Summer Learning spans Europe, North America, Africa

From the Adriatic Sea to Namibia to Mexico, Dominican students are gaining a global perspective while studying overseas this summer.

More than 50 students are attending courses taught abroad through the Dominican Global Learning Course program this summer.

“Students in this summer’s Global Learning courses are getting in-depth, real-world experiences in Namibia, Mexico and the Mediterranean coast,” said Kati Bell, director of the Global Education Office.

“Each course is specifically designed to let the geographic location inform the curriculum in a way that brings the course content up-close and personal.”

Vania Coelho led 18 students on a field biology course in Namibia. The field biology course allowed students to experience the flora and fauna of the sub-Saharan ecosystem. Students explored the red sandstone cliffs of the Waterberg Plateau, visited the waterholes of wildlife game in Etosha National Park, learned about marine life at Walvis Bay, and experienced the famous Dune 45 in Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Coelho, the faculty advisor for all biology majors in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences emphasis, teaches Bio Research Methodology, Ecology & Evolution, Environmental Sciences, International Field Biology and Marine Biology in the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Dominican. Her current research focus is on coral reef ecology; she is particularly interested in management strategies that can help mitigate the effects of climate change on corals. Her most recent research project received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Patti Culross, an instructor of Public Health, and Amy Arenberg, academic fieldwork associate in the Department of Occupational Therapy, led 15 public health and occupational therapy students on a medical Spanish immersion course at the Universidad Anahuac Mayab in Merida, Mexico. The course included fieldwork visits to local clinics and hospitals.

LeeAnn Bartolini, Matt Davis, Leslie Ross, Sister Patricia Dougherty, O.P., and 22 students learned about the history and culture of the Mediterranean during a cruise through the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas. Students disembarked in Italy, Croatia, Greece, and France for guided visits to museums, landmarks and points of historical interest.


June 17, 2016