It is with deep sorrow that we share this news with you.
Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the suspension of most of HECUA’s international programs and significantly reduced enrollment in its domestic programs. As a result, HECUA simply does not have the operating capital to continue. After over 50 years of educating social justice changemakers, HECUA is ceasing operations.
We had hoped to run a limited number of programs for spring 2022, including the Ecuador J-Term, Northern Ireland semester program, and one domestic program. However, the wide-spread and rapid surge of the Omicron variant has created conditions that are untenable for ensuring the health and safety of students and the viability of our financial and operational support for program staff.
This is devastating and heart wrenching news to us all: to our students; alumni; consortium members; community partners and internship supervisors; campus allies; donors; staff and board members (current and past); and all who have been touched by or supported the provocative liberatory pedagogy and ever-so-needed mission and vision of HECUA. HECUA would not have existed nor made such an impact without each of you – and these incredible relationships in support of students and the mission.
The Board of Directors is discussing specific next steps, including exploring rehoming programs within other higher ed institutions and organizations.
HECUA’s legacy will live on through the thousands of alumni who are leading and fostering justice and peace building efforts around the world.
During the past two weeks, members of the Board and the Interim Executive Director have been reaching out to as many individual stakeholders as possible ahead of this devastating news. We know we have not reached everyone. If you have further questions or would like to talk, you can reach out to any member of the board executive committee:
- Kate Bjork, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laurel Hirt, email@example.com
- Dave Schuettler, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sinda Nichols, email@example.com
- Jabri Whirl, firstname.lastname@example.org