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OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES AND STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

The Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad Programs (OISSAP) is pleased to present the first edition of the Morehouse College Education Abroad Publication. The mission of the OISSAP is to coordinate and administer programs and activities that foster supportive and positive learning environments to enhance global understanding for students. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, the tenth President of Morehouse College, defines the Morehouse Man as a Renaissance man with a social conscience. A Renaissance man is one who is a citizen of the world. He is acquainted with the great conversations in science and the humanities; acquainted with the languages and cultures of the world; at home in every culture; widely read and WIDELY TRAVELED; capable of adapting to every environment; and able to raise the level of class and sophistication of the company he keeps. They are well-read, well-balanced, well-dressed, well-spoken, and WELL-TRAVELED. The global initiatives referenced in this document, assist in meeting the specified goals of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is the comprehensive framework for implementing and assessing strategies designed to enhance the global competence of Morehouse students. The following goals are central to the plan: Goal I. Cultivate broad-based knowledge of global and international issues throughout the curriculum (general education and majors); co-curricular programs; and international programs. Goal II. Facilitate experiences that will enhance student understanding of the interdependence of other cultures and nations. Goal III. Promote the attitudes and values that will enable Morehouse students to lead in the nation and the world.

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OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES AND STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

Through relationships with domestic and international colleges and universities and education abroad program providers, Morehouse College offers over 200 study abroad programs for students to participate in on a yearlong, semester, or summer basis. In addition, several short-term international programs have been developed by the Morehouse faculty. The student and faculty feedback described in this publication on the varied international programs will hopefully provide you with useful information to determine your next destination. One of the recent initiations, the newly formed collaboration between Morehouse and the University of Virginia’s Institute for Shipboard Education (commonly referred to as Semester at Sea {SAS}). Morehouse collaborated with SAS to provide students with opportunities to sail aboard the MV Explorer during Morehouse’s winter break. Morehouse faculty provided on-ship instruction on courses related to human rights, race and public health. A service component, which is a requirement of the course, aimed to provide opportunities for students to broaden their experiences with the respective peoples and cultures. Based on the feedback from students and faculty, the inaugural voyage achieved its intended outcomes.

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THE W.E.B. DUBOIS INTERNATIONAL HOUSE “A Living and Learning Residential Center to Engage the Global Community”

The Morehouse College W.E.B. DuBois International House (I-House) opened in the fall semester of 2007 as a model unit for residential life. I-House takes an integrated approach to internationalizing undergraduate learning experiences by bringing together academic affairs, student services, and wellness services to consolidate students’ living and learning experiences, and to inform the College’s efforts with the international and intercultural competencies and expertise of faculty, staff, and students from across the campus. I-House is a freshman residence hall. All incoming international students are housed here. U.S. students are selected based on their expressed interests in global issues. I-House provides co-curricular experiences that accelerate students’ understanding of other cultures and nations. Programs are initiated and led by student resident advisors (RAs) with guidance from the resident director (RD) and the I-House Committee. The I-House Committee, co-chaired by two faculty members, consists of the RD, two students (one international and one U.S.), two administrative staff members from student affairs, and faculty representatives from each academic division. Major programs and activities Developing future leaders as Global Citizens The DuBois Dialogues provide an opportunity for students to develop global awareness and an ability to explain cultural differences through active participation in international scholarly exchanges. There are three dialog formats: symposia, lectures, and film/television series. A Taste of the World is an annual international food-tasting event sponsored by I-House for the entire campus community. This activity offers a “taste of indigenous foods from around the world.” It facilitates conversations and inspires demonstration projects on culture, language, economics, religion, and health.

GOALS

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THE W.E.B. DUBOIS INTERNATIONAL HOUSE “A Living and Learning Residential Center to Engage the Global Community”

GOLS OF THE INTERNATIONAL HOUE The goal for I-House is to become the center of global cultural enrichment activities on campus that touch all residential units. I-House will also be a model for all other residential units, generalizing an atmosphere that promotes mutual respect, leadership development, multicultural learning, and global awareness. Additionally, the I-House programs and activities will: o o o o o o

Provide a variety of cultural activities for learning about the United States and other cultures around the world Promote participation in Morehouse education and civic engagement abroad programs Provide international learning activities related to students’ fields of study Initiate and sustain collaborations between the student scholars of International House and organizations within the college community Facilitate educational exchanges between international students and U. S. students Develop and sustain relationships between the International House and College alumni and friends throughout the world.

