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Global Engagement Grant Recipients 2020

Social Entrepreneurship Program - Brazos Valley & Global Artisans

William A. Brown, Ph.D, PI
Bush School of Government and Public Service
John T. Manhire, Ph.D, PI
Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff
School of Innovation
Andrew P. Morriss, Ph.D, PI
Professor, Bush School of Government and Public Service
Dean, School of Innovation
Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Robert Shandley, Ph.D, PI
Professor, College of Liberal Arts
Associate Dean, School of Innovation

Program Summary
The Social Entrepreneurship Program creates student learning experiences by connecting the 2nd largest pathway from poverty to prosperity in the world, the artisan sector, with student ingenuity and innovation. There are two phases to this program. The first is essentially a marketing/sales/ promotion educational opportunity for international artisans to be hosted in Texas, educate our local citizenry on their goods and business models, and establish direct sales with supporters/purchasers. The second phase involves curated teams of students and faculty from multiple disciplines across Texas A&M to establish a relationship with each entrepreneur through the artisan’s time in Texas, and ultimately facilitate multiple group field trips for students to the artisan’s home community around the world to survey the most pressing social needs of the community and develop practical solutions for these problems.   The intent will be to develop long term, multi-experiential opportunities for students, artisans and faculty to connect real world learning with social entrepreneurship in practice.  This second phase is a global community engagement complement to the I-School’s established Innovation [X] program.  The program will eventually establish an annual artisans fair with community support, bringing dozens of accomplished artists and artisans to campus. A percentage of the proceeds of their sales will then, in turn, be used to address needs in their native communities. This is both an opportunity for artisan entrepreneurs to market their products internationally, and for students and faculty to engage in real-world, multidisciplinary projects with significant social impact.

FORWARD: Toward Resilient and Food Secure Communities in the Face of Global Threats – Lebanon and Qatar
Valentini Pappa, PhD, Lead PI
Assistant Director of Education
Texas A&M Energy Institute
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Rabi H. Mohtar, PhD, PI
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
American University of Beirut

Michelle Meyer, PhD, PI
Director and Assistant Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
Co-PI:  Ahmed Abdel-WahabMirella AounBassel DaherGhada Salma
FORWARD offers a one-month transformative international experience in which Texas A&M students will acquire the knowledge and tools to impact and improve the resilience and food security of communities under different natural hazards scenarios. The Student Research Experience will occur in either Lebanon (AREC at AUB) or Qatar (TAMUQ). These two locations, which have functioning MOUs affirming their institutional commitment to working together will also support the attendance at WEF and Food Security conferences in the Middle East. The program also includes the opportunity to attend never-before-offered courses at Texas A&M and taught by AUB and TAMUQ faculty members. Students will participate in a “Special Topics Seminar Series” offered by speakers from across the world. Top performing students will receive financial support to attend a special food security conference; all students will present their brief communication paper at the new “Disaster PRIMR Conference”, taking place at Texas A&M, USA. The requested funding for FORWARD will establish a program that will become self-sustaining and self-funded through the continuing recruitment support of the Institute of International Awareness. FORWARD is open to students currently earning a Master of Science in Energy or following the Certificate in Energy, or Certificate in Environmental Hazard Management, or the successful completion of any graduate degree program at Texas A&M.  The Texas A&M Energy Institute will do the recruitment in cooperation with the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, the Institute of International Awareness, and the College of Architecture. 

Educator Network Grant for Aggies in a Global Environment – South Africa
(E.N.G.A.G.E. – SA)

Cassidy Caldwell, PI
Graduate Student, Multicultural Education
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture (TLAC)

Garth V. Crosby, Dip. Ed. Ph.D, PI
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
AggieTEACH-Engineering, Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology
Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution

Rebecca Hankins Ph.D, PI
Certified Archivist, Librarian/Curator                                    
Affiliated Faculty: Interdisciplinary Critical Studies             
Presidential Appointee: National Historical Publications & Records Commission, Nat’l Archives

Valerie Hill-Jackson, Ph.D, PI
Assistant Dean, Educator Preparation and School Partnerships
Clinical Professor, Teacher Education
Office of the Dean

Laura Wilding, PI
AggieTEACH-Science, Program Coordinator
Dean's Office, College of Science

Melanie Moser Ph.D, PI
Chair of Foundational Sciences |Advisor

Jemimah L. Young, Ph.D, PI
Multicultural Education Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Multicultural Education and Urban Education
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture (TLAC)
The Educator Network Grant for Aggies in a Global Environment, South Africa (E.N.G.A.G.E. – SA), an innovative experiential initiative, utilizes the best aspects of the College of Education and Human Development’s (CEHD) clinical teaching practices and elevates the experiences for prospective science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators.  The aim of this project is to develop an innovative STEM ‘tutor/teach abroad’ program for AggieTEACH students in partnership with the University of Cape Town (UCT) – a world-class institution. The CEHD, Africana Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), AggieTEACH programs affiliated with the Department of Marine Biology at TAMU Galveston, College of Science, and College of Engineering, as well as the Schools Improvement Initiative (SII)2 at the UCT, South Africa. All entities are collaborating to offer future AggieTEACH students from STEM-related colleges and South African teachers a transformative field experience. Through coursework and early field teaching experiences, prospective secondary STEM teachers will become familiar with theories and issues related to diversity, globalism, culture, intercultural sensitivity and communication. These cultural competency skills for educators impact the teaching and learning process (Bottiani, Larson, Debnam, Bischoff, & Bradshaw, 2018; McAllister, & Irvine, 2000) are often overlooked in the STEM fields (Joy, Aryana, & Leonard, 2019; Santiago, 2017). During their international practicum experience, prospective AggieTEACH educators will apply these theories while tutoring a group of diverse learners in South African classrooms and reflect on their efforts.

The Growing Importance of Global Health Security - Rio Grande Valley & Nicauragua
Christine Crudo Blackburn, Ph.D, PI
Deputy Director, Pandemic and Biosecurity Program
Assistant Research Scientist
Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government & Public Service
Rebecca Fischer, Ph.D, PI
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Public Health
Leslie Ruyle, Ph.D, PI
Associate Director, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs
Associate Research Scientist
The Bush School of Government and Public Service
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology
The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated the way in which infectious diseases move fluidly across borders. An emerging infectious disease can easily spread across the globe in a matter of weeks. Our modern-day interconnectedness makes the interface between science and policy increasingly important and requires innovative strategies to protect human health. Well-designed, scientifically-based policy can make an important difference in our ability to identify and contain infectious diseases. For this reason, understanding the intersection of science and policy, as well as the borderless movement of infectious disease, is vital to global health security.  This project aims to introduce students to the growing importance of global health security by increasing their knowledge about the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases impacts through personal engagement with public health leaders and research from local (Texas-Rio Grande Valley) and international (Mexico and Nicaragua) importance.  Students will gain an understanding of the interaction between humans, animals, and the environment—Global One Health—and learn about how policy and science intersect.  To meet these goals, students will study one of the most widespread vector-borne diseases in the world – Dengue fever.  Students will learn about disease epidemiology, vector ecology, and vector-control policies, as well as an appreciation for challenges to controlling spread of infectious diseases across international borders through social science fieldwork. They will also identify and articulate differences in these factors between individuals in endemic countries and the United States of America. 


Global Engagement Grant Recipients 2019

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