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ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS | IMI

Emily Pulley & Annette Whatley

SESSION

Illustrating Social Justice: Creative Activism through the Arts

Presenter(s): Emily Pulley & Annette Whatley, Program Coordinators, International Student & Scholar Services, International Office, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: During this session, presenters will discuss a case study of the 2013 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) funded by the U.S. Department of State. While exploring the program themes of leadership, law and social justice, students worked with a local muralist to create a culminating expression of their learning experience and reflections of raised self-awareness. This case study will illustrate how visual arts were used to engage students around community activism on a deeper level. The presentation will include photos, videos, and a 2x4 foot replica of the mural completed by the cohort. Audience members will engage in an interactive group activity that parallels the students’ process for initial brainstorming and design of a collaborative mural concept.

Level: Any

Delivery:
Skills Workshop

Track
: International Education, Training, and Exchanges

EMILY PULLEY

Program Coordinator, International Student & Scholar Services, International Office, The University of Texas at Austin

Emily Pulley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Policy Studies, International Relations & Spanish from Syracuse University and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin with a special focus in community administration and leadership. Emily has worked for the UT International Office since 2010, beginning as a graduate assistant, supporting the design and implementation of intercultural programming for international students enrolled in the SABIC and BAPCO Foundation Programs. As a program coordinator since November 2012, she supports the development of the Longhorn DREAMers Project, the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, the Summer Engineering Development Program and other intercultural initiatives through the office. Emily has traveled, studied and volunteered in Central and South America including Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.

ANNETTE WHATLEY

Program Coordinator, International Student & Scholar Services, International Office, The University of Texas at Austin

Annette Whatley graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and English. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria where she became interested in the field of international education. After graduating, she moved abroad where she gained international work experience in London, England and Dublin, Ireland. Ms. Whatley serves a Program Coordinator working on special programs. She has recently co-managed the coordination of the Fulbright Pakistan Workshop (2011, 2012, 2013), Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (2013), Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Institute (2012), Fulbright Africa Re-Entry Seminar (2012), Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Pre-Departure Orientation (2012), and the Fulbright Brazilian English Teachers USA (BETUSA) Institute 2013. In addition, she oversees the implementation of intercultural programming for international students and scholars at the university.