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SW Faculty Awarded USF World Faculty Mobility Grants

Manisha Joshi, MSW, PhD, and Iraida V. Carrion, PhD, LCSW, were both awarded a USF World Faculty Mobility Grant 2014-2015 to advance their work on cultural practices-health interface (e.g., birth practices, end-of-life issues) related to the Idu Mishmi indigenous community in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. In addition, they will use the grants to collaborate with the Research Institute for Worlds Ancient Traditions Culture and Heritage in Arunachal Pradesh (designated as the Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations) to develop an innovative course that would offer indigenous students and researchers from Northeast India the opportunity to travel to the US and experience USF life, interact with USF students and faculty, conduct research, and learn from diverse groups in the US. In doing so, students from USF and the Northeastern indigenous communities will get the opportunity to engage in diversity, a core competency in social work. The aforementioned research and curricular innovation related work stemmed out of the first study abroad program that they developed for the School of Social Work. Fifteen students from Social Work, Public Health, and Women and Gender Studies participated in the study abroad program during summer 2014. The range of student experiences is captured in a beautiful video put together by Alexandra Cario, a second year MSW student who participated in the summer program.

In addition, as part of the program, students documented their experience throughout the journey in a blog.

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