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THE W.E.B. DUBOIS INTERNATIONAL HOUSE “A Living and Learning Residential Center to Engage the Global Community”

Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1: Students develop world perspective knowledge of the following that further informs academic programs at Morehouse: o International issues and events, historical and contemporary o World geography and environment o Diverse values, beliefs, ideas and worldviews Outcome 2: Students develop the following world perspective skills that enrich the academic programs: o Ability to write an abstract, prepare a poster, make an oral presentation o Ability to conduct international research in his field o Ability to explain his country/culture to others Outcome 3: Students develop the following world perspective attitudes that complement the academic programs at Morehouse: o Desire for an education and civic engagement experience abroad o International social consciousness o Sensitivity to U.S. cultural attributes and attitudes o Tolerance for ambiguity and unfamiliarity

International House Advisory Committee Michael Janis, Assistant Professor, English Katanga Johnson, Sophomore, Nassau, Bahamas Samuel Livingston, Professor, History/African American Studies (Co-Chair) Ida Mukenge, Professor, Sociology (Co-Chair) Teloca Sistrunk, Instructor, Business Administration Paul Sulongteh, Residence Director, International House Cynthia Trawick, Director, Student Health Center Gwen Wade, Director, International Student Services and Education Abroad Programs Maurice Washington, Associate Dean, Housing and Residential Life Brandon Whitehead, Junior, Rocky Mount, NC

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DR. MICHAEL HODGE Chair, Sociology Department and Professor of the Morehouse/SAS Enrichment Voyage

I am so proud and honored to have been part of this life-charting experience. The Men of Morehouse are exemplary scholars and ambassadors. I was able to see the transformation of these “students” to “teachers” as they educated an entire ship in the most positive way imaginable. I was able to see the absorption of information by our young men and the critical thought (and thoughtfulness) by which they analyzed and interacted. I was able to see beauty…

“I am so proud and honored to have been part of this life-charting experience.”

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BRANDON WHITEHEAD Junior, Sociology Major

Nicaragua was the first place that I visited in Central America where I felt close to the culture. I was able to walk through the cobblestone streets on Nicaragua and see how the natives lived their lives. What I observed in Nicaragua was simplicity. What I noticed is that everyone was just sitting around seemingly idle or in some form of social engagement, but there was no sense of urgency. I compared the momentum of these people to the ideological work ethics, values, and roles of the culture of the United States. In the United States, people don’t seem to take as much time to do things like I saw in Nicaragua. Americans in the U.S. are very goal oriented and their interests and initiatives seem to always focus in the future. Beyond becoming familiar with a foreign culture I became very familiar with my neighbors.

“No matter what race or ethnicity, we all are able to learn from each other.” What I enjoyed most about the voyage is that we as Morehouse students were able to become familiar with people of other ethnicities who live in our own country, whom we regularly may not be able to frequently experience because of our status as HBCU students. Because of the extended time on the ship and the meager number of passengers, there was a familial sense of community on the ship. No matter what race or ethnicity of anyone on the ship we all were able to learn from each other.

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LOUIS CHAMBERS Senior, Business Marketing Major

The Enrichment Voyage was a mind opening experience. Although I had already participated in a Semester at Sea voyage, I definitely had two separate, unique experiences. The Enrichment Voyage provided me with the opportunity to explore a new part of the world with my fellow Morehouse brothers. I also had the opportunity to meet the honorable Desmond Tutu. It was overall an enjoyable experience and I would embark again if I had the chance to.

“The highlight of the voyage, for me, was spending time with the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.”

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KADIR EMANUEL Junior, Business Accounting Major

I am a junior Business Administration major with a concentration in Accounting from Lithonia, GA. For three weeks during winter break I was able to live a dream. A group of my peers and I traveled to every country in Central America (except for El Salvador). We made the kinds of memories that you tell your children about and friendships that will last a lifetime. In addition to the other "Wells" established by Morehouse President Robert Michael Franklin, all Men of Morehouse should aspire to be well-traveled. Through interactions with people of other cultures, one can learn a lot about oneself.

“We made memories that you tell your children about and friendships that will last a lifetime.”

“All Men of Morehouse should aspire to be well-traveled.”

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ONTARIO STOTTS Junior, Mathematics Major

I attended the Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyage to get outside of my comfort zone and experience new cultures. The most significant experience or the most exciting thing about the trip was the time that I spent with my fellow Morehouse brothers and getting to know them. I feel that our brotherhood was strengthened. I also enjoyed going to the children's cancer hospital in Belize. Those visits humbled me and allowed me to notice real life and death situations. I learned that relationships are very important and intriguing, and that I was hindering myself by not taking advantage of the opportunities to see the world.

