Each year the Global Health Program welcomes and hosts faculty, students and staff from our international partnerships and programs on Cornell’s campus.
As a part of our collaboration with KCMU-Co in Moshi, Tanzania, the Global Health Program hosts up to two international scholars from KCMU-Co every spring. During their time on campus, visiting scholars attend classes and explore their academic interests, while also interacting with students in the Global Health Program both in and out of the classroom. Since the program was established in 2011, Cornell has hosted 13 visiting scholars from KCMU-Co.
“Halfway across the world, we couldn’t help but embrace the challenges and excitement of being in the US and at Cornell University. We were welcomed by the cold weather, although we found no snow…“lucky us”, we thought. We met the most wonderful, lively people who were eager to listen and share experiences from our different cultures and lives. We also had the opportunity to explore the beautiful campus, to attend meetings, give presentations, engage in discussions in some of the myriad events in our schedule, and even had time to be spontaneous and have fun with not only the global health students, but so many new friends from different classes. Interacting with Professor N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba and her class in the Africana Studies and Research Centre was one of our favorite events, and of course, our last meal with Professor Jeanne Moseley at the Statler Cornell Hotel and meeting Professor Stacey A. Langwick at the AD White House. As medical students from KCMU-Co, getting together with the Cornell students in the global health program has been life changing, broadening our perspectives both generally and in health issues, and also making lifelong friends and colleagues. These are the connections that ought to help make important changes if sustained and put to proper use.”
Drs. Nancy Urassa & Ayubu Mashambo (Visiting Scholars, Spring 2017)
“I think that the whole experience of hosting Ayubu and Nancy was defined by reciprocity. From the beginning, I wanted to make sure that they received the support and community that they had given to me in summer 2015. One way to achieve this was reflecting back on what I appreciated in Tanzania in order to anticipate any of their needs.
Having taken on both the role of host and guest in two different countries really allowed us the chance to understand and emphasize with each other's backgrounds. I believe that in this way we were able to achieve a familiarity and friendship that pushed us to challenge each other more whether it was through conversations about birth control and healthcare, discussing personal issues, or trying new things. In the end, we all came to appreciate each other more as friends and as professionals. I certainly hope there will be more chances in the future to continue our practice of reciprocity and to build on our foundation of trust”.
Adina Zhang, ’17 (Biological Engineering, Global Health Minor)