Grand View Faculty Participate in UCC's International Week

March 23, 2017


Denmark’s University College Copenhagen (UCC) has been a partner in student exchange with Grand View University. In order to expand partnerships to additional programs at Grand View, Cathy Beck-Cross (Social Work) and Brenda Carlson (Nursing) participated in UCC’s International Week, February 27, 28, and March 1. Both faculty members were also guest lecturers to UCC students. Cathy presented to students majoring in Social Education on the topic, “Bioecological Perspective: Using Interconnectedness to Enhance the Lives of User Groups.” Brenda co-taught in an anatomy class on “Nerves” to nursing students and provided a presentation to nursing faculty titled, “Grand View’s Caring Curriculum.”

Both Cathy and Brenda met with UCC faculty members and administrators of their respective programs to identify entry points for coursework and field placements between the two schools, and clarify the visa process for student exchange. Additional experiences included site visits to learn more about potential placements and study tour opportunities. Brenda visited Herlev Hospital (Herlev, Denmark) as a potential 2018 Study Tour site, a specially-designed hospital currently using robots to provide some services to patients. In addition, she worked with UCC-Copenhagen’s Environmental Council as a student service opportunity for the proposed Study Tour 2018.

Cathy met with the founder of Projekt Udenfor (“Project Outside”), which provides street outreach services to individuals who are homeless in Copenhagen. Projekt Udenfor is a potential service opportunity for the proposed 2018 Study Tour, as well as a site for extended volunteering for social work students wishing to complete a longer study abroad experience. Cathy also learned about Gadens Stemmer (“Street Voices”), which takes visitors on walking tours of Copenhagen to explain the lives of those marginalized by homelessness or drug addiction. Gadens Stemmer is also an opportunity for the proposed 2018 Study Tour.

In addition to lecturing and site visits, Cathy and Brenda participated in a Research and Development seminar, where they heard from UCC faculty on their areas of research. Topics included, “Uses and Misuses of Ethical Arguments in Structural Reform of Health Systems,” “Psychomotricity in Danish Elementary School Classes,” “An Ethnographic Exploration of the Encounter between Refugee Children, their Families, and Danish Day-Care Institutions,” and “Why are Teachers Leaving the Danish Public Primary and Lower Secondary School?”

Next steps include a delegation of UCC faculty and administrators to Grand View later this year to learn more about educational and field placement opportunities available for Danish students in the Des Moines area. Grand View students in Social Work and Nursing will also be provided with information about the opportunity for study abroad to Denmark, and Brenda and Cathy will provide other programs on campus with information about how to foster the study abroad experience