“I am so happy that I decided to go outside my comfort zone and experience new cultures.”

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JAMES MOSS Senior, Business Accounting Major

When I first signed up to be a part of the 2011 Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyage through Central America and the Panama Canal, I had no idea what to expect. Although I had travelled outside of the country before, I had never been to Central America, nor had I lived on a ship for an extended period of time. I saw the trip as an opportunity to broaden my horizons and to experience something new. What I found, however, were experiences that would forever change my view of the world. A fundamental aspect of the trip that I will never forget is the vast amount of cultural exchange that took place, not only between us students and the local populations, but also between us and the other participants on the trip. The population on the boat was comprised of individuals all of different ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds, yet we were all able to live amongst each other and interact harmoniously together, even while living in a confined space out at sea for an extended period. This coupled with the amazing experiences and socio-cultural exposure I gained exploring the cultures of the different countries we visited made for an extremely insightful voyage.

“I had no idea what to expect when I signed on to participate on the Enrichment Voyage through Central America. What I found, however, were experiences that would forever change my view of the world.”

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NATHAN EDWARDS Junior, Business Management Major

My dream of studying abroad finally shined through this past winter break and I had the opportunity to travel to seven different countries. My passion in life is to make films, so it was only right that I documented something of this magnitude. The sites I was able to see and footage I was able to get was life changing. I was granted the opportunity to have conversations with Archbishop Desmond TuTu, and other great professors and leaders in the education world. I also grew closer to my Morehouse brothers as we exchanged and made new memories. We had the chance to experience a lot on this trip -from riding jet skis in Cabo San Lucas- to bungee jumping in Costa Rica, but the most influential experiences were meeting great people, seeing the true cultures and sampling the great foods of different countries.

“Riding jet skis in Cabo San Lucas- to bungee jumping in Costa Rica. These were both great experiences, but the most influential experiences to me were meeting great people, seeing their cultures and sampling the foods of different cultures.”

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KAYIN BARCLAY Junior, Economics Major

I am a junior Economics major from Chicago, Illinois. In the winter of my junior year, I was blessed with the opportunity to study on board the MV Explorer as we sailed to 7 countries throughout Central and North America. I was able to hear from a wide range of prolific speakers such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Morehouse Professor Dr. Michael Hodge. I am most grateful for being able to bond with my Morehouse brothers on the ship. Our friendships were strengthened as we experienced new cultures together, and enjoyed “Morehouse Business Monopoly.” The time I spent at a pediatric oncology clinic was one of the most influential moments of my life and is an experience that I will never forget. It is my hope that all of my brothers at Morehouse will get the opportunity to go abroad and engage with various cultures. It is definitely a worthwhile experience.

“It is my hope that all of my Morehouse brothers will get the opportunity to go abroad and engage with various cultures. It is definitely a worthwhile experience.”

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DEVON LAMBERT Sophomore, Economics Major

I have always had an interest in the world beyond the borders of the U.S.A., but haven’t always had the ability to travel abroad. Understanding people and the world as it truly exists is something that I strive for on my journey to success in life. The Enrichment Voyage provided me the opportunity to expand my knowledge base in every discipline from sociology and economics to politics and psychology. I spent hours with children and parents in Antigua, Guatemala enjoying their discussions about their daily lives, and conversed about global economic trends over lunch with the vice-mayor of Puerto Limon, Nicaragua.

“St. Augustine was once quoted as saying “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. If this is true, I hope to read it cover to cover.” Traveling together gave us each a chance to get to know each other and bond as brothers. Sometimes on campus it is so easy to become consumed in school work and forget that Morehouse is also about brotherhood. We truly got a chance to work, live and play together, from the learning in the classroom, to volunteering in each country, to enjoying the vistas from the pristine beaches. The experience was truly a life altering experience that I will forever carry in my mind and heart. Saint Augustine was once quoted as saying “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” if this is true then I hope to read it cover to cover!

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JUSTIN MAJOR Senior, Economics Major

It can be said that people only truly know what they've experienced; but once they've experienced something, it will remain with them forever. This past Winter Break I had the opportunity to experience Latin America in a way that I would have never dreamed of— and it will truly remain with me forever. The experience was touching because it opened my eyes to life in another part of the world. I saw the struggle that people go through to survive, and it made me feel guilty for overlooking problems such as these here in America. The problems that people are facing in other parts of the world are far more severe than the minutia we often gripe about as Americans. People are struggling to find food to survive, and seeing this reaffirmed the importance of humans helping each other. I really enjoyed being able to meet people from different backgrounds and with different life experiences because they inspired me to do my part to help mankind.

