Villanovans provide more than 220,000 hours of service annually in communities locally, regionally and globally. The University was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
CGL supports international initiatives as service is central to the Villanova experience and the Augustinian mission of the University. This year’s recipients received funding for a Taiwan/American Student Conference, a Starfish Foundation Internship in Ecuador and a Business Without Borders Service Project in Nicaragua.
Last summer, Greg Branigan ’16 CLAS served as an intern with the Starfish Foundation in Ecuador. Greg volunteered as a tutor and was to help student’s with English, Math, Biology and Chemistry - all in Spanish.
The Starfish Foundation's mission is to be a premier means for at-risk Ecuadorian youth to achieve a post-secondary education. Only 60% of youth continue their education past sixth grade. Their vision is a community where underprivileged Latin American youth are empowered to create a better future through continuing education. Beth Awalt ’09 CLAS is a co-founder of The Starfish Foundation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxCPqtfcYk8
In August, Pin-Pin 'Alice' Liao ’16 VSB hosted the Taiwan-America Student Conference Inc. (TASC) and served as the Founder and Director. She is from Diamond Bar, California and is pursuing a double major in Marketing and International Business, with a minor in Japanese. As a Taiwanese-American she enjoys comparing her experiences in both countries and drawing the best from both cultures.
The conference attracted 42 delegates from both countries and gathered for two weeks in Taiwan to study and analyze issues of concern to both countries while visiting diverse regions in the country. The major themes discussed at the conference included Taiwan-China-US relations, modern issues in education, diversity, identity and discrimination, government and society, and energy and environmental sustainability. TASC’s mission is to improve US-Taiwan relations by deepening mutual understanding of each other’s cultures, histories, and most importantly, people.
Building on a summer development trip, 12 BWB undergraduate students traveled to Nicaragua over Fall break to administer the collection of both general business information and operational strategies via surveys to the businesses of Esteli and surrounding departementos that received microfinance loans from the Lux-Development and Banpro partnership. They are now utilizing business analytics software to analyze the data from the surveys in order to make suggestions for improvement.