy, Partnership, and Service Ethic

The IPSL 2013 Symposium will be held Monday - Wednesday, November 11-13, 2013 in the Twickenham area of London, England at St Mary's University College. Please save the date for this unique opportunity to learn more about advocacy research, instilling a lifelong ethic of service, and foundational partnerships in the field of international service-learning. Make it a site visit and explore the unique IPSL program in London, which creates an opportunity for undergraduates to publish research on their service-learning fieldwork and mutually benefits the hosting service-learning organization in spreading awareness.

Symposium Schedule and Session Descriptions

Registration includes:  All symposium sessions and workshops; coffee and pastries each morning; lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and drink reception and plenary dinner on Monday. Registration fee: $375

The IPSL 2013 Symposium in London is honored to present the following special guests:
Sister Annie Credidio
Sister Annie Credidio, of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has dedicated her life to bringing care and dignity to patients of Hansen's Disease (leprosy). Sister Annie is the founder of Fundación Padre Damien (Damien House), an IPSL NGO partner in Guayaquil, Ecuador, which provides support to patients of Hansen's Disease. Every semester, IPSL students serve at Fundación Padre Damien, which has a community outreach program that helps those who have been treated and cured to secure a home, find work, and return to living full lives.
Sister M. Cyril Mooney 
Sister M. Cyril Mooney, is an internationally-recognized educational innovator and the 2007 winner of the Padma Shri Award, the Government of India's fourth-highest civilian honor. She is a native of Ireland and a Sister of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto). Since 1956 she has been living and working in India, where she has emerged as a nationwide leader in bringing quality education to urban and rural poor children. IPSL students have served in Sister Cyril's organizations for over 20 years.
Also featuring special guests from:
St Mary's University College (London, England)
College of Mount Saint Vincent (New York City, US)
Institute for South East Asian Affairs (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
AmeriCorps Alums (Atlanta, USA)
Campus Compact (Portland, USA)
Session presentations include:
From Program to Paradigm: Comparing the impact of International & Domestic Service-Learning on Student Career Choices: As Stated in its mission statement, Marquette University strives to instill a life-long ethic of service and commitment towards social justice through a variety of programs during the college experience. Service-learning opportunities in both domestic and international contexts are means utilized to achieve this objective. This session will explore how these programs work together to transform service from a semester-long program to a life-long paradigm by reviewing theory, program models and student patterns of service-learning. Participation reflections as well as post-graduation aspirations and career choices will also be examined.
-Jessica Lothman, Marquette University
A Comparative Study of Recovery from Addiction in the UK and Ireland: Using community research to counter stigma: This paper will present findings with a qualitative community-based study, including 27 semi-structured interviews, which explores factors that contribute to recovery from problematic substance use, and identifies resources that are drawn upon to maintain recovery. Whilst the extent of stigma in the wider community, often based on distorted media reporting, can play a part in obstruction attempts to “recover”, a more surprising and unexpected finding concerned the stigma and discrimination experienced from treatment professionals, some of whom professed the belief that recovery was unattainable, as expressed in “you’re a lifer”. Implications for policy and practice will be discussed.
-Carole Murphy, St Mary's University College
Active Learning Models in Kolkata: Lessons from the World: We conducted research in India that focused on innovative pedagogy, and educating the destitute. This research found some extremely sophisticated models for active learning. The goal of the research (some of which was conducted through IPSL connected sites in India) is to a) learn, and also b) cross-pollinate knowledge and ideas between NYC and Kolkata. This session will discuss the ongoing research, with an emphasis on best practice models for educating the destitute. There will be further discussion about how the principles of the pedagogical models are essential for educating vulnerable children, but superior techniques even beyond this population.
-Jane Holbrook, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Reflective Intercultural Competence (RIC): A Curricular Model for Instilling a Service Ethic in Study-Abroad: Reflective Intercultural Competence (RIC) is a strategy developed by the International Center for Intercultural Exchange (Siena, Italy) to help university students become effective social actors in a language and culture different from their own; it is an essential feature of the Full-immersion: Content, Culture and Service (FICCS) curriculum used by the Center with study-abroad students from the U.S. and other nations in Italy. The session will describe the essential elements of RIC, the student writing used as evidence, criteria and strategies used to assess student growth toward intercultural competence, how faculty are trained as RIC teachers and evaluators, and how an ethic of life-long service engagement with other cultures can result. The session will include an interactive activity in which participants will experience how RIC is assessed.
-Lavinia Bracci and Nevin Brown, The International Center for Intercultural Exchange
