(Photo: Margarita Bianco in the Katanga slums, Kampala, Uganda with Rose, a friend and Katanga resident along with a group of children who live there.)
DENVER – Margarita Bianco, assistant professor, School of Education and Human Development, specializes in teacher education. That has been a natural path to working with various efforts to understand and improve teaching.
She has just returned from her second trip to Africa where she traveled with students participating in the Global Livingston Institute (GLI). Bianco serves as the education director for this organization formed just a little more than one year ago.
“In the past year, the GLI has continued to impact Colorado leaders and students by showing them firsthand what international poverty looks and feels like,” said GLI Founder Jamie Van Leeuwen, PhD. Leewuen is a senior advisor to Gov. John Hickenlooper and an alumnus from the CU Denver School of Public Affairs. “More than 100 participants have experienced life in Uganda and Rwanda and returned challenged by what they saw and how they lived.”
For Bianco, her efforts with GLI are an extension of her work with the Pathways to Teaching Project in partnership with Denver Public Schools. “Pathways is designed to encourage students of color to become teachers,” Bianco explained. Also see: www.Pathways2Teaching.com.
Just this past August, a GLI group including three Denver-area high school students traveled to Africa. They were accompanied by television journalist Tamara Banks who documented their efforts. A live program “Studio 12” showcasing video of the trip, in-studio guests and a call-in segment is scheduled to air this evening at 7 p.m. on local PBS (Public Broadcasting System) affiliate KBDI Channel 12. In studio guests will include Jamie Van Leeuwen and Greg McCoy.
A GLI event to learn more about this work is planned for Friday, Oct. 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Suites, A Marriott at Metro State on the Auraria Campus.