Congratulations to Dr. Theresa Early, of The Ohio State University College of Social Work, who has been awarded a nine-month Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research with faculty and students at the Autonomous University of Mexico’s National School of Social Work in Mexico City. An associate professor and doctoral program director, Early’s study is titled “Youth as Social Actors: Countering Crime and Improving Neighborhoods in Mexico City.” She is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.
Beginning in August, Early will collaborate with lead investigator Professor Eli Evangelista, a former administrator for the city government of Mexico City, which rivals the national government in funding and programming for human and social services. She will work with him on his current projects about participatory action/youth development in various neighborhoods in Mexico City, in which students and faculty join with youth to identify community improvements from the youths’ perspectives, and strategies and tactics to achieve results.
“I intend to help document what they are doing and work on developing evaluation plans and instruments, both for their local efforts and to make comparisons with similar projects in the U.S.,” said Early. “ From what I have seen, Evangelista’s work is cutting edge and I think we can learn from it.”
To check our Early’s blog, visit http://social-work-mexico.blogspot.com.
For more information about Early, click here or call College of Social Work Communications Director Frankie Jones-Harris at 614/292-3540.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people – 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Among the thousands of prominent Fulbright alumni are: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006; Javier Solana, Foreign Policy Chief, European Union; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation; Shamshad Akhtar, the first woman to hold the position of Governor, State Bank of Pakistan; Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization; Raoul Cantero, Justice, Florida Supreme Court; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; Daniel Libeskind, Architect; Aneesh Raman, CNN Middle East Correspondent; and Sibusiso Sibisi, President and CEO, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.
Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit the website at http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-453-8531, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.