When Spiderwebs Unite They Can Tie Up a Lion: A Case Study on Building Action-Oriented Partnerships: In this session we’ll discuss the value of collaboration through the lens of a five-year partnership between more than 20 organizations in Multnomah County, Oregon. This partnership is successfully focusing on increasing the high school graduation rate of Oregon’s student, which is currently the forth worst in the United States. We’ll discuss the successes and challenges of the partnership as well as ideals for creating sustainable, reciprocal, long lasing partnerships within and across sectors. Participant will also have the opportunity to share ideas and challenges from their own experiences and to brainstorm ways to strengthen their current partnerships.
-Tina Shantz, Oregon Campus Compact
Programming on a Shoestring: Growing a network to support the cause you care about: One hundred and twenty families from a dozen nationalities and ethnic groups live in an apartment complex in Portland, Oregon, USA. A large charity organization funds one on-site coordinator to provide these families with support, information and opportunity. This task is only possible through the collaboration with partner organizations and a host of volunteers. They help provide and expand the range of programs of this diverse community,. Hear that story of both successes and unintended consequences of this endeavor and gain strategies and tips for your program.
-Elisabeth Gern, Catholic Charities Oregon
Introducing Advocacy Research Partnerships: This will be one or two sessions combining a team consisting of IPSL, St. Mary’s, CMSV, and the IPSL IRB board.
-Dr. Omar Nagi, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Facilitating IPSL Student Growth via Online Reflection: One critical component of a comprehensive international service-learning experience is guided student reflection, preferably rooted in an educational context of host country culture, history, and society as well as broader themes of social good institutions, entrepreneurship, and civic service, As students learn and serve in communities around the globe, how might an online course complement existing on-the-ground instruction or, where on-the-ground reflection methodology? Using IPSL as a case study, organizational benefits for offering online instruction as a primary facilitator of student reflection and personal/professional growth abroad.
-Dr. Erin Barnhart, IPSL
The impact of a Short Term International Volunteering opportunity on HE students: After two summers of visiting an orphanage in Romania with NTU student volunteers, recognizing the benefits this brought not only to the charity we partner with, but the students themselves, we decided to extend the international opportunities available to them. This session will look at the impact of those opportunities on the students involved and how it has altered their outlook on life, their role in society and their future propensity to volunteer in the UK and abroad. Questionnaires completed by student will highlight their perspective on the experiences and the impact on future careers and career aspirations.
-Andy Coppins, Nottingham Trent University  
Expanding Horizons through Service-Learning: Lady Doak College aims at providing a holistic education based on Gospel to young women from all social strata. From its inception, the college has laid emphasis on service programmes in different ways. The perception of Service-Learning when adopted justifies the mission of the college. International Service-Learning Programmes were organized since 2002. The process includes partnerships with institutions having a similar vision form Japan, Hong Kong, S. Korea, Portland and the local NGO's from the placements. The programme includes exposure to Indian culture and families, placements at service sites and reflection sessions. This session also highlights the experiential learning of the participants.
-Chithra J., Lady Doak College 
Holston to Liffey: Emory & Henry College, located in the Holston River watershed of southern Appalachia, partners with IPSL in Dublin, Ireland, a city built along the River Liffey, to establish a service-learning opportunity to explore place and justice, and the dynamics of social change in a trans-Atlantic context. With a rigorous opportunities for student to discern similarities between the issues with which they grapple in Appalachia with the issues of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, to wok for positive change in both places, and to explore the power of place to shape a political and social identity.
-Dr. Talmage Stanley, Emory & Henry College 
Examining the Challenges, Opportunities, and Outcomes of Advocacy Research in a Service Context: Carole and Liz will explore advocacy research from the perspective of the university, the academic staff, the students, the NGO's and the communities they serve. Acknowledging that maintaining research integrity, whilst gaining maximum value from the service experience can cause tensions, they will explore the ethical issues raised by such research and the real challenges of preserving research integrity whilst impacting positively on the organisation being researched. Consideration will also be given to the very particular issues of insider research involving a wide range of stakeholders and raising questions of sustainability and impact. We invite discussion as to how such initiatives can be developed into sustainable projects by, and for the benefit of, all stakeholders.
-Carole Murphy, St Mary's University College
-Liz Coombs, St Mary's University College 
Education and Service - an individual story:  Jason has dedicated his life to education and service. His fascinating story of how his education (which started later than most) has led to success in fundraising, educational achievement and an ethos of serving others and giving back to the community. Jason will discuss how he has built on the inspiration of others and his own aspirations. He is a trustee of the Runnymede Trust - the UK's leading independent race equality think tank, generating intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research and policy engagement. A St Mary's graduate, Jason has recently returned as a senior lecturer and brings his enthusiasm and passion for learning, and for giving back to others to his practice at St Mary's and is seen as an inspirational teacher. He continues to work in partnership with the university and the organisation and the individuals that he supports.
