UPDATE: The Black Lives Matter: A Global Comparative Study Wins the GoAbroad Innovative Study Abroad Program Award!

June 7, 2023

Five Finalists, One Winner — UWM’s Black Lives Matter: A Global Comparative Study has been selected as the WINNER of GoAbroad’s 2023 Innovation Award for the category of “Innovative Study Abroad Program”! We were pleased to send Christine Wolf, Assistant Director of Global and International Studies, and a CIE NRC grant project lead, to receive this award in person at the annual NAFSA Association of International Educators Conference.

Congratulations again to our faculty and colleagues in Global Studies and Study Abroad, and their partners at CEA CAPA Education Abroad, for developing this transformative experience for the students.

Read more about this award and the other winning projects here: 2023 Innovation Award Finalists & Winners | GoAbroad Corporate Blog

UWM and CEA CAPA receive Innovation Award

Black Lives Matter: A Global Comparative Study in the UK selected as a finalist for the GoAbroad Innovation Award!

May 31, 2023

Congratulations to UWM’s Black Lives Matter: A Global Comparative Study in the UK faculty-led study abroad program which has been selected as a finalist for the GoAbroad Innovation Awards in the category of Innovative Study Abroad Program! The winners will be announced this week (May 30 – June 2, 2023) at GoAbroad’s reception at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference.

With faculty funding support from CIE’s National Resource Center (NRC) Grant, the on-campus version of this course saw a second round in Fall 2022, team-taught by the following five individuals:

  • David Pate, Associate Professor of Social Work (Helen Bader School of Social Welfare)
  • Portia Cobb, Associate Professor (Film, Video, Animation and New Genres, Peck School of the Arts)
  • Demetrius Williams, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies (Department of Global Studies)
  • Jennifer Kibicho, PhD, DTM, Associate Professor (College of Nursing)
  • Sarah Davies-Cordova, Professor of French (Department of Global Studies)

You can find more about the on-campus and study abroad course offerings for the 2023/24 academic year here: https://uwm.edu/cie/study-abroad/start-here/blm-a-global-comparative-study/.

Program Impact

“The Black Lives Matter: A Comparative Study winter study abroad has widened my perception of what it means to be a student. I discovered not only a new country but I also embraced the authentic truth found in Blackness through history, trauma, art, music and joy. [Now] as a student I seek what is beyond the classroom. I ask more questions and find determination to lead others into the self discovery of their culture.”

~ Yazmin Cruz, UWM Student