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Prioritize & Lead:
HBCU Symposium on Study Abroad
On Wednesday, September 20 th , 2017 the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University hosted “Prioritize & Lead: A Symposium on Study Abroad at HBCUs.” This one-day event was the largest gathering, known to record, of HBCU administrators focused on international education and study abroad and the impact that it could have on our institution type. Led by the Deputy Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center International Affairs Center, Tonija Hope Navas, our team worked to unite as many HBCU administrators as possible to discuss the importance of study abroad and institutional capacity building around international education.

Presidents from every HBCU were invited by Howard University President, Dr. Wayne Fredrick, to identify representatives at their institutions to participate in this discussion at Howard. Study Abroad providers IES Abroad, AIFS, CAPA and API all provided funds to support the travel of HBCU representatives to Washington, DC. More than 30 HBCUs were present on the day of the symposium, including faculty and staff working in such offices as career services, student affairs, Office of the Dean, and honors and scholars development. Those who attended submitted a survey during registration and the data collected helped to shape the organization of the event and the learning objectives.

The event began with a breakfast sponsored by the Howard University  Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Lumina Foundation and concluded with a resource fair and cocktail hour sponsored by CIEE . In between, there were three panel discussions and a “Think Tank Tour.”  The first panel, entitled “Education Abroad Programming Models” discussed the advantages and challenges of managing and utilizing direct partnerships with institutions abroad, faculty led trips, and third party program providers and representatives from Xavier University, Mr.Torian Lee, Prairie View A&M University, Ms. Eveadean Myers, and I representing Howard University, discussed our experiences working with each of these models. The second panel, “Study Abroad as a Student Success Strategy,” was a discussion led by Morgan State University’s Dr. Yacob Astatke, and Dr. Melanie Carter, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Howard University, focused on the impact and benefit of study abroad as a practice used to increase retention rates at schools. During the working lunch sponsored by CET Academic Programs , a student experience panel made up of a District of Columbia Public High School student, Ms. Betelhem Assefa, a Florida A&M Alum, 2016 Rangel Fellow, and current American University graduate student, Ms. Clarece Polke, a current Howard University and inaugural participant in the CIEE-UPENN MSI Fredrick Douglas Global Fellowship Program, Mr. Trey Hawkins, and an alumna of Oakwood University, Ms. Alana Henry, discussed their perspectives on the impact of study abroad through their experiences, or lack thereof.  

The breakout group exercise -the “Think-Tank Tour" - consisted of five groups, five facilitators, and five topics with prompts for discussion. The facilitators and their topics rotated to each group every 20 minutes. Notes were taken at each table and at the end a large group discussion was had at which time the major take-aways related to each topic- financing study abroad, building institutional buy-in, addressing fear and concerns of students and parents, developing international partnerships, communicating the value of study abroad- was shared openly.
To conclude the event, representatives from organizations and government agencies committed to study abroad were invited to engage with HBCU representatives and share resources. The goal of the resource fair, much like the entire event, was to make international education resources and opportunities more accessible to HBCU staff working to enhance their study abroad offices and institutional capacity. Organizations present included the U.S. Peace Corps, Department of State, NAFSA, IES Abroad, CAPA, AIFS, Spring Break in Haiti, API, Institute for Study Abroad- Butler University, the USAID Donald M. Payne Fellowship International Development Program, the Charles B. Rangel Fellowship Program, Diversity Abroad, the College Consortium for International Studies, and API. 

The feedback from the symposium has been overwhelmingly positive with participants commenting that a meeting like this was long overdue. An on-line presence will be created to facilitate the sharing of information among HBCUs and the group will work together to create mechanisms to strengthen study abroad at all of our institutions. A second meeting will be planned within a year or two.  

Written by Ms. MaRaina Montgomery,
Study Abroad Manager at Howard University

Over 151 students attended the fall semester Bison Abroad Fair and learned about the the 650+ opportunities to study abroad that Howard students can choose from for the semester, year and/or summer. Representatives from the Critical Language Scholarship Program,  Institute of International Education,   Fulbright, AIFS, CET Academic Programs Abroad, CIEE, DIS- Study Abroad in Scandinavia, IES Abroad, ISEP, and SIT were present. Representatives from  Howard University School of Business, Office of Student Affairs, Department of World Languages & Culture, ASB Howard Ghana, & HUSA also tabled at the event to promote their activities! 

