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Ten Years of Scholars at Risk

For their 10th anniversary, Scholars at Risk (SAR) is highlighting stories from scholars who have been helped through the network and the campus leaders who have helped them find a place to call home. SAR recently interviewed Provost David Perrin about his commitment to fighting intellectual repression. Under his leadership, UNCG joined the SAR network in 2007 and since then has invited two scholars to campus.

The article also highlights UNCG’s first scholar to come to campus through the program, Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali, who visited campus in 2008. Read the full SAR article here.

GWIK Visitors: Plantijn Hogeschool, Universitat Ramon Llull, and VIA University College

In April, IPC welcomed a total of five visitors from our GWIK partners around Europe. Myriam Vanschel from Plantijn Hogeschool in Belgium visited from April 2-10, 2011. She was greeted by Dr. Cathryne Schmitz, Professor in UNCG’s Program in Conflict & Peace Studies, who took the guest on a city tour during the weekend before starting the official site visit on Monday.

Throughout her stay, Ms. Vanschel met with several faculty members in UNCG’s Social Work department including Drs. Jack Register, Betsy Lindsey, Melissa Taylor, and others. She also visited NC A&T State University for meetings and classes with Drs. Sharon Warren Cook, Glenna Barnes, Elizabeth Watson, and Mary Lewis, all of the Social Work Program at A&T.

Denise Bellamy, student from Granada: Lucía Lozano White, Lisette Navarroa Segura, Myriam Vanschel, Oscar Martínez Rivera, Tom Martinek, and Penelope Pynes

Halfway through the visit on April 5, two other GWIK partners arrived: Oscar Martínez Rivera and Lisette Navarro Segura from Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona, Spain. All three guests visited The Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Greensboro, and then later had a chance to meet with the GWIK students at UNCG.

After meeting with Denise Bellamy, Director of Study Abroad & Exchanges at UNCG, Vanschel, Rivera, and Segura returned to NC A&T for a campus tour with Allegra Laing, Study Abroad Coordinator. They had dinner with Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs at UNCG. To end their visit, Tom Martinek, Assistant Director of Study Abroad & Exchange at UNCG, led the three guests on a tour of UNCG’s campus.

From April 10-14, 2011, IPC and the Department of Social Work welcomed two other GWIK partners, Gert Oluf Hansen and Susanne Lykke Stein, Lecturers and International Coordinators from VIA University College’s Department of Social Education in Aarhus, Denmark. The guests began their site visit with dinner with Penelope Pynes. The following day, the guests were taken on a campus tour led by Denise Bellamy and Tom Martinek. Cathryne Schmitz then accompanied the guests on a tour of Greensboro and then went to NC A&T State University for a Faculty Brown Bag lunch and discussion.

Additionally, Hansen and Stein visited The Doris Henderson Newcomers School and the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro before meeting with Dr. Raleigh Bailey of UNCG’s Department of Social Work and attending his class on Diversity. They had an additional visit to NC A&T to meet with Dr. Elizabeth Watson, Field Coordinator, and to attend Dr. Andrea Johnson’s Principles of Sociology class. Returning to UNCG, the guests met with faculty in the Department of Social Work, and also had a chance to meet with their Danish students and UNCG students who will study at VIA in the fall of 2011.

Global Work with Immigrant Kids (GWIK) is a FIPSE/Atlantic sponsored project now in its second year, designed to educate new social service practitioners in direct care settings with immigrant and refugee children. Read more about the GWIK project here.

Previous editions:
- Vol 10, ed 7: April 2011 - Vol 10, ed 3: November 2010
- Vol 10, ed 6: March 2011 - Vol 10, ed 2: October 2010
- Vol 10, ed 5: February 2011 - Vol 10, ed 1: September 2010
- Vol 10, ed 4: December 2010 archived editions