“The Enrichment Voyage opened my eyes to life in another part of the world. My belief of the importance of humans helping each other was reaffirmed.”

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BLESSING DENNIS Senior, Sociology Major

The Enrichment Voyage was my first time traveling abroad. I admit I was a little nervous about leaving the US for the first time but knowing that my experience would be shared with my Morehouse Brothers made the decision for me. It was exciting to meet new people and visit new countries every other day. This was also my first holiday away from my family but it was well worth it. Besides meeting new people aboard the ship, I learned a great deal about myself. Oftentimes, we take a dollar for granted but that’s what some Central Americans pray to make over the course of a day to feed their families. In closing, I also got to bond with brothers that I didn’t know before this journey and are now friends with today. If you are ever presented with the opportunity to travel abroad take it. Your life will be changed forever.

“If you are ever presented with the opportunity to travel abroad, take it. Your life will be changed forever.”

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BLAINE CASANAVE Senior, Finance and Spanish Major

The Semester at Sea Winter Enrichment Voyage is an opportunity like no other that I have encountered. It provided my fellow Morehouse students and I the chance to interact with people from a variety of demographics and life experiences. It was truly a study in social interaction and mutual benefit. While aboard the MV Explorer, I underwent a very noticeable mental shift after only a few short days. The make-up of the ship’s temporary population was far older than I expected. At first, I was not sure how much I would interact with the other shipmates, but I quickly discovered that detailed interaction was inevitable. Instead of running from this idea, I ran towards it and embraced the new challenge. I quickly made friends with people who were seven, 25, and even 40 years older than me. While it would have been easy to simply say hello to these people when passing by, I made it a point to bring the most interesting acquaintances I was making to a more personal level. After about a week, my friend Jeremiah and I had become nightly fixtures at a dining table on the 5th floor with a group of people who were, on average, 30-40 years our senior. These people took a great liking to us, and we talked with them every day as if we were old friends. They did not treat us as though we were younger than them, yet they had a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that they enjoyed sharing with the two of us. Had I not been on the MV Explorer, I would have never had the desire to get to know these people. During our short trip, however, I was able to forge genuine relationships with incredible people who want to see me succeed as much as I want to continue to learn from them.

“I was able to forge genuine relationships with incredible people who want to see me succeed as much as I want to continue to learn from them.”

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JEREMIAH SWAIN Senior, Business Finance Major

Living life in ambiguity, although difficult, has benefits that reach far beyond what even the most elaborate of plans can arrange. This was no more evident than the Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyage. As I complete my matriculation at Morehouse, there were lessons that, unbeknown to me, I needed to learn before I left the arms of Morehouse College. These lessons would be taught to me through the experiences of the Winter Voyage. Never had I experienced what I would call a personal homecoming until this trip. I learned more about myself, my abilities, and the need to understand the magnitude of others and their abilities. Traveling through Central America gave me a chance to piece together an even greater picture of how people live. It gave me the time to reflect and understand how history has a long lasting footprint on people’s lives.

“I learned more about myself, my abilities, and the need to understand the magnitude of others and their abilities.”

Traveling is synonymous with experience, and there is no better way to learn, than to experience. This trip gave me a chance to build a network with others on the boat, along with Morehouse brothers I have seen on the yard but never built relationships with. Thanks to Morehouse College, I have been able to culminate what I would consider a priceless collegiate experience.

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DEVIN EMORY Junior, African-American Studies Major

Growing up in the city of Memphis, where at a young age I became intrigued by Black history and the Civil Rights Movement, I developed a passion for retracing our history as a people. I began reading and researching the lives of Black leaders in this country and found great interest in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s life ultimately inspired me to come to Morehouse and better my life and those around me. Once embarking upon Morehouse in the fall of 2008, I began to learn more about the College and its production of leaders in the community. Under the leadership of Dr. Robert Franklin and his initiative of molding students into “Renaissance Men” and inspiring them to embody the principle of the “Five Wells,” and visiting Mrs. Wade in the Study Abroad Office, I realized that I must become a man who has experience outside of the United States. The Enrichment Voyage was a prime opportunity to travel and see a part of the world that I’ve never experienced before. There we traveled through Central America, visiting seven countries and having first-hand access to their culture. We were submerged into their environment and it allowed me a chance to employ my Spanish skills that I acquired at Morehouse. From the people I met, engaged, and shared time with while aboard the MV Explorer and abroad, I came back to Morehouse with a sense of connection to other parts of the world. I am grateful for the opportunity that was given to me to have this life-changing experience and I look now to do more traveling globally before I graduate next May.

