International Education Week observed at UAPB


International Education Week was observed recently at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

IEW was celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. The UAPB Office of International Programs and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership collaborated to provide activities to foster the aims of international education — international understanding and the preparation of U.S. citizens to live, work and compete in the global economy.

Informal lunch discussions were conducted in the L.A. Davis Student Union Checkers Lounge.

Lee Rivers, assistant manager, outreach and special projects for the Institute of International Education, was the featured speaker at the Study Abroad Forum. Rivers conducts the outreach for the U.S. Student Exchange Program. He has a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Central Missouri and a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. He received a Gilman Scholarship to study at the University of Canberra, Australia, and he has participated in a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Aboard in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Rivers was joined by Fulbright Student Program Alumni Ambassador Michelle Williams, a graduate of Florida A&M University. She studied public health issues in Ghana in 2011- 2012 and conducted a qualitative study to identify barriers to cervical cancer screening among Ghanaian women. She also investigated health information needs of Ghanaian residents. Williams is pursuing a doctorate and graduate certification in global health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also teaches a global studies course at the University of Alabama.

The International Students Association sponsored an evening of salsa music and dance in the student lounge. This was an opportunity to learn to salsa, a dance popular across Latin America.

A career services session featuring a panel of Peace Corps volunteers and representatives of the Clinton School of Public Service discussed academic and career experiences and the importance of a global perspective in career planning. Panel members included Lisa Duke, William Orr, Alex Thomas and Kent Broughton.

The community was invited to UAPB verses Philander Smith women’s basketball game. Admission was free, but attendees were encouraged to bring nonperishable goods for the Thanksgiving food drive coordinated by the Office of Student Involvement and Learning.

International Education Week was a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Details: Contact Pamela D. Moore, 575-8545.