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Thank you for your interest in the Emory Fall 2019 Directed Study with Grounds for Empowerment!

Below, you will find more information on the project, qualifications, key dates, and how to apply!

Applications will open Monday, July 29th. Interested students should apply on or before August 19th, 2019.

About Grounds for Empowerment
Grounds for Empowerment (GFE) is a specialty coffee program powered by Social Enterprise @ Goizueta focused on providing women specialty coffee farmers the market connections and business know-how needed to enable them to reach their full economic potential. GFE works with partner organizations on the ground in Latin America to identify cohorts of promising farmers that engage in practical learning sessions with the support of GFE’s mentor network of industry professionals.
About the Business Tools Workshop
These workshops support women specialty coffee farmers as they create a farm identity (through storytelling) while analyzing farm revenues and costs. Participating farmers leave this workshop with a stronger vision for the future of their farms, and with specific plans to achieve more prosperous and sustainable businesses.

Under the leadership of Professor Peter Roberts and the Grounds for Empowerment team, Emory students work with selected farmers prior to, during and after the workshop to implement our learning modules, and to facilitate the completion of post-workshop tasks and objectives.
Partner InstitutionAnacafé
The National Coffee Association in Guatemala (Anacafé) is our partner host in Guatemala.

Mandatory Course Meetings and Workshop Dates

  • Weekly Course Meetings: Fridays from 10 - 11:30AM in GBS W523

  • Workshop Dates (in Guatemala): Fall Break – October 11th to October 15th

Course Credit
Once accepted, students will complete a Directed Study application for their respective advisor/department heads. This course is worth 3 credits. The final assessment is based on attendance and participation in weekly course meetings, attendance and performance during the workshop in Guatemala, and the quality of the work performed on behalf of participating farmers.

The ideal student:

  • Is enrolled in any Emory University degree program, undergraduate or graduate

  • Has excellent oral and written communication skills; both English and Spanish

  • Has excellent quantitative and analytical skills, along with teamwork, respect for diversity, and accountability

  • Has experience in multicultural settings, working with community organizations, and/or experience related to coffee and/or economic development (desirable but not necessary)

  • Must be available to travel to Guatemala to attend the workshop from October 11th through 15th (over Fall Break)

Anticipated Costs

Participating students are responsible for purchasing their own round-trip airfare to Guatemala, arriving on October 11th and departing on October 15th. (Estimated cost of flights range from $400 to $600.) All other trip costs, including lodging, meals and ground transportation are covered fully by Social Enterprise @ Goizueta.

Application Prompts

Please note that you will be asked to answer the following three prompts (100 words maximum each):

  • Explain what women’s empowerment means to you

  • Describe one time when you facilitated or supported a cross-cultural exchange of information

  • Explain why you are interested in participating in the Fall 2019 Emory Directed Study: Grounds for Empowerment Business Tools Workshop

Virtual Info Session

GFE Program Associate Aelish Brown hosted a virtual information session on Friday, July 26th from 9:30 - 10:30 am EST.

In case you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch (jump to 2:10 for the start of the info session).

Applications will open Monday, July 29th. Interested students should apply on or before August 19th, 2019.

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