“From the people I met, engaged, and shared time with while aboard the MV Explorer and abroad, I came back to Morehouse with a sense of connection to other parts of the world.”

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MICHAEL GARY, JR. Assistant Director of Student Life

The Enrichment Voyage was my first experience abroad and on a ship. I did not know what to expect other than a learning experience provided by colleagues, students, and the natives of each country. Each country provided me with a lesson on different cultures and the importance of knowing a second language. The language barrier gave the administrators an opportunity to let the students take over and lead the group. I really think this was a great opportunity to show the students that we (administrators) trust their leadership abilities. One instance of this was when we stayed overnight in Guatemala. Most of us did not speak much Spanish, so we had to rely on Spanish speaking students to translate so we could acquire safe transportation and lodging. Most importantly, I built stronger relationships with students through this educationally enriching experience. I would recommend this experience to everyone, especially those who want to participate in an experiential learning opportunity with our students. As a student affairs professional, I admit to being partial to out of the classroom learning, but this time we combined the two. The teamwork of the Academic and Student Affairs divisions proved to benefit the students the most. Our practice should model this style of teaching and learning.

“I would recommend this experience to everyone, especially those who want to participate in an experiential learning opportunity with our students.”

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ULATO SAM Freshman

I am an Oprah Winfrey Scholar from Kingston, Jamaica. The Enrichment Voyage was an amazing experience that cannot be compared to any other in the world. It develops a great sense of fellowship and a great appreciation for the sea and all of its wonders. On the ship I felt I grew more than I had ever imagined, with a plethora of experiences that topped any scholastic event I had undertaken before. I feel as though the greatest growth however, came from the experiences I shared with my fellow Morehouse brothers. I enjoyed learning about their strengths and weaknesses and felt the brotherhood that Morehouse promotes. The entire trip helped build my character. I went on this voyage in hopes of seeing an unknown world, but ended up feeling at home in the many countries. The climate, the people and even the topography made me feel at home. The trip was an invigorating experience which made me remember why I set such high standards and goals. I got to experience the beauty of the world and will forever be thankful for the experience.

“I feel as though the greatest growth for me came from the experiences I shared with my fellow Morehouse brothers. I also got to experience the beauty of the world and will forever be thankful for the experience.”

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BORIS DOBRIJEVIC Freshman, Business Accounting Major

I am a freshman Business Accounting major from Johannesburg, South Africa. I have always been passionate about traveling and exploring different countries and cultures, so I naturally jumped at the opportunity to board the MV Explorer and take an Enrichment Voyage around Central America from December, 2010 to January, 2011. The voyage allowed me and 37 of my Morehouse Brothers to experience 7 countries over a period of 21 days. The trip was life changing and opened my eyes to a part of the world that I don’t think I would have had a chance to experience. While visiting the ports and meeting diverse people, I was able to witness what can only be described as a universal happiness. No matter where we visited, or how hard the living conditions of the natives were in those various places, I always saw children smiling and playing outside. This made me joyful and helped me realize that I needed to enjoy the simplicities in life. Aboard the ship I was able to meet a role model, and fellow South African, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I was truly inspired by his vision for the world and intrigued by his constant journey towards equality and enforcing human rights. His story resonated with me and made me confident that we will one day reach a better, more equal world.

“I was able to meet a role model and fellow South African, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I was truly inspired by his vision for the world and intrigued by his constant journey towards equality and enforcing human rights. His story resonated with me and made me confident that we will one day reach a better, more equal world.”

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JEREL ROSS Junior, Economics Major

As I sit back and reminisce about the Semester At Sea Enrichment Voyage, no one particular experience truly sticks out to me as “the best.” However, the way the trip was set up made it very enriching. I loved the perfect balance of community service, learning, and fun that took place over those 21 days. Climbing a mountain in Antigua, Guatemala; kayaking at a beach in Cozumel, Mexico; and talking with a waitress in Belize for two hours about life there were three completely different experiences, but equally as memorable. Overall the trip was great and I am happy I had the experience.

