University classes – less white, less Western!
School is back in, and I’m teaching two classes at the University of Oregon this fall – Humanitarian Aid & Development, Peace & Conflict, and Careers in International Relief and Development. One thing that I’ve noticed over the past few years of teaching these courses (that is echoed in the patterns of hiring of aid agencies) is that people seeking (and getting) jobs in this sector are significantly more nationally and, ethnically diverse. For example, about a quarter of my Careers class is now non-American. I’m also getting a lot more questions from non-American and non-Western job-seekers.
All this is just to say that I will be putting some more effort into a significant push for more content aimed at people looking to break into this line of work from outside the traditional countries!