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CAORC announces awards for the 2024 Overseas Faculty Development Seminar in Senegal

The African Renaissance Monument, Dakar, Senegal

The Council for American Overseas Research Centers has announced the 2024 awards for faculty to participate in an Overseas Faculty Development Seminar in Senegal. Fifteen faculty members from US community colleges and minority-serving institutions have been selected to participate in West Africa and the Diaspora—Continuities and Transformations in January 2024. This seminar, administered by CAORC in collaboration with the West African Research Association and its member center in Senegal, the West Africa Research Center, funds participation in a two-week workshop in Dakar that will also include visits to Gorée Island, Toubacouta, and Saint-Louis, among other locations. This seminar will feature lectures, site visits, panel discussions, and film screenings on the history, culture, arts, economy, and political life of Senegal, with a focus on connections between West Africa and the diaspora.

The Overseas Faculty Development Seminars are fully-funded overseas seminars that help faculty and administrators at US community colleges and minority-serving institutions gain international experience with the aim of developing and improving international courses, curricula, and teaching materials at their home institutions. Awarded participants for these seminars receive round-trip travel, accommodations, and meals for the duration of the two-week seminar. CAORC faculty development seminars are run in partnership with participating Overseas Research Centers (ORCs) and are generously supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Additional Overseas Faculty Development Seminars are planned for the summer of 2024 in Mongolia, Cambodia, and Mexico. Learn more about the OFDS program page at

The 2024 awardees are:

Habiba Boumlik, Professor, Education and Language Acquisition

CUNY LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY


Carlos Briones, Professor, Humanities and Philosophy

Oakton College, Des Plaines, IL


Ricardo Castro-Salazar, Staff/Administrator, Teaching and Learning Center

Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ


Dania Dwyer, Professor, Composition and Literary Studies

Austin Community College, Austin, TX


Norma George, Professor, Humanities

Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA


Mary Haight, Instructor, World Languages

Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI


Melanie Holmes, Instructor, History

Howard University, Washington, DC


Sandra Jowers, Staff Administrator, Humanities and Criminology

University of the District of Columbia Community College, Washington, DC


Lisa Luengo, Instructor, Humanities

Green River College, Auburn, WA


Yaisa Mann, Professor, English

Langston University, Langston, OK


Dialika Sall, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Lehman College-CUNY, Bronx, NY


Ashley Sanchez, Instructor, Sociology

Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA


Douglas Schultz Jr., Professor, Mass Communications

Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA


Elka Stevens, Associate Professor, Art

Howard University, Washington, DC


Diamond Wilson, Professor, English and Foreign Languages

Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA


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