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Creative Collaboration

North Parkers in Africa

Preparing students for lives of significance and service is a key outcome of a North Park University education. Students live out their values, their principles, and their faith in many ways, and in places throughout Chicago, the United States and the world.

This issue of North Parker focuses on students who, along with faculty and staff, have taken up the challenge of being social innovators — people who put imagination and creativity to work and bring creative solutions to pressing social problems.

Our storytelling focuses on Africa. One account follows the still-ongoing story of North Park graduate Amy Russell’s incredible journey through Africa on foot. Another tells about the origins of Spark Ventures, and how it has involved students in lifesaving projects in Zambia. A third story describes how students took the dreams of a University history professor and turned them into action in Kenya. We also invite you to read Nnenna Okore’s heartfelt essay about her work as a Fulbright Scholar this year in Nigeria.

In addition to Africa, University students are working and studying in places throughout the world. Students can access more than 150 study-abroad sites in 42 countries spanning six continents. They also join bilateral exchange programs, and work and study in universities in Argentina, Finland, Iceland, South Korea, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. Others gain valuable cross-cultural experience in domestic and international Global Partnerships trips. About five percent of the undergraduate student body consists of people who come to North Park from outside the United States, and return after graduation to serve in their home countries.

Next Steps

Share your own African story by contacting the Alumni Relations office.

Read more from the Summer 2013 North Parker.