Sumak Kawsay: Well-Being, “Race,” and Gender in Ecuador, with Michelle Habell-Pallán, Ph.D. and Jaime Cardenas, Jr., Ph.D.

Honors Program in Ecuador
Honors Program in Ecuador (Photo courtesy of Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial)

GWSS Associate Professor, Michelle Habell-Pallán, Ph.D. and Jaime Cardenas Jr., Ph.D. are currently in Quito, Ecuador with students enrolled in the Sumak Kaway: Well-Being, "Race," and Gender through the UW University Honors Program.

Read more about this colaboration between the UW University Honors Program and the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial.

English Translation of article from Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial


For two weeks, the UTE will host 16 special guests from the University of Washington (UW). This group of students and teachers are part of the 'Sumak Kawsay: Well-Being, Race and Gender' Honor Program, an intercultural initiative between Ecuador and the United States that will be held at the UTE from July 24 to August 8.

"This program has as main objective to share with the students information about the historical and social context of the" Good Living ", focusing mainly on the policies implemented in terms of diversity and the progress made," explained Ana Patricia Lozada, Director of International Relations of The UTE.

The 14 visiting students belong to several undergraduate programs at the University of Washington and are accompanied by two teachers: Jaime Cárdenas and Michelle Habell-Pallán. As Lozada explains, they were selected for their high academic performance to study subjects on gender, ethnicity and Good Living in Ecuador, as part of their university credits.

During their stay in the UTE, American students will have the opportunity to interact with students and national teachers to learn more about the work of inclusion conducted by the University. For this they will hold working forums where ten UTE students, representatives of different ethnic groups (indigenous and Afro-descendants) or with physical disabilities, will share their experiences.
In addition they will make touristic tours in key areas of the country with the support of the Faculty of Hospitality and Services of the UTE. This pilot program was coordinated by the General Directorate of Students and the Directorate of International Relations, according to Cárdenas, professor in charge of UW "there is interest of the University of Washington to institutionalize this and other type of programs in Ecuador with the UTE."