IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (Spring 1)
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The faculty/staff team shown on this page is a sample of the individuals who may lead your specific program. Faculty and coordinators are subject to change to accommodate each program’s unique schedule and locations.
|Program Director & Program Manager|
|Jen Jones||SherriLynn Colby-Bottel|
|Country Coordinators & Facilitators|
|Abid Siraj||Carolina Rovetta|
|Jan G. Vermeulen|
|Donald Allison||Maya Shapiro|
Program Director, Health and Community
Jen Jones has worked with IHP for over seven years in various capacities — as a program director, faculty member, country coordinator, and alumni liaison. After leading the Beyond Globalization program for the past two years, Jen brings her perspective on social activism and grassroots solutions as well as her academic background in political and social ecology to the Health and Community program. She has more than 12 years of experience managing study abroad programs around the world and has taught, traveled, and conducted research in 30 countries. She is currently a visiting associate professor at the Center for Global Leadership at Virginia Tech and was previously a visiting assistant professor at Williams College. Dr. Jones received her PhD from the University of Pretoria. She resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.
SherriLynn Colby-Bottel has coordinated the Health and Community launches, as well as Cities in the 21st Century from New Orleans, Louisiana, since 2011. For seven years in New Orleans, SherriLynn conducted anthropological research on disaster recovery, globalization, race and health disparities, and how environment, structural inequity, and local policy act as determinants of community well-being. Dr. Colby-Bottel holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Virginia, as well as a master’s degree in music from California State University, Fresno. She has been both a faculty member and academic manager within higher education, having taught and managed academic programs at the California State University at Fresno, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Virginia. She is currently faculty in the anthropology department at California State University, Fresno.
Maya holds a PhD in anthropology from York University, where she currently teaches courses on the anthropology of reproduction and the anthropology of illicit networks. Her doctoral research took her to Tel Aviv, where she investigated undocumented migrant women's access to prenatal and postnatal healthcare as well as the engagement of these women and their children in anti-deportation activism. Maya has lived and worked in Canada, Israel, Ecuador, and Laos where she has taught English and Spanish, worked as a newspaper editor, been a reproductive health and abortion counselor, and participated in advocacy and activism for agricultural, domestic, and care workers. While Maya's research and employment has been most engaged with issues of migration, labour, women's health, and urban life, she can be found reading up on just about anything interesting, fact or fiction, that comes across her desk. Maya balances out all that reading with regular yoga practice and a passion for cooking and eating good food. She lives in Toronto, Ontario
Country Coordinator, India
Abid has been working with SIT Study Abroad as an academic coordinator for the India: Health and Human Rights program since January 2011. He holds a master's degree in social work, with a specialization in reproductive and child health. Abid has over 12 years of experience in the public health field in India. Previously, he worked for a USAID-funded project on the role of local self-government in the promotion of reproductive and child health. He also served as project coordinator of the USAID-funded Community-Based Distribution Project of Family Planning Methods. He was part of a pioneering team that implemented a flagship public health program for the government of India's National Rural Health Mission in Rajasthan. Abid was also involved with one of UNICEF's largest communication and social mobilization initiatives, the intensive immunization of pulse polio in Uttar Pradesh. He was a visiting faculty for SIT Study Abroad before joining SIT full-time in India.
Carolina Rovetta, MA
Country Coordinator, Argentina
Carolina holds a five-year degree in arts from the University of Buenos Aires and a postgraduate degree in contemporary cinema and theater. She has been working in the field of international education for many years. Carolina is in charge of designing academic and immersion programs in Argentina for students and institutions from abroad. Her focus is on the interaction between academic content and cultural sensitivity. She is very interested in arts and culture and works as a cultural facilitator for the city of Buenos Aires. She has written several pedagogical guides on cultural activities in immersion. Ms. Rovetta serves as an academic advisor for American students studying abroad in Argentina. She first began working with IHP in 2005 and helped establish the Cities in the 21st Century program in Buenos Aires.
Jan G. Vermeulen, MComm
Country Coordinator, South Africa
Jan commenced his career as a human resources practitioner in the private sector and became a business consultant focusing on executive development, change management, mentorship, performance management, and productivity. Since the early nineties he has worked toward poverty alleviation. He relocated to Bushbuckridge in 1993 where he assisted with the set-up of Pfunanane Co-operative and Credit Union. He established the Bushbuckridge Local Business Service Centre in Acornhoek and Central Business Service Centre (now LIBSA). Recently, he has been consulting as a development practitioner and has been involved with research in natural resource business opportunities, income generation for households headed by children because of AIDS, community leadership development, monitoring and evaluation of the transformation program at Wits University, and tourism-based LED at Greater Tzaneen and Letaba municipalities. Jan obtained an MComm at North-West University. He is registered as a practicing industrial psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Donald, a native of Montana, has a master’s degree in physician assistant studies and will complete his PhD dissertation in culture, literacy, and language in December 2013. His dissertation is a qualitative study evaluating the perceptions and experiences of male Mexican migrant and seasonal farmworkers concerning HIV/AIDS. Specifically, Donald is evaluating the social constructs of gender and culture bound by language use around HIV/AIDS. He believes there exists a link between gender-specific discourse regarding illness and health disparity. Areas of research interest include linguistic landscape, health literacy, discourse, gender studies, cultural issues in health care, and health disparity.
Beginning his career as a physician assistant in Colorado, Donald has worked for over 20 years in various clinical settings including migrant community health clinics and the emergency room. He had the privilege of participating in a two-year pilot project introducing the physician assistant profession to the United Kingdom (now called the medical care practitioner in England). Additionally, Donald has enjoyed travel throughout Europe, India, China, Peru, and Mexico.
Kempie is an alumna of the IHP Indigenous Perspectives program, and she completed the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Summer Peacebuilding Program at SIT Graduate Institute in 2010. Kempie brings a rich study abroad experience that also includes an intensive study of Arabic, anthropology, sociology, political science, and religion in Morocco. She has also taught English as a Second Language in East Java, Indonesia, with support from Fulbright. From teaching to working with community-based organizations in Uganda, Kempie has spent a majority of her life learning experientially from her host communities. Kempie continues to be inspired by students’ willingness to expand their emotional intelligence and intellectual awareness to connect more deeply with their host cultures as well as themselves. An avid sun worshiper, Kempie loves hiking in the outdoors and swimming in the ocean. She also enjoys yoga, West African and Arabic dance, impromptu music performances, driving cross-country, and the art of bargaining.
Duration: Spring, 16 weeks
United States, India, Argentina, South Africa
Prerequisites: None. Coursework in public health, anthropology, biology, or related field recommended.
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