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BSU Social Work Professor to Travel to Chile on Fulbright-Hayes Seminar

May 24, 2017

Vivian Shannon-Ramsey to Join Multi-Disciplinary Group from Diverse Institutions

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(BOWIE, Md.) A social work professor, with extensive experience and knowledge in international education, was selected for the 2017 Fulbright-Hayes Seminars Abroad Program to travel with a select group of faculty to study in Chile, South America, for four weeks this summer.

With the program sponsored by the US. Department of Education, adjunct professor Vivian Shannon-Ramsey will join a multi-disciplinary group from diverse institutions and develop curriculum that examines the country’s policy and political landscape, which they can initiate once they return to their home institutions.

“I’m hoping the experience will not only help me individually, but also help the institution build continued relationships and networks with the other administrators and faculty,” said Dr. Ramsey. “It’s a very diverse cohort, so when I saw that, I was excited because we can really give each other good information about what we do and how we can partner together.”

She also hopes that the program will enable the university to eventually be able to provide opportunities for students to travel to Chile, either through the Department of Social Work’s Global Learning Visits Program or through a new study abroad or student research initiative.

The Fulbright-Hayes program will allow Dr. Ramsey to attend seminars and visit agencies that will broaden her knowledge about the socio-economic, political and educational reforms in Chile that have shaped the national identity. During the program, she plans to gather information about Chilean life that she can bring back to the classroom for Bowie State students.

Because of her experiences abroad, Dr. Ramsey has introduced global engagement into her teaching. This trip is another opportunity for Dr. Ramsey gain experiences to expose her students to information that will expand their “global citizenship” perspective, even if they are never able to study abroad.


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