UCL and our institutional partners hosted 7 student leaders from the University of Liberia. The two week-long program took place from October 28th to November 11th at the request of University of Liberia President Dr. Emmet Dennis. During the trip, Liberian students were able to visit several local campuses to network with other student governments and engage in special lectures. The students even got the chance to tour Atlanta and some of the city’s main attractions.
A special thanks to our partners Savannah State University, Georgia Gwinnett College, The Carter Center, Emory University, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Tech, and Tuskegee University for hosting experiential learning programs and activities for the Liberian student government leaders.
Also thanks to our partners at the Georgia Aquarium and the Center for Civil and Human Rights for providing admission tickets for the group. Lastly, UCL would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Liberian Consulate in Georgia, UCL Board Member Dr. Judith Little, and other community members who hosted the students.
University of Liberia Student Government President, Daniel Woart shares his experience below.
The trip was a very significant contribution to our undergraduate student life. The experiences were magnificent and extra to the extent that it did engender new horizon of thoughts in our academic sojourn. The exposure gain from the tour ranging from leadership capacity building, making new friends to the exposure of the other side of student life at University was amazing. We were thrilled by the extremity of advancement in the academic infrastructure of those Universities we visited especially Emory and Georgia Tech Universities. On the other hand the trip re-orientated our values mentality as leaders in terms of our obligations to society. Thanks to the UCL family and all the Universities we toured. Their receptions were overwhelmingly beyond touch. We will always remember the tireless efforts of Madam Blandford in ensuing we were good at all times.
The site seeing in the city of Atlanta, the visit at the Center for Civil and Human rights and the tour at the Georgia Aquarium were impressive and heart touching. Don’t lecture me about the (Durffin) show anymore, I saw it myself. Right now I am working on plans in establishing a small program that will strive transmitting those experiences to my fellow students back at the University of Liberia.
It is our intent to foster recommendations that will engender renewed happiness among our student population. From the network built while on the tour, we are planning to enroll at some of the Universities we visited for graduate studies. On the overall, the trip was fantastic.