WGSS 26
Community Mobilization in Senegal for Public Health and Economic Empowerment Winter 2023

Class Details

This class will take a group of 6 students to Senegal to learn about successes and challenges in grassroots organizing, with a focus on the interrelated areas of public health — especially Covid and HIV — women’s rights, and economic empowerment, including through cooperatives. We will build on established relationships in Senegal, where the instructor has taken several groups of students since 2006. That country has many lessons to teach, as a majority Muslim culture where women have created and continue to build cooperatively owned enterprises, a West African country that has had a good degree of success fighting Covid and consistently kept the rate of HIV prevalence under 1%, and a diverse culture with a democratic tradition of tolerance, even celebration of ethnic difference. Our hosts, ACI’s Baobab Center, have a strong record of working with visiting scholars and students to teach them local languages and orient them to Senegalese culture, as well as a deep and well-respected history of capacity-building work with local groups working on HIV, public health, women’s rights, and LGBTQ issues. We will spend our first week in Dakar, the capital, with students doing homestays with Senegalese families. We will attend Wolof classes and lectures on local issues as well as visiting NGOs. In our second week we will move inland to the town of Kaolack, where we will be hosted by the Association pour la Promotion de la Femme Sénégalaise, a 30-year-old group with an extensive record of empowerment of village women through strategies ranging from small-scale credit to popular education and theater.
The Class: Format: travel
Limit: 6
Expected: NA
Class#: 1025
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: A 10-page paper.
Prerequisites: Preference will be given to students with skills in French and a demonstrated interest in public health and/or women's economic empowerment.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to students with skills in French and a demonstrated interest in public health and/or women's economic empowerment. Students applying for the class will be asked to provide the instructor with a statement of purpose.
Materials/Lab Fee: $4,845
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
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