Avery Bang (MS CivEngr’09) believes that every person has a right to safely access essential services such as health care, schools and markets. As CEO of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit that builds pedestrian bridges in rural poor communities to provide access, Bang is literally building upon that belief, one bridge at a time. She also founded the Bridges to Prosperity University Program, which supports student chapter groups around the world including one at CU-Boulder. (Support the CU B2P chapter’s campaign to build a footbridge in Bolivia now—learn more: www.colorado.edu/crowdfunding.)
Earlier this year, about 30 young Peruvian women walked as many as 10 hours to gather in Urubamba, a village located just south of the Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru’s Sacred Valley.
The women, whose average age was 18, made the long journey to participate in the Visionary Leadership Institute, organized with the help of Abigale Stangl, a University of Colorado Boulder doctoral student.
For participants in CU-Boulder’s Global Seminar in Tanzania the past two summers, the program is long over. Yet several of the students were so inspired by the experience, they’re still engaged with the program. They’re working to bring a safari guide they met during the program to campus this spring for the Conference on World Affairs.
The University of Colorado Boulder’s International English Center, or IEC, which provides English as a Second Language courses to international students, is experiencing record enrollment and more than 50 students have applied for admission to CU-Boulder undergraduate and graduate programs for spring 2013.
At age 34, Andrew Wolff is making previously unreachable dreams become reality for hundreds of at risk Cambodian children.
This might seem a stretch for a former businessman who began his second career as a teacher after earning his MA in English as a second language and multicultural education at CU-Boulder in 2006. However, after teaching for a year at an area charter school, Wolff felt constrained by the educational system. Always the adventurer, he bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand, hoping to volunteer as a teacher somewhere in Southeast Asia.