Join HC3 for the second University Initiative Webinar “Models of University Engagement with Practice” on November 25, 2014 from 9:00AM – 10:00AM EST (US) / 2:00PM-3:00PM Monrovia (GMT UTC) time / 5:00PM-6:00PM Addis Ababa (EAT UTC+3) time.
The webinar will focus on how universities can strengthen their links to the community by working with faculty to incorporate service learning activities into their coursework, facilitating mentoring for university students placed in health communication/health education projects and organizing student internship programs with government health agencies. Dr. Doug Storey, Director for Communication Science and Research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, will moderate the webinar.
Webinar panelists include:
Dr. Taye Tolemariam, PhD
Dr. Tolemariam serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Jimma University in Ethiopia. He has served as registrar and Vice President for academics, research and student affairs for over eight years, coordinating local and international projects in the same institution. To assist his administrations and teaching skills, he attended training certificate programs in education, leadership and management. Dr. Tolemariam has taught various courses related to animal production from training certificate to PhD levels, and has supervised over 20 students at MSc and PhD level. He has published numerous proceedings and teaching materials, and has been published in 26 journals.
Elizabeth Doerr, MA
Elizabeth is the Associate Director of SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), the community service and service-learning center serving the Johns Hopkins University’s Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. Previously, she was the Coordinator for Leadership & Community Service-Learning, Immersion Experiences at the University of Maryland, College Park. Elizabeth has lived, worked and traveled extensively in Latin America and Africa. Elizabeth served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Southeastern Africa where her primary focus was HIV/AIDS education. Later, she returned to the US to work as a Peace Corps Recruiter in the Washington, DC recruitment office. While at the University of Maryland, Elizabeth became a founding member of the Haiti Compact: Higher Ed with Haiti, a unique collaboration between five universities and the national alternative breaks organization, Break Away to provide long-term and effective assistance in rebuilding and empowerment through Alternative Break trips. Elizabeth is originally from Washington State and earned her MA in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland and her BA in Rhetoric/Media Studies and Spanish at Willamette University in Salem, OR.
During her nearly 20 years at JHU∙CCP, Elizabeth Thompson Serlemitsos has worked on a diverse range of projects with a demonstrated focus on helping to create a new generation of African health communication professionals. She built the capacity of individuals through the “by the youth for the youth” HEART campaign which, launched 15 years ago in Zambia, and remains a part of the vocabulary of Zambian youth today. She also mentored Zambian youth through the entire run of Trendsetters, a youth sexual and reproductive health newspaper initiated by the Youth Activists Organization football camps, and supported the launching of the Bauze Youth Centre by African Directions, which now operates 3 youth centers in Zambia. As Senior Technical Advisor, Capacity Building for the Tanzania Capacity and Communication Project (TCCP), Elizabeth designed and launched an innovative mentoring program called ACE- Advancing Communication Experientially. She also helped Muhimbili University to create a Master’s degree in health communication, designed and implemented a radio distance learning program for community volunteers and rolled out a Tanzanian adaptation of the Leadership in Strategic Health Communication course to regional and district health managers across the country. She is currently serving as Director of the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) Liberia Ebola Program.