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.Read More
Tuskegee also presented an architect curriculum for consideration to UL entitled “The Education of the Liberian Architect”, which will be reviewed for opportunities moving forward.Read More
During this time, they have trained 150 specialized nurses and physician assistants and 300 other mental health professionals, such as community mental health workers, assisting the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in establishing and implementing its National Mental Health Policy and creating anti-stigma campaigns nationwide to improve public understanding of mental illnesses.
Under the leadership of Dr. Tom Borneman at the Carter Center, Tom Crick and Dr. Janice Cooper and her staff in Liberia, the mental health program is making a significant impact on the country. Tom Crick, Associate Director at the Carter Center provides leadership to the Access for Justice Program and other initiatives. Many thanks to the Carter Center and Tom Crick for providing support of the Tri-Nation Ebola Fundraising event held at the Carter Center earlier in the year.Read More
Eveadean M. Myers, J.D., Vice President Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach at North Dakota State University (NKS) signed MOUs with Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Bong Community Colleges, African Bible College University and United Methodist University in Monrovia.
North Dakota State University joins the UCL as a member institution with a focus on agriculture and are exploring a partnership with the University of Liberia.
Myers said “the intent of the agreement is to build academic capacities of Liberian students, faculty, colleges and universities.”Read More
Under the leadership of Dr. Gwen Benson, the Georgia State University (GSU) College of Education in partnership with a Global NGO in Monrovia, Liberia proposed to launch an All Children Reading site at two schools in Liberia, West Africa, one a co-educational K-12 private school and the other a K-12 private institution for girls. Both schools include a representative cross-section of indigenous groups in Liberia.
The proposed All Children Reading project, Promoting Early Achievement in Reading for Liberia (Project PEARL), will provide cutting edge reading strategies through technology-based innovation in the form of interactive learning video presentations (DVDs) alongside companion education kits (training materials and workbooks) that are grounded in current best practices for early reading instruction as well as designed to keep students highly engaged and excited about reading.Read More
Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Developing Nations at Emory University, hosted Dr. Emmet Dennis, President of the University of Liberia at her home to re-establish ties with UL. In addition to the UCL President Cynthia Blandford, President Dr. Jabari Simama of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Georgia Tech’s Michael Best, Clark Atlanta University’s Dr. Carlton Brown, and others were present to welcome the President to Atlanta.
Thanks also to the leadership of Courtenay Dusenbury, MPH, Director and Secretariat at Emory University International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), due to the Ebola Crisis, Emory’s International Association of National Public Health Institutes MOU with the Minister of Health will be realigned with the current needs of the country.
Emory University, under the leadership of Dr. David Nugent, Director, Master’s in Development Practice Program, and the Masters in Development Practice students have agreed to provide the Cox Ballroom at Emory University for the UCL Fundraising Event to be held September 26, 2015. Emory students are also preparing Post-Ebola Concept Notes to include Orphans, Sustainable Agriculture, and Entrepreneurship Center, and Water & Sanitation and will present their papers before the end of May on the campus of Emory University.
Emory University also invited Fatu Kakula, Liberian shero who helped to save the lives of her family members who had contracted Ebola, to study nursing at Emory University for one-year.Read More