|Dr. Joseph Sankoh|
The Senior Specialist Fulbright Award will build upon Dr. Sankoh's academic training and teaching expertise in the areas of Service Learning (SL), globalization, and the African diaspora, and will enable him to extend research interests addressing refugee and immigrant communities and in comparative genocide. Dr. Sankoh was instrumental in developing the Service Learning (SL) program at Daemen and has taught many SL courses that bring Daemen students into communities and neighborhoods in the Buffalo area. His Service Learning for Refugee Studies course provides Daemen students the opportunity to examine issues facing refugees from a global perspective, with placements that allow Daemen students to work with refugee communities in the Buffalo region. Students learn from the immigrant and refugee groups while also providing them with assistance. This course has been emulated by other departments at Daemen and is a cornerstone of a new Refugee Studies proposal that Dr. Sankoh is developing. Dr. Sankoh has also collaborated on such efforts as last summer's panel discussion (among refugees) for World Refugee Day, discussed at his blog post from July 2013.