A Break from Global Brigades

The executive board of the Macaulay Honors College’s (MHC) chapter of Global Brigades (GB) sent out an email to current and past members, informing them that Macaulay Global Brigades would cease all operations and cancel this summer’s upcoming brigades.

According to the email, GB met with Macaulay administration in February and was informed that Macaulay and CUNY Legal Counsel had numerous concerns with GB’s “operational procedures.”

Referencing a recent incident where three members of Columbia University’s chapter of GB died in a bus accident during their service trip to Honduras, CUNY cited “safety measures (especially in the aftermath of the Columbia University tragedy), questions about the organization’s finances, and ethical concerns about the medical procedures students participate in while abroad” as reasons for no longer supporting the program.