ACC collaborative funds study abroad programs

By Cheryl Walker
May 26, 2006

The Atlantic Coast Conference International Academic Collaborative (ACC/IAC) has awarded two grants to Wake Forest University faculty and staff for international study programs.

The management committee of the ACC/IAC, made up of chief international officers at 11 ACC institutions, selected the two projects for funding from a variety of proposals submitted by ACC schools. At least two ACC schools had to collaborate on each proposal to be considered.

Sylvain Boko, Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Economics, collaborated with Craig C. Brookins, associate professor of economics at North Carolina State University, to propose a three-week faculty development seminar focused on "Post-conflict Reconciliation in Africa." Boko and Brookins will lead a group of faculty from ACC schools in summer 2007 to Uganda, Rwanda and South Africa to study the historical, political, economic and socio-cultural dynamics that have influenced the internal conflicts and their aftermath in those countries.

Faculty and staff members from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech received a grant to develop a two-year undergraduate summer study abroad program in Vietnam. The following will work on the project: Mary Gerardy, associate vice president for student life at Wake Forest; David Phillips, chair of Wake Forest's department of East Asian languages and cultures; Saylor Breckenridge, assistant professor of sociology at Wake Forest; Bill J. Leonard, dean of Wake Forest's Divinity School, and Anthony Songer, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech.

Undergraduate students from ACC universities will spend five weeks in Vietnam taking courses that will focus on assessing village needs, getting to know the local community environment, and studying social and cultural factors related to the design and construction of schools, clinics, and/or homes in the region. The students will also travel throughout the country in order to understand better the people and culture of Vietnam. Undergraduate students from all ACC schools will be eligible to apply to attend the program.