Visit by author Judith Lasker

When "Hoping to Help" Hurts

judith lasker headshotPresentation by Dr. Judith Lasker, author and NEH Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University

When “Hoping to Help” Hurts: What students, faculty, and staff need to know to avoid the pitfalls of global health volunteerism

February 14, 10:30am-11:45am
Campus Center, CE 450 A

As universities around the world tout the growing number of students seeking international experiences, they are also faced by the difficult challenges of ensuring that students have valuable learning experiences and do not put themselves or their hosts at risk. Especially in the arena of health service programs, which have been increasing dramatically, there are serious concerns about the possibility of harm to host communities. Volunteers are “hoping to help,” but there is little evidence to prove that they are helping.

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Book Discussion with Dr. Judith Lasker, Author of “Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering”

February 14, 8:00-9:30am
Campus Center, CE 309

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Visitor parking available in The Vermont St. Garage  This event is part of International Week at IUPUI taking place from February 11-17, 2018

Contact Stephanie Leslie,,  or Mary Price,, for more information. 

These events are sponsored by: Ethics of Global Health Volunteerism Working Group, Office of International Affairs, Center for Service & Learning, Office of Medical Service Learning - IU School of Medicine, IU School of Nursing, and Companion Community Development Alternatives