Since September 2009, I’ve been working with over 30 other U-M students from schools and departments as diverse as engineering, public health, philosophy, economics, social work, medicine and nursing to create the campus-wide Student Handbook for Global Engagement as part of our work as Student Associates of the Center for Global Health. After a year of meetings and revisions, we published the first edition in August 2010, using a Creative Commons license instead of copyrighting the Handbook. We published using the Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License, meaning that others may edit the work and use it as long as they attribute the appropriate sections to us, that they don’t make money on the resulting work (just like us), and that they share their work using the same Creative Commons license as we did.
Since we finished the Handbook, we’ve been trying to distribute it across the nation and globe for others to use. We’ve presented at multiple conferences, and will continue to do so. Eventually, we hope that this Handbook could be part of the basic training students will have to complete before departing for global work. We’re currently working with University of Michigan offices, such as the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies and the Open.Michigan office, to get the Handbook distributed across U-M campus.
The Handbook has been recognized both at the U-M Center for Global Health’s Student Global Health Day and at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, and was first presented at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Meeting in Seattle in September 2010. Please consider downloading a copy and distributing it at your university or institution!