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.