Savannah State University Talks Social Work During Liberian Study Abroad Trip

August 29, 2016
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Savannah State Team at University of Liberia, Fendall Campus

As campuses across the state of Georgia open and students return to school, a group of 12 Savannah State University students and 2 Savannah State University professors will have exciting stories to share from their Summer study abroad in Liberia.

Associate professor and interim chair of the social work department Dr. Roenia DeLoach and assistant professor of social work Dr. Adrien Anderson led the students on the trip in mid-July. While in Liberia, UCL president and Liberia’s Honorary Consul General in Georgia, Cynthia Blandford hosted the group with University of Liberia president Dr. Emmet Dennis. The group also met with US ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder.

Over the course of the week-long trip, the Savannah State team discussed establishing a social work program with the University of Liberia and the African Methodist Episcopal University. The group also explored post-Ebola recovery strategies for orphans, other areas of partnership and follow-ups on books donated by Savannah State University.

This group is a shining example of the experiences that UCL facilitates and the benefits of academic partnerships. View photos of the Savannah State team at the University of Liberia below.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama takes ‘Let Girls Learn’ to Liberia with her Mother and Daughters

June 20, 2016
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First Lady and family

On Wednesday June 15 , the White House announced that First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother  Mrs. Marian Robinson and her teenage daughters Malia and Sasha will visit Liberia at the end of this month. The trip comes as a part of the First Lady’s “Let Girls Learn” global initiative.

In Liberia, the First Lady will visit a Peace Corps Training Facility in Kakata, where she will meet with girls and young women participating in a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp.  Her visit will highlight both the Peace Corps’ work to help girls in under served communities build self-confidence, communication, and other leadership skills and new programming from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving access to quality education and life skills for adolescent girls across Liberia.

Also in Liberia, the First Lady will visit a school in Unification Town for a discussion with adolescent girls who have faced serious obstacles in attaining an education.  This discussion will be moderated by actress Freida Pinto, an advocate for girls’ education. The conversation will highlight both the educational barriers girls face as Liberia moves beyond the Ebola epidemic, and the U.S. Government’s efforts to continue to address those barriers and provide adolescent girls with equitable access to safe and quality education.  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will join Mrs. Obama during her visit.  The First Lady’s events in Liberia will take place on June 27, the White House said.

The First Lady and her family also plan on visiting Morocco and Spain during the global initiative tour.

At the same time, the University Consortium for Liberia’s (UCL) CFO Saki Golafale will be in Liberia promoting UCL’s collaborative learning initiative and chemistry discussions. Read more about his trip on Global Atlanta’s webpage.

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‘Global Atlanta’ Features Our CFO-Saki Golafale

June 20, 2016
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On Friday June 17, Global Atlanta featured an article about UCL Chief Financial Officer and PhD candidate Saki Golafale. Right now, Saki is in Liberia campaigning for the UCL and giving back to Liberian chemistry students with his ChemTalk lecture. As a former UCL student, after he receives his PhD in chemistry from Clark Atlanta University, Saki must return to Liberia and teach for two years.

The article states:

When Saki T. Golafale had the chance to address an education and business conference four years ago at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia, he took full advantage to decry the lack of laboratories, equipment and textbooks at his alma mater blocking his efforts to further his chemistry studies.

Liberia was still getting over decades of civil wars that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Liberians, and the ebola crisis still hadn’t taken hold.

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to continue reading about how Saki became involved with the UCL and to learn more about his trip to Liberia.

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NFL Player Mohamed Massaquoi supports The Inaugural United For Liberia Gala is this Saturday at Emory University!

September 23, 2015
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NFL Player Mohamed Massaquoi supports The Inaugural United For Liberia Gala is this Saturday at Emory University!

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Consul General Pens Op-ed in The Atlanta Journal Constitution

July 20, 2015
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Ga. schools reach out to Liberia

Updated: 5:39 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015  |  Posted: 3:11 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Education will continue to be a key priority of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s post-Ebola recovery strategy. The University Consortium for Liberia initiative was launched in June 2009, by the Honorary Consul General Liberian Consulate in Atlanta supported by the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

In late 2014, the consortium was approved as a non-profit organization that will work with government and our partners to provide scholarships and support for students to study abroad. It also will participate in service learning and student exchange programs. That includes opportunities for research and faculty development and collaboration between international colleges and universities.

Twenty-one colleges and universities are partners in the consortium. Our vision is to help provide brighter futures through education and understanding.

The consortium is excited to announce that our partners have been very supportive in the rebuilding of Liberia over the past few years. Recently, the Georgia Institute of Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LibTelCo and the Ministry of TelePost and Communications to provide a Center of Excellence in Communications in Liberia, as well as training, capacity building and support.

It is anticipated an ICT Conference will be held in Monrovia this December. Alabama State University signed a memorandum a few weeks ago to provide service training, study abroad and exchange programs for its students to study at the University of Liberia and for consortium students to study at ASU.

Savannah State and Clark Atlanta universities have offered academic scholarships in chemistry and social work to three Liberian students. Tuskegee University sent students to A.M.E. University in Liberia last year for a study abroad program. The Carter Presidential Center provides mental health training and Ebola-related programs, and Emory University has also been supportive through Ebola awareness and engagement.

Moreover, I was pleased when our partner, Georgia Gwinnett College, invited the Liberian ambassador to the United States, H.E. Jeremiah Sulunteh, to be this year’s commencement speaker. In collaboration with the University of Liberia and the Ministry of Agriculture, the University of Georgia is exploring a model poultry production program in Liberia with a focus on women’s empowerment and a 4-H Youth program.

Kennesaw State University is focused on culinary and hospitality careers, to name a few. Morehouse College is exploring a Leadership Academy at UL, and Morehouse School of Medicine is considering a collaborative health initiative with the Ministry of Education and Health.

In recent years, Liberia has compiled a proud list of accomplishments that include President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – the first elected female head of state in Africa and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. With more than 10 years of peace, an educated workforce will become more important than ever before. And because of this priority, this fall 2015, Liberia will join the consortium in Georgia to celebrate and advance education in grand fashion.

We are pleased to invite our partners, stakeholders and friends to join us Sept. 26 on the campus of Emory University for our inaugural fundraising event. We will also be honoring outstanding educational institutions and businesses that have given service to Liberia this past year.

With the support of the consortium honorary chair, Savannah State University President Cheryl Dozier for the next two years, we are excited about her leadership and look forward to great things to come. Dozier and her faculty met with President Sirleaf in Monrovia to discuss their homeland security and marine sciences interests with the University of Liberia and the government of Liberia.

This spectacular gala experience will boast traditional cultures, delicious culinary displays and fashion spectacles. The mission and focus of the consortium will lead to the development of an educated and trained workforce that is vital to the continued strides the country has made.

For more information regarding this event, please call 404-565-1154or e-mail Also, visit our website at for further details.

Cynthia L. Blandford is president, CEO and board chair of the University Consortium for Liberia.


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