On Thursday February 7, 2013 Norfolk State University hosted the Study Abroad and Service Learning- Fair! This fair was in the New Student Center on the first floor. At the Study Abroad and Service Learning Fair there were many host programs broadcasted such as ISA, Diversity Abroad, and many more. There was also a representative from Passport Health, FBI, Virginia Wesleyan College, Old Dominion University and Virginia Common Wealth University. Mrs. Deborah A. Sanders, PhD Executive Director of Study Abroad to Africa had a great display of Service Learning Opportunities that are offered through her program to Africa! In which students were able to converse with her about her experiences abroad, other students, and different opportunities. One of the programs is the Polytechnic of Namibia, the premier University of Science and Technology in Windhoek, Namibia, located in Southern Africa!
How did the students respond to the Fair?
Dedra Brgess, and Sherese Stingfield both want to Study Abroad to Africa. Both were informed about studying abroad from a professor. But they believe that the fair was very informative, and allowed them to see that we really do have a study abroad program at Norfolk State University. These two ladies also think that the fair was a great idea to make students more alert of our program!
Lakeisha Harrison is a Nursing major sophomore at Norfolk State University. She wants to travel to Spain, and she is very inspired to learn a lot about the culture! Lakeisha was very excited about the opportunity to be able to come to the fair! She did not know that Norfolk State University had a study abroad program, so the fair was very informational to her! Intern Abreika Boone, was able to enjoy the fair as well. FBI personnel Suzanne Turnau, was able to inform Abreika with a lot of safety information, and on things that could be very disrespectful in India, and Japan! Abreika looks forward to Mrs. Turnau coming back to Norfolk State University in March with more information, for her upcoming trip to Japan.
In 2010-2011, Norfolk State students studied abroad in such places as Seville, Spain, Nice, France, and Rome, Italy and toured the world by ship with the Semester at Sea program. With students in China and Cuba for the summer, others will study in Rome, London and Namibia during fall 2011.
Dr. Mustapha El Qadery, historian, anthropologist, and Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Morocco, was on campus March 22 to discuss colonial and post-colonial issues in North Africa. Given the ongoing turmoil in that region, his observations were especially timely. Dr. Ben Vinson, III, Professor of Latin American History and former Director of the Center for Africana Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, discussed at NSU on April 6: “Blackness and Borders: African Americans and Afro-Mexican History” Dr. LaNitra Berger, international programs expert at George Mason University, will visit NSU in September to discuss internationalization and study programs in Turkey and elsewhere.
International Programs helped to host a delegation from Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) who attended Norfolk State’s Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War conference in September. International Programs joined the Norfolk Sister City Association in establishing a sister city relationship with the West African city of Tema, Ghana.
Also participating in seminars and the actual twinning on December 1 was the Ghanian ambassador to the United States. Norfolk State University is the first HBCU to establish a study program in Cuba under a U.S. Department of the Treasury license.
Our summer 2011 program is the beginning of an ongoing relationship with that nation. Along with the director of the Roberts Center for the African Diaspora, International Programs director and academic coordinator traveled to Salvador da Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in March-April to explore academic links with Brazilian institutions. A study abroad program in Salvador is tentatively scheduled for summer 2012.