“I loved the perfect balance of community service, learning, and fun that took place over those 21 days.”

“Overall the trip was great and I am happy I had the experience.”

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DIVISION OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS ANNUAL SPRING TOUR

The Division of Business Administration and Economics is positioned to support the globalization vision of the College through its “International Spring Tour”. The International Spring Tour is an annual trip for juniors and seniors, established to supplement their formal education and provide them with a global perspective of our economy. The selection process for the tour’s student participants is thorough. A Spring Tour Committee selects the host countries, which are announced to potential student applicants. The fifteen to twenty-five young men chosen to travel on the Tour undergo a rigorous screening process based on their academic performance, faculty recommendations and a required essay discussing the economic base of the countries included on the Tour. During the Tour, students and faculty ambassadors visit the corporate business offices of sponsors as well as local firms to meet with executives and gain knowledge regarding the influence of local culture on managing a business enterprise. The students make a group presentation to the executives of the host companies to acquaint them with the history and mission of Morehouse College. The Tour participants also explore the local community of the countries visited to become more informed and knowledgeable about the culture and mores of the citizenry. Throughout its history, the cost of the Tour has been supported primarily through corporate fund raising efforts coordinated by the Office of Career Services, and is currently supported through the Division’s Corporate Partners Program. The 2011 Tour marks the 25th International Tour and will travel to Casablanca, Morocco Istanbul, Turkey, and Paris, France. Since its inception, approximately 500 students have traveled to over 30 countries.

Figure 1 Front Row: Dr. Felix Kamuche, Dr. Emmanuel Onifade, Dr. Cheryl Allen, Ms. Teloca Sistrunk, Mr. Douglas Cooper, Dr. Keith Hollingsworth; Middle Row: Ihsan Saleem, Stevon Darling, Justin Houser, Jason Ruiz, Arrin Richards, Herman Riley III, Dufferin Culpepper II, Bricesin Scott, Cedric Samuel; Back Row: Jonathan Jolley, Leslie Sunkwa-Mills, Amir Nga, Evan Fowler, Matthew Rice, Jared Benton, Harrison Thomas, Isaiah Wilcox; Not Pictured: Dr. Belinda Johnson White, Ms. Peggy Cockerham, Baron Ojogho

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MOREHOUSE COLLEGE PAN-AFRICAN GLOBAL EXPERIENCE (MPAGE) Morehouse Pan-African Global Experience Programs (MPAGE) are designed to allow students to experience contemporary cultures of African heritage shaped by different geo-political settings in a global world. “Pan” means “across.” It is an opportunity to see across African diversity to what may be common-cultures and beliefs passed down from generation to generation, across seas and despite hardships. The “PanAfrican” outlook is characterized by the vision of people of African heritage coming together to rediscover this civilization’s unique historic characteristics and to bring about a renaissance. How will Africa and the global African Diaspora come together to once again create a legacy of contributions to solving global human and ecological challenges, as Africa did in the past? Currently, MPAGE offers crosscultural experiences for youth in the U.S. and Africa (Ghana and Burkina Faso), however, beginning in 2012, it will add another African Diaspora location, San Salvador, Brazil.

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MOREHOUSE COLLEGE PAN-AFRICAN GLOBAL EXPERIENCE (MPAGE)

For further information and to obtain an application, please contact Dr. Cynthia Hewitt, Associate Professor of Sociology at chewitt@morehouse.edu.

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LEADERSHIP STUDIES PROGRAM GLOBAL INITIATIVES

MELLON FOUNDATION COMMUNITY INITIATIVE HOSTED BY SALZBURG GLOBAL STUDENT SEMINAR: GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: AMERICA AND THE WORLD This seminar provided an intensive seven-day international experience for participants to explore pressing issues of global concern and to view such issues from a perspective both literally and figuratively outside the borders of the United States. The goal was that participants would leave with the knowledge and skills to acquire a better understanding of the international political order, the global economy, worldwide social developments, what it means to be a global citizen, and, most importantly, with the desire, ability and empowerment to envision and affect positive change on their own campuses and in their own communities. During the College’s winter break, students from Morehouse College travelled to Salzburg, Austria and participated in this conference. They were: Tshepo Moshoaliba, senior marketing major; Malcolm Olatunji, junior international studies major; Ezekiel Phillips, senior English major.

