Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
My name is Jordan Pescrillo and I am a Global Studies major with a focus in Africa and Asia and a minor in education. I am from Buffalo, New York. My honors thesis research took place in Central, Southern and Western Nepal during the winter of 2011-2012. I worked alongside SLU students and alumni, Rebekah Green ’11, James Racette ’12, Kelly Prime ’12, Brijlal Chaudhari ’10 and Tsewang Lama ’10 to conduct comparative qualitative research on grassroots education and non-government organizations in Nepal. I was focusing on issues of structure, agency, and identity in Nepal and comparing these issues to my experiences in Uganda during the SLU Kenya Semester Program (KSP). Whilst in Nepal, I conducted many interviews with rural and urban communities about NGOs and issue of education. I attempted to interview a multitude of perspectives on education. I revisited many places like Kathmandu, Birgunj, Nichuta, Lumbini and Pokhara, I traveled to in 2009 with Literacy for Nepal in order to reconnect and gain deeper perspectives on education and its challenges. My main goal with my research is to share ways in which the St. Lawrence community can better their involvement with NGOs as well as understand the modern phases of development.