UW Bothell’s Ashbaugh Takes 16 Students to Zambia, Africa


Tuesday, July 27, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – University of Washington Bothell’s Dr. Leslie Ashbaugh will be leading an Exploration Seminar to Zambia, Africa this August.

The University of Washington’s Exploration Seminars are international study programs that allow students to develop knowledge, skills and sensitivities that help them become effective contributors to our global community.

Dr. Ashbaugh and 16 UW students will spend one month in Zambia to assess the strategies and practices of contemporary development projects that focus in areas of education, health and the environment. Students will work in groups of 4 to collaborate, visit, and participate in these ongoing development programs.

Says Dr. Ashbaugh, “My goal is to introduce the students to the challenges of development work in countries with large economic challenges like Zambia. I hope they will have a deeper respect for the challenges that are faced by Zambians, make a few friends along the way, and return to the Pacific Northwest with a better sense of how they can contribute to global changes and challenges.”

The group will spend 10 days in the capital city of Lusaka, 10 days in Katete at the Tikondane community center and 10 days in the rural Eastern Province.  The group will also be able to participate in the Eastern Province’s paramount chief’s annual Kulamba ceremony on August 28. 

Dr. Ashbaugh currently teaches in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at UW Bothell. Her research interests include Africa, gender, race and class differences, labor, and the global community.

For more information about UW’s Exploration Seminars, visit: http://depts.washington.edu/explore/.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.