OPRAH SOUTH AFRICA LEADERSHIP PROJECT As part of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College’s commitment to creating a new generation of leaders who are ethically centered and globally connected, this project provides cross-cultural immersion and international exposure through travel and study for students from Morehouse and partner institutions in South Africa. This bi-directional, bi-cultural study tour focuses on cultural and service learning activities. The project is supported by an endowed gift from the Oprah Foundation. The goal of the project is to prepare young people to serve as global leaders through academics, community service and international experiences. Morehouse students have the opportunity to expand their global competence through this study and service program while studying the myriad of issues relevant to global ethical leadership. Since 2005, five groups of students and faculty have travelled to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The next study tour is scheduled for May 2011.


LEADERSHIP STUDIES PROGRAM GLOBAL INITIATIVES

AFRICAN PRESIDENTIAL ROUNDTABLE The Leadership Center is part of a consortium of colleges and universities around the globe sponsored by the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University (APARC), an internationally recognized center for research and dialogue on contemporary political and economic trends in Africa. Annually, APARC sponsors the African Presidential Roundtable is held in various venues around the world, including Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Berlin and London. Students have the opportunity to interact directly with world leaders and gain an inside view of the African political arena. In August 2010, five students and two faculty members travelled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to participate in the African Presidential Roundtable 2010. The event was a multi-continental conversation, involving students, faculty and leaders from the public and private sectors in the United States, Europe and Africa with 14 former African leaders that have retired through a democratic process participating. The focus was Leadership Solutions to Land Reform in Africa.

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LEADERSHIP STUDIES PROGRAM GLOBAL INITIATIVES

APARC AFRICAN VIDEO CONFERENCE As part of the Leadership Center’s commitment to fostering a global awareness among Morehouse students, we partner with the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University (APARC) in expanding opportunities in this arena. In October 2010, His Excellency Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, president of Malawi and chairperson of the African Union addressed the issue of Food Security in Africa via video conference in conjunction with APARC. This event was held in the Leadership Center attended by 25 Morehouse students and representatives from the Andrew Young International Center, the Study Abroad Program, the Entrepreneur Center and the Office of Community Service.

International Leadership Association National Annual Conference The International Leadership Association is the global network for all those who practice, study and teach leadership. The ILA promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide. In October 2010, members from more than 40 countries attend the conference held in Boston, MA. The 13th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference -- One Planet, Many Worlds: Remapping the Purposes of Leadership will be held October 26-29, Delete text and place photo here. 2011 in London, UK at Park Plaza Westminster.

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LEADERSHIP STUDIES PROGRAM GLOBAL INITIATIVES

AFRICAN AMERICANS & U.S. FOREIGN POLICY CONFERENCE Boston University’s African American Studies Program in conjunction with the African Presidential Archives and Research Center presented African Americans and U.S. Foreign Policy, a two-day conference held from October 27-28, 2010. The conference engaged academics, diplomats, and public and private sector leaders in a conversation on the contributions of African Americans to United States’ foreign policy. The goal was to analyze the role of African Americans on U.S. foreign policy, with a focus on both the historical and current impact. Beginning with the arrival of Africans in North American colonies through the abolition of slavery to contemporary U.S. foreign policy, the conference delved into the influence of African American individuals, movements, and institutions and their role in shaping the policy framework defining American foreign policy. The emergence of Pan-Africanism, the importance of the African independence movement, the role of the Black Church, and United Nations and State Department politics was addressed. With this mix of academics, diplomats and public and private sector leaders the result was a cutting-edge conversation and policy discussion that provided a clearer insight into future policy options and strategies for affecting change to future policies. The symposium aimed to facilitate a better understanding by all Americans of the contributions African Americans have made in civic participation and policy formation relative to U.S. foreign policy. Potentially, this effort will lead to more informed policies and influence future practices by increasing the fund of knowledge through this forum for discussion.

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PATRICK BOATENG Senior, Political Science Major

I am a senior Political Science major from Beltsville, MD. During my time at Morehouse, I have had the privilege of traveling to Japan twice, and several other countries. Having studied the Japanese language for several years and working with the State Department as an intern in Japan, I wanted to improve my language abilities so that I could use them in my intended career. For my study abroad, I took advantage of Morehouse’s exchange program with Soka University in Tokyo. This was an incredible experience. At Soka, I was able to immerse myself in and make use of the resources necessary to work towards fluency. I was surrounded by native speakers, and required to use my language abilities throughout daily activities. Additionally, I was able to gain insight into the cultural references and perspectives that are vital in developing a great foundation from which I can continue my Japanese studies well into the future. Next year I will attend graduate school, and I know that my study abroad experience will play a big role in my success.