-Jason Arday, St Mary's University College Alum and Trustee for the Runnymede Trust
The Nature of Conflict - Managing Difficult Conversations:  Conflicts occur whenever people disagree over their values, motivations, perceptions, ideas or desires. These conflicts contribute to breakdowns in communication and hurt relationships. A critical component of managing conflicts is learning to understand the nature of conflict and the instinctual conditions that keep them from getting resolved. The workshop will also cover the practical steps to managing difficult conversations.
-Tsipora Dimant, Conflict Resolution Specialist
Comparative Study of Health and Social Policy Between Bermuda and the United States; One Student’s Advocacy Research: During the summer of 2012 a group of nursing students participated in a short-term study abroad course in Bermuda. This course was a comparative study of health and social policy between Bermuda and the US. The students in addition to didactic input were precepted by a professional in their area of interest. An honor’s student chose to follow a natural home birth midwife and for her Honors Thesis developed an in depth review of the literature in which she compared and contrasted the clinical aspects of evidence based practice as it applied to the 2 countries’ perspectives on home births verse hospital births. This presentation will present the course context in which the student participated and the undergraduate advocacy research she developed.
-Dr. Sandra Hillman, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Accelerate Impact through Service: Explores the role of service in addressing some of the globe’s most pressing challenges (education, homelessness, econ development, environment) as both a critical intervention, and an important leadership development opportunity for future policy leads and NGO Executives. The conversation will explain and highlight beneficial partnerships across a wide variety of institutions and organizations, featuring IPSL’s partnership with AmeriCorps Alums (a US based-NGO and the only network for AmeriCoprs service alumni) as well as the opportunity to consider other academic/charity partnerships from the US and around the world.
-Ben Duda, AmeriCorps Alums
Managing and Negotiating Student Work in a Developing Country: International research carries specific problems and challenges not always faced by researchers in their own societies. This presentation examines issues to consider when conducting research overseas, particularly for students. These issues include considerations such as access, language barriers, and differences in social norms. While many of the issues may be more strictly logistical concerns, differences in social norms and attitudes can have an important impact o selection of research questions, execution of the research, as well as interpretation of findings. It is also an important consideration where a goal of the research is advocacy for vulnerable populations.
-Dr. Sunita Bose, SUNY New Paltz
Encouraging Advocacy Research:  Resolving Practical Problems for the Student Researcher: Paul will review the dual IRB review process for student research. They will explain how the panels work together and the purpose of the IPSL International IRB. Emphasis will be placed on student support to facilitate research and the review of research using an intercultural lens. The audience will be invited to share their research review processes, student research support and considerations of conducting research in an international context.
-Paul Newton, Attorney
Connecting the Connectors: An Online Space for Service Coordinators Who Work in Study Abroad: As Service coordinator I am the go-between, or connector for students and the community as well as director of a few service projects within the community. It is often the case that much discussion about Service-Learning focuses on the academic aspects of service experiences OR on the end-result of a successful semester’s service project. Both of these are necessary for the advancement of the pedagogy.
-Mike Manchester, The International Center for Intercultural Exchange
NGO Voices: Panel discussion featuring IPSL NGO partners around the world. Short presentation by each NGO as to work they do, how related to IPSL and how student volunteers help in their mission. Open questions for audience. Questions jump started by 2-3 prepared questions for panel.
-Sister Cyril, Loreto Day School Sealdah / Rainbow School
-Sister Annie, Fundación Padre Damien / Damien House
-Ethan Knight, Carpe Diem
-Elisabeth Gern, Catholic Charities
Art for the Visually Impaired: A project on Art for the Visually Impaired worked with two students pilot the model. Katherine Then (who is entering the IPSL MA program in Oregon) worked with Eilyn Vargas. The project was for both Katherine and Eilyn (as someone who experiences a visual impairment) to develop techniques and a model for working with visually impaired persons. Techniques that were developed included developing spatial awareness through touching/tactile tracing of shapes and form, and trying to reproduce it through sensory information received through the tactile experience. Students were also creating paintings in response to different musical genres, such as classical, rock and rap. The project also incorporate language arts such as poetry.
-Dr. Enrico Giordano
Need a Hotel? CLICK HERE for a list of accommodations near St Mary's University College
Additional transportation information below
Teddington area
Lensbury Hotel: wi-fi available, office equipment available, gym. Full English breakfast included. Price range £115 to £200 GBP.
Travel Lodge: wi-fi available in common areas. Breakfast offered for a separate charge. Rates are approximately £79 GBP and up. Bar/restaurant inside. Walking distance to eateries and shopping. Train station is approximately 1/2 block away and this will take you to Strawberry Hill Station, which is walking distance to St Mary's.