On Sept. 6 th  the RBC, in collaboration with the Embassy of Brazil, hosted “Democracy Challenged: DC and Salvador, A Common Bond” as part of Brazil’s Independence Week Celebration. The academic seminar, moderated by Political Science Chair, Dr. Clarence Lusane, featured Dr. Kwame Dixon of HU, Dr. Narlan Teixeira, of GW, and Dr. Sabiyha Prince . The focus of their presentations was the shared heritage of Washington, DC and Salvador da Bahia, two cities rich with African heritage, but both lacking Black political representation in elected office for the majority of their existence. Provost Anthony Wutoh and Ambassador Sergio Silva deo Amaral provided greetings and called for increased collaboration between Howard University and Brazilian universities.
Howard in Colombia | CET Academic Programs

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We are excited to share the good news about our partnership with CET Academic Programs for an exchange program in Colombia that will launch in Fall of next year. The program will explore race, identity and ethnicity through the Afro-Colombian lens. Find out more by clicking the link above.
This 2-part event featured representatives from all of the Greek organizations, with the exception of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The event was part of a month dedicated to discussing Greeks abroad! The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta invited Ms. Montgomery to participate in a panel during the organization's week entitled: "Bracing for I.M.P.A.C.T: Imparting Methodologies to Promote Action and Cultivate Transformation"  to discuss the ethical service learning abroad. The RBC would like to congratulate all members of Divine Nine Organizations for displaying their shared commitment to developing global servant leaders!  
Ralph J. Bunche Center Lecture Series:
Russia 101

During this academic year the RBC Lecture Series: Russia 101, will feature speakers/presenters on Russia through the lens of various subjects and disciplines. We launched the series in September with Dr. Theresa Sabonis-Helf of the National War College discussing “Energy in Russia and its ‘Near Abroad.’” She engaged students and others on the intricacies of energy diplomacy in and surrounding Russia and its implications for the region. Also in September, we welcomed Mr. Terrell Starr, Senior Reporter for The Root and Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine. Mr. Starr offered a unique perspective on “Russian Supremacy” and discussed the ways in which, over the years, Russia has mastered the art of ethnic division to maintain power.
Past Presenters:
Dr. Teresa Sabonis- Helf
"Energy in Russia & Its 'Near Abroad'"
Terrell Starr
"Russian Supremacy"
Next in the Series....

Wednesday, October 11
Dr. Alisa Ballard, Assistant Professor Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University
"Humans vs. Machines, Theatricality vs. the Everyday: Theories of Theater as World in Modernist Russia."

Wednesday, November 15
Krista Goff, Kennan Center Title VIII Fellow, Assistant Professor, University of Miami
“Nested Nationalism: Slow Violence and Ethnic Conflict in the (post-) Soviet Caucasus.”
Are you considering study abroad, but would like to learn more from a HU Bison Abroad alumn? Click on the link below to be paired with a peer mentor. Have questions? Email studyabroad@howard.edu.
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SNU/HUCOP Exchange Program Summary
Imbi Drame, PharmD
The exchange between Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP) and Seoul National University (SNU) in South Korea began during the Summer of 2015, when the first two students from SNU visited Howard University for 5 weeks. The first two students from Howard University would travel to South Korea during the Summer of 2016, jumpstarting a true bi-directional exchange involving 2 students from SNU and 2 students from HUCOP with a 2-week overlap period in South Korea to assist with student acclamation. Since the inception of the program, HUCOP has welcomed 6 students from SNU, and SNU has welcomed 4 students from HUCOP!

The program was founded with a bold idea. One of Howard Universities esteemed former faculty, now a faculty member at Seoul National University and a pharmacoepidemiologist, Dr. Euni Lee, envisioned a program where students from both universities would experience the practice of pharmacy from the other’s perspective. Through collaboration with Howard faculty, Dr. Soon Yi Park and Dean Wutoh, the idea was realized. For the SNU students, it would become an opportunity to spend 5 weeks at a US College of Pharmacy and its affiliated clinical sites. They would focus on learning about clinical pharmacy and collaborative practice models for the purpose of optimizing patient care. For the HUCOP students, the objective would be to work closely with Dr. Lee to conduct research in an academic setting outside of the US. Both the HUCOP and the SNU students would have a wonderful and unique opportunity to experience a vastly different culture. They would be tasked with handling language differences and divergent cultural norms, all while remaining focused on achieving the academic objectives for their 5-week rotations!

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APSIA Online Graduate School Fair

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