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MSC professor to share experiences from leadership program in Senegal, West Africa

October 13, 2020


Murray State College Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez will offer two presentations to discuss her experiences from earlier this year in a grant-funded faculty-development seminar in Senegal, West Africa.   Presentations will take place Tuesday, October 20 at 3 p.m. in Tishomingo’s Fletcher Auditorium and Thursday, October 22 at 3 p.m. in room 151 at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore. The public is invited to attend remotely via Zoom with passcode: 591834 at the following link:
The presentations will also be available by phone at 1-346-248-799.

Her application rising to the top in a pool of more than 150 applicants, Jacobs-Pollez was awarded the grant to attend from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and the West African Research Center(WARC).  The seminar, which took place January 6-23, 2020 in Senegal’s capital city of Dakar, focused on the history, culture, economy, and political life of Senegal, with a special emphasis on the country’s spiritual diversity and interreligious dialogue and tolerance.

“In January I was fortunate to be chosen for a grant to travel to Senegal, the westernmost country in Africa. We learned about Senegal’s history and culture, the work being done to bring more rights to women, and incredible efforts they are making to bring medical treatment to everyone, including the people who live in tiny rural villages.  It was an amazing experience that I look forward to sharing,” said Jacobs-Pollez.

The grant application was submitted as part of recent interfaith and cultural awareness efforts by Jacobs-Pollez and others on MSC’s Cultural Events Committee.  Geared toward community college faculty and minority-serving institutions in the U.S., the two-week conference featured lectures, panels, film screenings, and discussions to help attendees better understand the complexities of diversity, religion, and migration in contemporary West Africa.

“Dr. Jacobs-Pollez and our Cultural Events Committee have been working very hard to bring knowledge and understanding of diverse populations to students in southern Oklahoma.  Knowledge gained through this globalized learning environment will be very beneficial when shared by Dr. Jacobs-Pollez with colleagues and students,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

For information, contact Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez at​