“At Soka University, I was able to immerse myself in and make use of the resources necessary to work towards fluency.”

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JAMES SAMPSON Junior, English Major

I am a junior, English-Literature major from Syracuse, New York. I am first generation to go and will finish college. I was encouraged from upper classmen and alumni in my freshmen year to study abroad. I decided that studying abroad would be my short term goal before I become a Morehouse Man. I wanted to get a life experience and a different perspective outside of the United States of America. In my sophomore year I went to Mrs. Wade’s office and shared my short term goal. She was intrigued about my determination in studying abroad. We found a country where I could study abroad and it was Istanbul, Turkey. I knew a little about Turkey, such as the Byzantine Empire, the Orthodox Empire, and the Ottoman Empire from my highschool history class. I thought it would be a perfect place for a lifetime experience. Thus far, my experience in Istanbul is breathtaking- from the classroom- to the city life. I have met a lot of people, not only from Turkey, but from all over the world. Istanbul is filled with culture, friendship, history, and opportunities such as traveling, networking, and working. This experience is a dream come true and I am proud that my short term goal is fulfilled. From an individual perspective, Istanbul in Turkish is “Çok Güzel”! Delete text and place photo here.

“This experience is a dream come true and I am proud that my short term goal is fulfilled.”

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BAKARY SECKAN Senior, Economics Major

In the spring of 2010, I studied abroad in Amman, Jordan. I was the only black male in my study abroad program of almost 200 students. My experience in the Middle East was truly enlightening and I could see during my time there that the region was in a transition. I noticed this in my encounters with students at the University of Jordan, who were very politically conscious, and also, despite negative sentiment towards America, very much influenced by us culturally. I was also able to travel and do research in Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria during my study abroad program. In each country I saw the intersection between the rich history, the troubled politics, and the influence of globalization on the youth. I highly encourage men of Morehouse to study abroad because the world has truly become smaller, and we can no longer afford to not be globally conscious.

“I highly encourage Men of Morehouse to study abroad because the world has truly become smaller, and we can no longer afford to not be globally conscious.”

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TIMOTHY JONES Junior, English and Drama Major

Choosing to study classical theater at the British American Drama Academy was a personal choice to essentially become a more in depth and complex artist who is willing to become intensely vulnerable as an artist. I have not only come to understand the African American experience represented through art as a Black man, but more importantly the complexity of the human experience in its myriad of forms. The variety of intense academic and performance classes offered at the British American Drama Academy were equally as important to the global context in which the studies are learned. London is essentially the leading force in the advancement of the arts, providing a plethora of open arts and culminating ever-changing culture. My time in London is made up of a unique combination of memorable experiences that stem from the vast learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, I had the pleasure of traveling to Egypt, Paris, Scotland, Thailand while studying in London, but more rewarding was being able to see my Morehouse brothers and Spelman sisters in these respective countries becoming global citizens.

While studying abroad I learned that the complementary relationship between education and the arts acts as a catalyst in nurturing individuals who are socially conscious, gifted, and globally aware. Personally, it is imperative to understand that education and the arts are nonetheless meaningful entities, and while the lines between them are seldom sharp and jaded, they are continuously real.

“While studying abroad I learned that the complementary relationship between education and the arts acts as a catalyst in nurturing individuals who are socially conscious, gifted, and globally aware.”

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JAMES C. WILLIS Junior, Psychology Major

I had the privilege of going to Barcelona, Spain to study abroad. The experience was like no other in my life. I got the opportunity to meet students from all over the world and completely immerse myself in the Catalan, Spanish and European cultures. During my semester in Barcelona, I stayed with a host family that embraced me and helped to ease my transition into a completely new culture. My time abroad allowed, and at times forced, me to mature and become more independent. I interacted with locals and got the chance to travel around Europe and even over to Africa. My experience abroad is one that I would not change for anything in the world. Studying abroad prepared me to come back to Morehouse and contribute even more so to the thriving campus life. One hobby that I was able to enjoy abroad was traveling. I went to Paris for Paris Fashion Week, Rome, Greece, South of France, Balearic Islands and Morocco. I have a goal of traveling to all seven continents by the time I am 25. After my trip to Morocco, I have already been to four. I highly encourage all students to travel abroad to help widen their horizons and expand their mindset to one with a global perspective.

“I highly encourage all students to travel abroad to help widen their horizons and expand their mindset to one with a global perspective.”

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Study Abroad Memories