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UMD-Summer: Ghana: Corporate Social Responsibility: A Strategy for Sustainable Development (AAPS)

Accra, Ghana
Cape Coast, Ghana
Kumasi, Ghana
Tema, Ghana
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Ghana 2017
The persisting underdevelopment within regions of the world, particularly in Africa suggests that tried initiatives have failed to eradicate poverty. To these ends, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is considered an alternative development strategy that recognizes the power of Multinational Corporations in a globalized world, as an agent with the potential to bring about positive change in developing nations. Student Ambassadors will explore the practice of CSR and its ability to affect social development in Ghana from a multi-stakeholder perspective. In Ghana, Student Ambassadors will be engaged in experiential learning, allowing for the transfer of theory into practice, and a transformation of preconceived beliefs based on their lived Ghanaian experience and understanding. Student Ambassadors' will learn of the Ghanaian perspective through lectures by professors of the University of Ghana and Central University College, daily exchanges with Ghanaian students, informed discussions with development experts, dialogues with representatives from non-governmental organizations, and through personal narratives of local Ghanaians.

A holistic perspective of the Ghanaian livelihood will be experienced as we travel from the city to rural Ghana, and all spaces in between via historical and cultural excursions. You will partner with a non-profit organization in Ghana on a service learning project that has been jointly designed with sensitives to local needs and one that is sustainable - having a long term impact on the community. The overall objective of the course is to afford you with a unique perspective on approaches to sustainable development, advocate for social justice, and to consider the value of cultural norms in the development agenda. The sum of the experience is to result in global citizens!

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and non-UMD sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • AAPS 300: Corporate Social Responsibility: Ghana  A Strategy for Sustainable Educational Development

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

You will stay in shared accommodations in student dorms.  The rooms are double occupancy and furnished with a bed, a locker, a reading table, and a chair for each person. Each room has a bathroom and a small kitchen. 

Costs listed are current for summer 2017. Costs for summer 2018 will be updated shortly.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $1,920
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $500
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $0
Visa $60
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course Materials $25
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $200
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Rhea Roper Nedd, is the Program Director. She earned her Ph.D. from Howard University in 2007, her Master of Arts from The Catholic University of America in 2002, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2000. Rhea Roper Nedd's professional experiences consist of teaching and higher education program administration specializing in the development of interventions and services that lead to the retention and graduation of underrepresented groups. As the Associate Director of the McNair Scholars Program she works with a select group of high academic achievers to prepare them for matriculation into doctoral programs upon graduation, through the teaching of research methodologies and the dissertation writing process. Prior to joining the McNair Scholars Program she served as the Assistant Director of the Pre-College Programs-Upward Bound Programs at the University of Maryland, College Park. As an Adjunct Professor at Howard University, she has taught a number of courses in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

Her primary research and teaching interests focus on educational and social development of marginalized populations defined by racial, ethnic, and gendered underrepresentation, as well as socio-economic status. Her research and work explores the intersections between: education and social development; cognitive and non-cognitive indicators of development; access to higher education; corporate social responsibility as a strategy of sustainable development; good governance; and poverty reduction initiatives. 

Dr. Roper Nedd is experienced at conducing field work internationally and has collaborated with businesses, non-governmental organizations, community leaders and other stakeholders for the purposes of data collection. The Corporate Social Responsibility: Ghana program would be Dr. Roper Nedd's third education abroad trip with students. In 2007 and 2008 she was the lead researcher on two 7-day education abroad programs to Puerto Rico. Each Program consisted of 10 University of Maryland's Upward Bound Program students. The Program was a science based research project titled the "Exploration of Ecosystems" and it consisted of pre and post departure classes as well as the Puerto Rico based field work that was conducted in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Jerry L. Lewis is Executive Director of Academic Achievement Programs, (AAP) University of Maryland, College Park, MD. As Executive Director of AAP, he supervises two state programs, Summer Transitional Program (STP), Intensive Educational Development Program (IED) and three Federal TRIO programs, EOC, McNair and SSS. Dr. Lewis directed the Upward Bound at UMD for 17 years and at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska for two and one half years. He is the original author the UMD's Talent Search, McNair and EOC programs. He has more than 43 years of Higher Education administration experience and more than 40 years of TRIO program administration experience.

Dr. Lewis has played major roles in the development of TRIO presence in the National Policy arena; he is a Founders of MEAEOPP, his regional TRIO professional association, he is also a founder of National Coordinating Council, now, Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). He has testified before the House of Representatives and the US Senate Appropriation and Authorization Committees on several occasions on behalf of TRIO programs. He has served on the COE's Board of Directors in several capacities. Dr. Lewis is a Certified Grant Writer (writing more 27 million dollars in grants at UMD during his tenure), Public Speaker, and National Consultant (teaching--federal program regulations and legislation, leadership development, program and staff development, documentation and recordkeeping, budgeting, program-to-campus interface assessments, organizational communication and strategic planning).

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Guest lectures by corporate representatives that will speak to their strategic initiatives, corporate policies and national policies that relate to CSR initiatives.
  • Initiating a book collection drive in the U.S. over a 4-week period to support sustainable educational development in Africa. 
  • Cultural immersion visa guided tours to social, historical, and cultural sites: Kakum National Park, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Ashanti Village, Chez Afrique Restaurant, Cape Coast Slave Castle
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/24/2017 03/11/2017 08/08/2017 08/18/2017