Diasporic Knowledge Remittance Study Abroad Program
2015 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Community College
Nomination submitted by: Beverly Moore-Garcia, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Miami Dade College graduates more Hispanic and African American students than any other institution in the country, creating a unique platform for engaging students with their heritage countries and cultures in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The Diasporic Knowledge Remittance Study Abroad Program, created by Miami Dade College, allows non-traditional students to study abroad in the health sciences and reconnect with their countries of heritage in the Caribbean and Latin America while enhancing their global health competency. The study abroad programs in the health sciences include; physician assistant, nursing, dental hygiene, and vision care and are located in Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
These programs advance Miami Dade’s strategic goal of preparing students to be engaged global citizens by offering culturally inclusive pedagogy, internationalized curriculum, and foreign-based experiential learning. In addition to providing skills based opportunities for students, the program has created relationships and knowledge exchange between college faculty and medical and nursing colleges overseas.
Exposing students to healthcare practices and service-learning in international settings enhances their cultural competence and civic engagement, as well as their global education experiences. Students return from the program with an increased awareness of the health care systems in those countries, and disparities and factors that influence health. Students also gain a deeper understanding of the medical and social needs in the Caribbean community and build a stronger foundation to provide culturally competent care to minority communities in the U.S.
The Diaspora Knowledge Remittance Study Abroad Program is a model that can be used in additional career fields and in other world regions. The model provides students with the opportunity to enhance their own professional skills while using their knowledge to benefit their families’ countries of origin.