The Community-based Learning and Practice (CLAP) program is the product of an ongoing partnership between the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) and Global Studies at the University of Virginia. SEWA is a trade union that promotes the rights of 1.8 million self-employed women workers across India. The CLAP program is a three-week public health practicum run out of the SEWA office in Ahmedabad, Gujarat that promotes learning through exposure to grassroots public health work among SEWA's members, the informal women workers and their families. The approach is grounded in Gandhian values, interdisciplinary, and attentive to SEWA’s emerging needs.
This program will not run in 2021; information for future years will be published when available.
Students will visit communities in and around Ahmedabad, Gujarat for an in-depth understanding of SEWA's public health programs and its action on social determinants of health. We will take a holistic perspective and visit SEWA field areas for field-based learning combined with classroom discussion focused on related theory, methods, and comparative cases. During subsequent field visits, students will select and focus on one particular aspect of health, as it is experienced in the women’s everyday lives. This work will be guided by discussions with SEWA's grassroots team.
This 3-credit PHS course is open to students who have completed a minimum 3 semesters of undergraduate coursework prior to the start of the program. Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students in Public Health, Global Health, Nursing, Medicine, International Development, Social Work, Medical Anthropology and/or Interdisciplinary Studies programs are invited to apply. Prior coursework related to public health preferred.
Professor Rupa S. Valdez | email@example.com
Professor Valdez is an assistant professor in in Public Health Sciences & Engineering Systems and Environment. Her research focuses on understanding and supporting the ways in which people manage health at home and in the community.
Professor David Edmunds | firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Edmunds is the director of the Global Development Studies track. He is interested in environmental issues as they intersect with culture, social relations, politics, and community development.
Susan Thomas | email@example.com
Ms. Thomas has worked at SEWA for more than six years and is the national coordinator of SEWA’s public health programs. She has helped train students from a wide variety of European, North American, and Asian universities, and has trained professionals from across the Global South.
Accommodation and Meals
Students will stay in double occupancy rooms in a hotel in Ahmedabad, located across the street from SEWA’s offices.
Cost & Financial Aid
The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
Students traveling on a US passport and most non-US passport holders* will require a visa to participate in this program. The International Studies Office will provide guidance on applying for visas. Students traveling on other passports are responsible for verifying Indian visa regulations, and they should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program. All students should ensure their passport is current and will remain valid for at least six months past their date of return.
*IMPORTANT* Citizens of certain countries (or students with heritage connections to certain countries), including Pakistan and China, may face much longer processing time for visa applications. Students students should be aware of this factor when committing to the program.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.