Students heading to Liberia for the summer


Tuskegee Education Abroad program participants pose with their professor, Dr. Thierno Thiam.

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 23, 2014) — The Tuskegee Education Abroad program is helping develop an education partnership in Liberia. The program is sending six students to Monrovia, June 29-Aug. 10. The students will serve as mentors at African Methodist Episcopal University’s bridge program, which is designed to attract and prepare high school students for college. 

Thierno Thiam, assistant professor of political science, said the trip would also expose Tuskegee students to the dynamics of post-conflict recovery in Liberia and provide them with an understanding of a critical part of African culture.

“We can teach our students everything in the book and more. But, global literacy, a prerequisite in the 21st century, stems from the simple and yet resolute act of literally putting a foot down in unfamiliar territory. There is no substitute for direct learning,” Thiam said. 

This program trip stems from a visit from African Methodist Episcopal University’s president, Joseph Isaac. December 2013, Issac visited Tuskegee to discuss possible collaborations and student and faculty exchange opportunities. 

The students participating in the study abroad program are:
  • Monyai Chavers, double major, English and political science
  • Kierunya Davis, psychology major
  • Christian Felton, math major
  • Jazlyn Fuller, double major, psychology and sociology 
  • Miriam Hammond, double major, English and political science
  • Aristotle Jones, double major, English and political science

Program participants get lecture from Dr. Thiam.

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