On Monday, September 10, the College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) held a reception to welcome faculty and friends back for the new school year. The theme for the evening was “The International Experience”. Dean Marilyn Newhoff kicked off the evening by welcoming everyone and commented that all undergraduates in CHHS were required to have an international experience to receive their degree. She then introduced Provost Nancy Marlin who continued on the theme of the importance of international study. She noted that SDSU is ranked 22nd in the nation for the number of students studying abroad each year.
CHHS International Coordinator Suzanne Baker talked about one way for CHHS students to meet their requirement – HHS 350, a semester-long class that included both a classroom-based curriculum and an international trip. HHS 350 trips will be offered to nine counties this year: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Mexico, Scotland, Switzerland and Thailand. Students can also fulfill this requirement with any international study option offered for credit by SDSU.
Suzanne introduced two students who recently completed international experiences. Preston Tang recently graduated from the School of Social Work and studied in Costa Rica in 2011. He noted that the experience of seeing a different country made him more aware of international issues and inspired him to become a more involved advocate for LGBT rights in Singapore. Kristen Shaver is in her last year at the School of Nursing and has studied in both China (with HHS 350) and Switzerland. She thanked the donors that made her China trip possible. That trip inspired her to participate in a summer-long program in Switzerland where she studied with nurses from several countries. Both students talked about how their international exposure made them more culturally sensitive and more responsible to their clients.
While the theme of this evening was concentrated on undergraduate international studies, Dean Newhoff also noted that there were opportunities for graduate students to study abroad as well. She wrapped up the evening with thanks to the speakers and hearty wishes for a great 2012/2013 school year.
- See the CHHS Undergraduate International Experience site.