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Join us  Saturday, April 14 for the 2018 GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics at the FedEx Global Education building!

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Saturday, April 14 • 10:45am - 11:45am
"Voluntourism" and the White Savior Complex FULL

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In this session, we'll engage in an interactive discussion about ‘voluntourism’ and the 'white savior complex' and how these concepts relate to global travel. You've heard of ‘voluntourism,’ where travelers with good intentions take breaks from their vacations abroad to provide some form of assistance or help to local communities. So why has ‘voluntourism’ earned a bad reputation in the world of international development and social justice?

In this discussion, we explore the phenomenon of voluntourism, how it reinforces global systems of power, and how to make your global impact sustainable. And we'll talk about what is involved in being a 'white savior,' why it's problematic, and some of the things you can do to avoid falling into the trap of the savior complex. Our intention is for this session to offer a safe and welcoming space for students to be introduced to the concepts of ‘voluntourism’, and ‘white savior complex’, while encouraging honest reflections on how we can participate in global and intercultural experiences in more ethical and compassionate ways.

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Iyman Gaspard

Program Manager, Center for Global Initiatives

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Krista Park Berry

Communications and Development Manager , Carolina for Kibera
With over 18 years of mission-driven communications experience in the nonprofit sector, Krista has helped develop strategic communication and marketing campaigns that raise awareness, affect change, and increase engagement. In addition to managing communications and brand strategy... Read More →
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Sebastian Elie-York

Student, 2020, Health Policy and Management | Entrepreneurship Minor
Sebastian Elie-York is a sophomore at Carolina. He was born in Toronto, Canada to a Haitian mother and a Kenyan father. He grew up listening to stories of his parent’s global adventures, which inspired him to consider travel through a critical lens. During the summer of 2017, he... Read More →
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Meagan Meekins

UNC Peace Corps Campus Recruiter, UNC Career Services
Meagan Meekins is a UNC undergraduate alumnus and current MPH student at Gillings School of Global Public Health. Between undergrad and graduate school Meagan served in the Peace Corps for 3 years in rural Paraguay. She currently lives in Carrboro and while not studying she can be... Read More →

Saturday April 14, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
Classroom 1009