Katharine Owens, associate professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and International Studies is part of a team that has been awarded a grant through the Stevens Initiative. The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa while growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. It is funded by the US Department of State and the Bezos Family Foundation, among other donors.
Professor Owens will be working with partners in a project supporting cross-cultural civic education among students called PAYCE (Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement). Partners include Al Quds and An-Najah Universities in the Palestinian territories and Drake University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and the University of New Hampshire in the United States.
As a part of the project, two undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Juli Dajci ('21) and Taylor Zitkus ('19) will collaborate with Professor Owens to lead students in using digital media to learn about civics and share their results cross-culturally with students abroad.
Read more about the Stevens Initiative here: http://www.stevensinitiative.org/stevens-initiative-announces-13-new-grants-fund-international-virtual-exchange/
The description of the PAYCE project can be found here: http://www.stevensinitiative.org/project/al-quds-university/