For many years, Nicaragua has been the focal point of Seattle University's outreach and efforts in Central America. The Universidad Centroamericana in Managua has been an excellent partner in developing a long-term partnership. Many SU students, faculty, and staff have had opportunities to visit Nicaragua on exchanges, immersion trips, and as part of SU sponsored programs.
In recent months, the political situation in Nicaragua has changed drastically. In late April, political demonstrations and protests escalated, resulting in injuries and deaths. By June 2, estimates are that 100 people have been killed since the political protests began. Amnesty International has accused the Nicaraguan government of colluding with mobs to quash peaceful protests. On May 4, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, to which Seattle University is a member, issued a statement condemning the violence and in support of the UCA.
Because of the danger associated with the political situation, all programs in Nicaragua are being re-evaluated in order to minimize harm to students, faculty, and staff. Participants should consult their supervisor or the Education Abroad Office for more information.
For continuing update on the situation in Nicaragua and how Seattle University continues to be involved, please visit the Seattle University Central American Initiative Facebook page, which is regularly updated with news about the region and information about how SU faculty, staff, and students can get involved.
Seattle University is committed to broadening our engagement with the global community through three strategic Global Initiatives.
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