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Ethics of Hope Symposium

When: June 8 & 9, 2017

Where: Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Hosted by: The University of Minnesota Health Careers Center & Learning Abroad Center

The "Ethics of Help" symposium will explore the ethical complexities of volunteering in health care settings at home and abroad. From high school students to licensed health professionals, more and more people are engaging in philanthropic health care among vulnerable populations, usually in settings unfamiliar to them. They are well-intentioned individuals who give their time in hopes of making a difference to others, and possibly to explore or test their skills in new settings.

This symposium will bring together the champions and challengers of voluntourism in health care settings at home and abroad, opening up space for a challenging conversation: what inadvertent harms can occur even when one volunteers with the best of intentions? What can we as individuals, as members and leaders of organizations, institutions, and professional associations, do to understand better the inadvertent risks in volunteering in health care settings, and what strategies can we use to maximize the benefits for patients, communities, volunteers, and institutions everywhere?

Day 1 will be a focus on "Exploring & Defining the Challenges - How did we get here?" Day 2 will then turn to "Identifying & Framing the Action Steps - Where are we going and how to do get there?"

Registration Rates:
Two Day Symposium: $325.00
One Day Symposium: $275.00

Note:  Each attendee or guest must register separately.

Attendee registration includes scheduled events for the day(s) registered.


Symposium on the Ethics of Help - Two Day Registration


Please click here for Proposed Schedule and Speaker Bios


A block of rooms is available at the hotel where the Symposium is taking place,
the Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 .
To make hotel reservations, you can call 800-822-6757 or 612-379-8888 and ask for the “Ethics of Help Symposium”
or reserve online here .
Additional Lodging Nearby:
Days Inn University Ave SE
2407 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis University
2812 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
(Near UMN West Bank campus)
1500 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454


Health Careers Center

GASP - The Working Group on Global Activities by Students at Pre-Health Levels

UMN Learning Abroad Center


The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) is a Unit of the Academic Health Center (AHC) established to advance global health research and education. Our mission is to focus and strengthen the impact of the U of M’s global land grant mission with regard to health issues at the interface of humans, animals and ecosystems. We accomplish this by facilitating trans-disciplinary partnerships and collaborations across the U of M and worldwide.

DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959, with locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm. DIS provides pre-health and other semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English, and offers high-impact learning experiences for upper-division undergraduate students from distinguished North American colleges and universities. The intellectually challenging curriculum is broad, cutting edge, and enriched by experiential learning components, including faculty-led study tours across Europe. It provides students with opportunities for meaningful cultural engagement and personal growth, which is further enriched through housing and extracurricular offerings.

The Office for Public Engagement (OPE) works with academic programs and engagement units on all five campuses to build capacity to produce high quality public engagement programs and initiatives. OPE also connects the public engagement agenda to the work of the University's various administrative units including faculty affairs, undergraduate education, graduate education, student affairs, equity and diversity, international programs, extension, and others.

SIT Study Abroad offers more than 70 semester and summer programs for undergraduate students in Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, as well as comparative programs in multiple countries.

We take students beyond the boundaries of a traditional classroom to analyze the critical global issues shaping local communities and the world. The hallmarks of our programs are experiential learning, intensive cultural immersion, meaningful community engagement, and field-based Research.

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is creating future global health leaders and advocates through experiences that inspire trainees to better understand poverty, complex health determinants, global burden of disease, and their role as professionals and global citizens. CFHI provides community-based Global Health Education Programs for students and institutions. Our unique model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities, transforming perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health Careers Center at 612-624-6767 or email us at Laura Fyfe (laurafyfe@umn.edu).


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