This program offers qualified faculty members in social work, public health, psychology, counseling and related areas to develop knowledge, relationships and opportunities for collaboration in Rwanda – 25 years after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
Participants will explore the challenge of building mental health capacity in a low-resource country. A key focus is on the partnership with Rwandan colleagues. Academically, we will look into the design of curriculum modules in global social work. Professionally, we will explore collaboration opportunities in areas of social work practice, including human rights, social development, women’s empowerment, family and community practice, research, and policy.
This unique program provides substantial opportunity to work with Rwandan health and mental health providers in facilitated workshops to exchange ideas, develop curriculum, and begin design of collaborative educational programs. Guided field trips to museums, Kigali neighborhoods, women’s co-ops, and cultural events will introduce participants to the history of the genocide and the resilience of Rwanda and its people. Participants may also join an optional 2-day safari and spend an additional week to attend the Global Mental Health Conference held in Kigali that dovetails with the end of the Rwanda faculty development program.
The program will be co-led by Dr. Howard Robinson, DSW, a senior mental health social work clinician who specializes in trauma recovery and the development of trauma-informed curriculum, and Eugenie Mukeshimana, BSW, a parent-survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and founder of the Genocide Survivors Support Network (GSSN). Ms. Mukeshimana is an advocate for the awareness and prevention of genocide who gave eye-witness testimony at the United Nations in 2014.
- Develop firsthand knowledge of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and its effects on the population, policy and government, human rights, women’s empowerment, and social work education.
- Meet with Rwandan stakeholders in trauma recovery and community resilience to develop collaborative project ideas that can lead to sustainable relationships and can be utilized to promote student and faculty exchange between Rwanda and United States’ social work institutions.
- Explore opportunities for follow-up with student programming such as internships, service-learning projects, research, and study abroad.
- Gain invaluable intercultural competence relevant to your profession.
- Share your knowledge and gain new insight through a unique African perspective on mental health.
- Explore an exciting destination and immerse yourself in the culture of your hosts.