African Initiatives is a project born out of an effort to establish a strong regional emphasis for Korbel students interested in African issues. Director Peter Van Arsdale, in conjunction with Korbel's Students for Africa, created a dynamic infrastructure that connects students to organizations, in Denver and points beyond, that are performing important work that will bolster Africa's positive growth.
The idea is that the relationships between African Initiatives and its partner organizations are permanent and ever-evolving as they develop and present unique and substantive opportunities for students to mesh their studies with community work. Internships, volunteer opportunities, and research projects are presented through the African Initiatives website, Korbel's Office of Career and Professional Development, a physical display, listserv outlets, and the African Initiatives Facebook page creating an integrated system to raise the profile of our partner organizations within the Korbel network and satisfy the student need for easy access to humanitarian work.
In addition, African Initiatives is committed to working with Students for Africa and other Korbel outreach centers to produce networking and presentation events to enrich connections among students and the leaders of organizations.