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Project title WISE- Wilderness Integration Sustainability Education
Project type(s) School Service
Date completed 05/2006
Chapter University of Arizona COM
Project Coordinator Sarah Libecap and Joshua Holexa
Summary of project The 2006 WISE retreat provided students with an opportunity to participate in a dialogue created and run by students concerning issues that are not often addressed in our regular curriculum. The topics were directed towards student’s interest in the outdoors, medicine’s capacity to profoundly affect the environment, and the environment’s role in community and public health. This retreat also allowed students the time and forum for introspection on the medical field’s impact on personal well-being. The overarching goal of this retreat was to stimulate thoughtful discussion that may lead to a greater awareness of the issues and perhaps translate into real solutions, as we hope to become more socially responsible citizens and physicians.

Content area Environmental Health
Number of participants 17
Participant hours involved 24 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 1000.00
Project funding Medical school funds,Other grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Email, posters, announcements, invitations.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions This was the second annual WISE retreat held in Cochise Stronghold in southern Arizona. A brief itinerary: W I S E 2006 East Cochise Stronghold


•2:00-6:00 Arrival to Eastern Cochise Stronghold Camp Site •6:00-8:00 Dinner oCOOKING

Comments Asking participants to run a group discussion on a topic of their interst allowed for thoughtful dialogue. Encouraging topics that are particular to the local area was helpful and eye-opening. Ex: Border Health Issue