Summer Study Abroad -
Jamaica Service-Learning Program (JSLP)
Study Abroad Coordinator: Christian Wilwohl
Faculty Director: Prof. La Tasha Brown
June 1 - June 30, 2014
is the third largest island nation in the Caribbean region. It encompasses a wide range of identities, languages, religions, cultures and intertwining histories. The island nation is approximately 581 miles south of the United States (Miami, Florida). It is a developing nation of approximately 2.7 million people.
The Jamaica Service-Learning Program (JSLP) will be located in Northern Kingston at the University of the West Indies at Mona. The campus is situated in a lush valley embraced by Long Mountain to the south and the southernmost peaks of the famous Blue Mountain Range to the North. Mona is perhaps one of the most scenic areas in Greater Kingston, with the surrounding mountains providing a verdant backdrop which enhances the serene atmosphere of the campus.
University of the West Indies at Mona
This study abroad program/course if offered by the Black Studies Department and will provide students with an introduction into Jamaica’s socio-political history as well as to the contemporary issues relevant to the island nation and its people. Through an interdisciplinary approach the program/course will introduce students to how the Jamaican cultural identity evolved into its contemporary form. The course is organized thematically but it proceeds in chronological order to focus on the major socio-political, economic and cultural period of change in the Jamaican society. Site visits, lectures/discussions with Jamaican faculty and community leaders, and service projects will reinforce the course content.
There will an online component to this this study abroad program/course.
The service-learning component of the program will take place at the Alpha Boys School: http://www.alphaboysschool.org/school/
Dr. La Tasha Brown
La Tasha Amelia Brown completed her PhD degree in Comparative Cultural Studies
at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. Dr. Brown is Assistant Professor in Department of Black Studies. She holds an M.A. in African New World Studies (now African and African Diasporic Studies) with a concentration in Cultural Studies from Florida International University and a B.A. in History with a Minor in English Literature from St. Lawrence University. Her areas of specialization include: Caribbean Black Diaspora Identity; Intersections of Class, Race, and Gender; Popular Culture; African American History & Culture and Black British Identity & Culture. Dr. Brown has conducted field research in Jamaica and has lived as well as traveled throughout the Caribbean region, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Students will receive six credits upon successful completion of the program. More specific information about the course designation will be available soon.
Students wishing to participate in the seminar for credit must be students in good standing at an accredited college with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher. Admission into the program is selective and based on the quality of students' applications.
Students will be housed in a residence hall (single occupancy) at the University of West Indies campus.
A group flight will be organized for this program. Participants will given instructions about ticket purchase and procedures in late January.
Students will have some free time during their stay in Jamaica. The University of the West Indies at Mona campus has numerous eateries and amenities available to students.
Not required for U.S. citizens