University of Oregon Teams Up With Two HBCUs to Offer a Unique Study Abroad Experience

Students at the University of Oregon, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Southern University in Louisiana are participating in a unique study abroad program this summer.

Students will begin by spending time in New Orleans. They will be housed on the campus of Xavier University and will visit landmarks and other important sites in the state. From there, students will travel to Ghana, where they will live with host families while attending classes and excursions, including visits to historical points of interest related to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. At the conclusion of the program, the group will travel to Kumasi and to Cape Coast to visit one of the largest open-air markets in Africa and to see the castles used in the slave trade.

Yvette Alex-Assensoh, vice president for equity and inclusion and a political science professor at the University of Oregon is one of four faculty members who will travel to Ghana with the students. She notes that “nationally, participation of Black and other underrepresented students in study abroad programs is negligible, and this program is designed to address this issue and, perhaps, serve as a model of how to use inter-university partnerships to share the financial costs and drive change.”

Dr. Alex-Assensoh is a summa cum laude graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science at Ohio State University. Dr. Alex-Assensoh also holds a juris doctorate from Indiana University.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Placed on Accreditation Probation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education stated that the university fell short in meeting requirements in financial planning and budget processes and compliance with laws, regulations, and commission policies.

Two Black Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Penelope Andrews was appointed the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and Angela D. Dillard, the Richard A. Meisler Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, was given the added duties of the inaugural vice provost for undergraduate education.

Tuskegee University Partners With Intel to Boost Black Presence in the Semiconductor Industry

Participating Tuskegee students will have a chance to gain hands-on skills in engineering design, semiconductor processing, and device fabrication technologies and an overall valuable experience working in the microelectronics cleanroom fabrication facility at Tuskegee University.

K.C. Mmeje Honored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation

K.C. Mmeje is vice president for student affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The NASPA Pillars of the Profession Award acknowledges remarkable individuals within the student affairs and higher education community who demonstrate exceptional contributions to both the profession and the organization.

Featured Jobs