The ASC has a rich tradition of working with colleagues at community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities to improve the teaching of Africa across the curriculum and to promote Africa related opportunities to faculty, staff and students at these institutions. The ASC has given special attention to work with community colleges in Michigan and throughout the Mid-West, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and four -year colleges associated with the Great Lakes Association of Colleges and the Association of Mid-Western Colleges.
Beginning in 1987 the Center began developing special relationships with two consortia of Michigan community colleges: the Michigan Global Awareness Consortium (8 rural community colleges) and Michigan Community Colleges for Global Education (29 member institutions), and since 1994 with the Mid-West Institute for International and Intercultural Education-MIIIE, (100 plus institutional meeb members in ten states), Working with these consortia the Outreach Program provides workshops, faculty development opportunities at MSU, participates in consortia conferences, co-sponsors two summer institutes each year, and provides material support for the development of Africa-related curricular units across the curriculum. In 2006 the ASC co-sponsored with MIIIE a GPA to Ghana for community college faculty.
The ASC has worked with HBCUs since the 1980s to provide opportunities for faculty and students to enhance their expertise on and opportunities to study Africa on their own campuses, at MSU and, through special student and faculty study abroad programs, on the African continent. The ASC has an on-going commitment to seek out opportunities to strengthen our collaborative programming with HBCUs.
To reach the next generation of K-12 educators, beginning in 2004 the ASC and three other MSU National Resource Centers are collaborating with the MSU Department of Teacher Education/College of Education in developing international materials and content for infusion in TE 250 Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions, one of only four compulsory COE undergraduate courses in teacher education. This unique project addresses a long-time gap in the efforts of National Resource Centers to reach perspective teachers. This provides the first internationalized compulsory course of teacher trainees offered by a major college of education in the U.S. Upon completion of the project the collaborating Centers will disseminate course materials and syllabi to peer institutions nation-wide. In the next grant cycle, 2010-2014 we will expand this initiative to collaborate with the Department of Teacher Education to internationalize upper-level methods classes.
African Media Program — We have re-launched the MSU African Media Program with its searchable data-base of films and videos on Africa. The Program website allows viewers to access the unique database of more than 12,000 films and videos on Africa. Users are able to access a wide variety of data on each film/video, including reviews, recommendations on viewing audiences (including use K-16 education), and distributor information. The searchable data-base is particularly helpful for college professors seeking appropriate films to show in their humanities, social science, and natural science courses.
In addition to the sponsoring the National Consortium for Study in Africa beginning in 2000 the Center along with the MSU Office of Study Abroad initiated a collaborative study aboard project with the Council of Opportunity in Education. The Washington DC based COE is the national consortium of TRIO programs which serve students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds on more than 1,000 campuses throughout the U.S. This collaboration provides opportunity for TRIO students nation-wide to participate in MSU summer and semester programs in Africa. In 2003, and again in spring semester 2005, we were awarded Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad funding to sponsor 30 TRIO students from approximately 20 colleges/universities to study for an entire semester in MSUs semester programs in either Durban, South Africa or Dakar, Senegal. In 2009 the ASC collaborated with other MSU units on a U.S. State Department funded program to enhance study abroad programming at HBCUs. MSU ended its participation in the NCSA in 2010.
The Center offers a number of lectures, colloquia, conferences, and seminars each year. For current and forthcoming events at MSU and in other institutions, read the Center's weekly Tuesday Bulletin.