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International Partnership to Host Workshops to Prevent Human Trafficking in Liberia

September 8, 2021
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Wellesley, Mass. | 09/09/2021 — Together with academic, NGO, and private sector partners, the Wellesley Centers for Women will hold two workshops to address the problem of human trafficking in Liberia.

Human trafficking in Liberia has long been a pernicious form of violence affecting women and children, especially those most economically vulnerable. It has been flagged as a critical issue by the United Nations, and has put a damper on business development and private sector investment in Liberia. In the U.S. Department of State’s 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report, Liberia’s status declined from its ranking the previous year, raising concerns. The government of Liberia has taken recent strides to address trafficking by forming an interagency commission, and WCW will bolster those efforts with these workshops funded by the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.

“It takes a village to end trafficking, and it all begins with educating diverse stakeholders about the scale of the problem and how they can make a difference,” said WCW Executive Director Layli Maparyan, Ph.D. “With everyone working together—academia, the NGO sector, the private sector, government, and community-based organizations—we can turn the tide in Liberia.”

In concert with its partners in the United States and Liberia, WCW will provide a valuable educational resource to students, professionals, and those who work in the markets in Liberia who have the power to deepen their awareness and take concrete actions that address trafficking. Both workshops will be designed, developed, and delivered by WCW and the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL)—a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, that is dedicated to coordinating diverse academic efforts between Liberia and the global community. 

Partners on the project include the University of Liberia and its new Gender Studies Program; the Sustainable Market Women’s Fund, a nonprofit organization in Liberia that focuses on improving the livelihoods of women who work in markets; as well as Brussels Airlines, the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), and the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA). All are committed to reducing gender-based violence in Liberia.

“On behalf of the UCL Board, we are excited to collaborate with WCW and the leadership of Dr. Layli Maparyan, who is also a founding partner of the UCL,” stated Hon. Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Founder and President of the UCL. “Through our Sister Airport Agreement between ATL and LAA, this initiative fits strategically into the objectives of the Agreement to strengthen our airport relationships. I could not think of a better opportunity to get this important work done for the betterment of the Liberian community.”

The first two-day workshop, held virtually in early November 2021, will focus on human trafficking in the travel and transportation sectors. The goal will be to make it possible for workers at all levels and everyday travelers to recognize the signs of trafficking, know how to respond and report, and understand how everyone can help end trafficking. 

The second two-day workshop, slated for mid-spring 2022 in Liberia, will focus on human trafficking affecting women who work in the markets and their families. A component of this workshop will be the development of a community-based service-learning project on gender-based violence, which will link University of Liberia students and faculty with market women. Because trafficking occurs in a complex social and cultural context and cannot be sustainably redressed in isolation, this project will help identify key factors and potential sites of intervention on which future anti-trafficking efforts can be built in local communities, aided by UCL partnerships.

About the Wellesley Centers for Women

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic research and action institute in the United States that is focused on women and gender and driven by social change. WCW is located at Wellesley College. Research scientists and project directors at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence. 

About the University Consortium for Liberia

The University Consortium for Liberia (UCL), a 501(c)3 organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, is dedicated to coordinating diverse academic efforts between Liberia and the global community. Since 2009, UCL has collaborated with students, university faculty, and other academic professionals to increase learning in Liberia and the United States.  UCL facilitates exchanges between Liberia and the U.S. that consist of faculty leading and engaging in service learning, partners participating in research and workshops, and academic institutions providing scholarships. UCL’s members engage in collaboration on projects and initiatives, joint fundraising and grant writing, sharing ideas with the general public, assessments of Liberia’s rebuilding progress.  UCL currently has 19 member institutions, including 14 U.S. colleges and universities (6 HBCUs), 4 Liberian colleges and institutions, and one INGO. 

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April 14, 2021
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Save the date! On Monday, April 19th at 11:00 AM ET, Clark Atlanta University, the University of Liberia and the Liberian Consulate in the State of Georgia, in a spirit of mutual trust and collaboration, will host a virtual signing ceremony marking the continuation of a unique partnership between both universities.

Please save the date, so that you can witness this historic event.

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A special thanks to our event sponsors for helping make this event possible.   MOU-Sponsors

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Connect Liberia: Winning In Education During COVID-19 [WEBINAR]

December 16, 2020
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In collaboration with the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) and the Liberian Consulate in Georgia, that we are hosting the second CONNECT LIBERIA Africa Webinar Series “Winning in Education During COVID-19”, Liberia’s e-Learning Transformation and Liberian Student Success Stories Panel Discussions, on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 11:00 AM (EST) & 4:00 PM (Monrovia).  

The Host for the event is Honorable Cynthia L. Blandford, President and Board Chair, University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) and Honorary Consul Republic of Liberia, Georgia. Moderators include Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier, President Emeritus, Savannah State University and UCL Board Member along with Dr. Saki  T. Golafale, Assistant Professor Chemistry, Kennesaw State University and UCL Board Member and Scholar.   

The goal of this CONNECT LIBERIA Africa Webinar is to identify new and innovative ways to collaborate and identify how the UCL and the broader community can help buttress Liberia’s efforts for enhanced and improved teaching and learning in the current and post-COVID-19 environment through e-Learning and other technology transfer strategies. 

The High-Panel e-Learning guests include:

  • Reverend Dr. Julius S. Nelson, Jr., President, University of Liberia
  • Dr. George T. French, Jr., President, Clark Atlanta University
  • Dr. Susan Ogletree, Director, Center for Evaluation and Research Services, Georgia State University
  • Dr. Michael L. Best, Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech
  • Dr. Layli Maparyan, Executive Director, Wellesley Center for Women
In addition, H.E. Professor Ansu D.  Sonii, Sr., Minister of Education, Republic of Liberia has been invited to deliver the Keynote Address on e-Learning in Liberia. H.E. George S.W. Patten, Sr., Liberia’s Ambassador to USA, Embassy Republic of Liberia, Washington, D.C., will bring Special Remarks. UCL Scholars from the various educational institutions will also join us for a UCL Student Success Panel to discuss their success stories, their journey and to find out “Where Are They Now!”
Please join us for this informative session!
DATE: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
TIME: 11:00 AM (EST) & 4:00 PM (Monrovia)
COST: Free with registration
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Cuttington University Meet and Greet with UCL

February 15, 2020
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In January 2020, University Consortium for Liberia (UCL)  President & CEO, Cynthia Blandford visited Cuttington University and met with President Dr. Herman Browne, Dr. Charles Ford, Jr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Ms. Precious M. Marshall-Feury, Associate Vice President. This meeting was to discuss a new educational partnership between the UCL in Atlanta, Georgia  and Cuttington University to provide Faculty and Student Exchange, Study Abroad and Experiential Learning.

Cuttington University is the newest member of the UCL making 18 Institutional Partners. Honorary Consul Blandford serves as President and Board Chair of the UCL.

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UCL Application Coming Soon

February 3, 2020
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The University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) will be announcing the opening of submissions for the 2020 UCL Higher Education Academic Scholarship soon. Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have delayed the launch of the scholarship application window but will be announcing the date soon.

The UCL Scholarship program is open to Liberian students and/or students of Liberian descent pursuing a post-secondary education at a U.S. College or University.

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