Summer Session: UF Graduate School Heads to Colombia

Release Date: May 14 2018

The University of Florida Graduate School’s global reach spreads south this summer to Bogotá, Colombia, where one faculty member and four graduate students will teach at La Salle University’s 2018 Summer Academy June 12-22 and July 16-27.

Coordinated by the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate International Outreach (OGIO), this year’s team of traveling educators will cover a wide array of topics:

  • “Business Plan Development and Proposal Writing for Social Entrepreneurship” (Dr. Yulia Strekalova, College of Journalism and Communications Assistant Professor).
  • “Cross-Cultural Leadership” (Philip Daniels, Counseling and Counselor Education Doctor of Philosophy student).
  • “Cultural Diversity” (Debolina Ghosh, Marriage and Family Counseling Doctor of Philosophy student).
  • “Sustainable Transport Systems” (Pruthvi Manjunatha, Civil Engineering Doctor of Philosophy student).
  • “What Makes Art, Art?” (Afsheen Misaghi, Theatre Master of Fine Arts student).

These five will hone multicultural teaching skills and build educational bridges across borders by engaging local and foreign undergraduate students in 40 hours of intensive classwork over two weeks, with lodging, travel, and cultural activities provided by their host institution.

UF involvement in this international partnership began last year with four graduate students teaching at the Summer Academy at La Salle, while another two taught at North University in Barranquilla, Colombia.

To learn more online about this year’s La Salle Summer Academy, click on this link:

To explore future OGIO opportunities, email Dr. Emilia Hodge, the UF Graduate School’s Director of Graduate Education Outreach, at