Allegheny Professor to Join Webinar Panelists in Global Health Education Discussion

Allegheny Global Health Studies Associate Professor Caryl Waggett will join three other educators for a live-streamed seminar titled “Shaping Teaching and Learning to Address a Global Health Crisis: COVID-19 and Global Health,” at 2 p.m. (EST) Friday, May 1.

The free session is hosted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, a national association headquartered in Washington, D.C., that focuses on improving undergraduate education and advancing liberal education.

Allegheny Associate Professor Caryl Waggett will be part of a nationwide webinar on May 1.

The panel discussion will distill some bright moments in global health education from the massive changes that have transpired over the past months. It also will reflect on some of the less tangible losses to global health education – as fear and isolationism take hold of collective psyches and as many of the opportunities for deeper intercultural connections are curtailed and may be hindered over time. The group also will talk about some of the short-term and more-lasting implications of the pandemic on global health and higher education.

Waggett will be joined by panel moderator Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president at the Association of American Colleges and Universities; Barbara Astle, director of the MSN program and associate professor in the School of Nursing at Trinity Western University in Canada, and Jessica Evert, executive director of Child Family Health International.

The panel will discuss and invite comments about how higher education has moved online in response to COVID-19 and how faculty have had to redesign and deliver courses that emphasize field-based and experiential learning. The webinar will explore emerging models from the field of global health, where students are expected to address public health challenges through community-based learning experiences—even during a global health pandemic. Participants will be asked to share practical advice and effective strategies for adapting teaching and learning practices, integrating the crisis into current courses, sustaining community engagement, and anticipating student vulnerabilities.

Registration information for the webinar is available here.

Global Health Studies at Allegheny College

Allegheny College is proud to be among a handful of American liberal arts colleges that offer a program in global health studies. The program draws upon Allegheny’s longstanding commitments to civic engagement, diverse perspectives, internationalization, project-based and interdisciplinary learning. Learn more here.