The Park Hotel:  has 48 double rooms. Complimentary wi-fi, restaurant and bar on premises. Breakfast not included. Rates start at £79 GBP and up. 

Suggestions for area hotels and attractions:

Twickenham area

Travel Lodge:  There is another Travel Lodge next to the Twickenham Train Station and will take guests to Strawberry Hill Station, and from here, guests can walk to St. Mary's. Rates are approximately £79 GBP and up. 

Alexander Pope's (Young's Hotel):  Incudes breakfast and wi-fi. Restaurant and bar on premise. Rates range from £89 to £120 GBP per night.

Premier Inn (Young's Hotel):  In Twickenham East, has 17 rooms including 1 with disability access. Rooms have double or twin beds. Breakfast not included. A total of 30 minutes of free wi-fi per day; this can be used in a single instance or over multiple times until 30 minutes is reached. Rates start at £79 per night.

Additional hotel website:




7 Haggard Road, Twickenham TW1 3AL  PHONE: 020 8892 6223                                                                

3 single & double/twin rooms (Continental breakfast included)       £35 (single)  £60 (double/twin)



27 King Edwards Grove, Teddington TW11 9LY   PHONE: 020 8977 7251                                                                                                                                                                 

1 single & 1 twin rooms  (Continental breakfast included)  £40 (single)  £65 (twin) 



35 Grange Avenue, Twickenham TW2 5TW   PHONE: 020 8744 8150 or 07970 317125                                                                                                                      


1 double room with sofabed for children  (Continental Breakfast included)  £75 double room/night;   £490/week (self cater)

This property is self contained with fully equipped kitchen, washing machine & dishwasher. There is a decked area outside the bedroom for solely your use.   



18 Elmers Drive, Teddington TW11 9JB  PHONE: 020 8943 3773    OR  07762 233463

1 twin & 2 single rooms. Use of sitting/dining room (Continental breakfast)   £35 (per person per night)



11 Spencer Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW2 5TH  PHONE: 020 8894 527  French Spoken.  

3 rooms (1 twin and two doubles)  (Continental breakfast included)  From £35 (per person per night)



6 Grove Gardens, Teddington TW11 8AP  PHONE: 020 8977 6066  OR  07793 672607                                                                                                                                       

2 (single & twin) rooms. Wireless internet. £40 (single),  £65 (twin)  (Continental breakfast included) 

£5 surcharge for single night stay (per person)



1 Bridle Lane, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 3EG   PHONE: 020 8892 4507 OR 07966 549515  Website:                                                        

3 en-suite double/twin bedrooms. 1 self contained studio (sleeps 3)    £135 (studio), £85 (double) (reduced rates for stays of three or more days)  Parking £5/night.           



25 Walpole Road, Twickenham TW2 5SN  PHONE: 020 8894 1673

1 Double room with bath (Continental breakfast included). Wireless internet.   £30 (per person per night)



9 Orford Gardens, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4PL PHONE: 07931 597569 (No email)

1 Single room (Breakfast included)     £35 (single)   Wireless internet.            



39 Grange Avenue, Twickenham TW2 5TW  PHONE: 020 8894 1055   OR    07711 552310


Double room with ensuite shower with doors leading to Italian walled terrace garden. Continental breakfast included. Wireless internet.            

£85 (one night); £75 (two nights or over)

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Please note that the London Heathrow Airport is the airport closest to the location of the symposium, St Mary's University College. We recommend arriving in London no later than Sunday, November 10, 2013. The university is located in Twickenham but staying in the areas of Teddington or Richmond can also be a good option as Central London is approximately 30 minutes away by train.

Here is the link to London's public transportation website.  Use the trip planner feature on the right side of the webpage to plan you journey from the airport to your hotel. 

Here is a link from St Mary's website that shows near by hotels on a map. This is a helpful visual of proximity:

For general information please inquire with Erin Babcock at
For questions on transportation logistics in London or local arrangements, please inquire with Liz Coombs at or 020 8240 4015