International Programs/Spring elective Twin Pandemics: COVID19 & Racial/Ethnic Inequity Info Session

Please join us on Wednesday 10/14 at 5:15-5:45 or Monday 10/19 1-1:30 for an information session on international programming and to learn about our Spring elective with students and faculty from Haifa University (Israel): Practice, Programming, and Policy in the Face of Twin Pandemics: COVID19 and Racial and Ethnic Inequity.

Professor Caroline Long, Director for Global Engagement, and Professor Corey Shdaimah, who co-created and will teach the elective Practice, Programming, and Policy in the Face of Twin Pandemics: COVID19 and Racial and Ethnic Inequity will share information and respond to questions.

This international, inter-professional elective brings together a cohort of students from UMB and UH schools at a time when professionals strive to overcome a global pandemic that has had a disparate impact on already marginalized and excluded populations. We will use visual methods such as photography and artifact elicitation to share- across language, culture, and profession- ideas about social justice and the personal, professional, and societal impact of COVID19. These tools will facilitate student reflections on the social justice implications of their professional practice; identify hurdles and opportunities for promoting social justice across disciplines, cultures, and social systems; and share global knowledge that can inform their future practice.

Synchronous course meetings will take place virtually between 9AM and 12PM on six Mondays: February 22, March 1, 8, 22, and April 4, and 11 as well as the Monday-Thursday of Spring break, March 15, 16, 17, and 18th (also 9-12). The majority of these will be with UMB and UH students together; 2/22, 3/1, and 4/11 will be for UMB students. The remaining 3-credit course hours will be in the form of asynchronous class work to be completed by UH/UMB partners between meetings. If international travel is permitted prior to June 15, there will be an opportunity (although not a requirement) for one week of subsidized travel for students from Israel and the US. The course will enroll up to 12 students each from UMB and UH.

If you are unable to attend but would like more information on the spring course offering, please follow up with Corey Shdaimah at


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