ATLANTA (Aug. 29, 2017) – On Saturday Sept. 30, 2017, presidents from universities in Liberia will unite with presidents from universities in the U.S. to focus on global health and education. The University Consortium for Liberia(UCL) will host its Third Annual United for Liberia Fundraising Gala with Dr. Ophelia Weeks, University of Liberia (UL) president; Dr. Joseph Isaac, African Methodist Episcopal University president who also serves as president of The Association of Liberian Universities; Dr. Emmet Dennis, president emeritus, University of Liberia; Dr. Cheryl Dozier, Savannah State University president and other institutional partners at Morehouse School of Medicine.
“The UCL provides a wonderful opportunity for Liberian students to come to America to further their studies and for U.S. students and faculty to visit Liberiaon Study Abroad, Service Learning and Faculty Exchanges. The UCL and UL are great partners helping to bring brighter futures through education and understanding. The gala will help raise funds in support of these efforts,” Weeks said.
Over the years, UCL has sent students and faculty from Tuskegee University, Savanah State University, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Emory University and other U.S.-based institutions to Liberia for academic exchanges. The organization has also brought students from UL to the U.S. for integrated learning experiences.
During the gala, UCL will award five students studying in the U.S. with scholarships. The organization will also award community partners making a difference in Liberia’s health field. One of those community partners, Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Managing Director for the new Institute for Public Health Liberia will deliver the keynote address focused on this year’s gala theme. The theme, “Global Health” brings much needed attention to Liberia’s fragile healthcare sector and the roles education and research plays.
“We’ve decided to make this year’s theme about global health in Liberia. Liberiawas once known as the West African hub for medicine and research. While we focus on education, it’s time to revisit Liberia’s medical sector, and to help strengthen medical tourism in West Africa,” UCL president Ms. Cynthia Blandford said.
You are invited to join UCL, its institutional partners, donors and special guests at the 2017 United for Liberia Fundraising Gala. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the VIP cocktail starts at 5 p.m. by invitation only. Purchase tickets at www.unitedforliberia2017.
Liberian Consulate in Georgia