A small delegation from Dominican University is in Africa this week exploring a partnership with a Chicago-based nonprofit that could lead to Dominican students serving internships in Kenya and Tanzania.

Dominican is exploring a partnership with the Global Alliance for Africa, whose program director is Oak Parker Linda Stolz. Global Alliance runs a variety of programs in Kenya and Tanzania, including art therapy programs for children orphaned by AIDS, offering microloans to small entrepreneurs, and building libraries.

The wide range of programs could offer internship opportunities to Dominican students across a variety of disciplines.

“People are participating in this trip from all across the university,” said Kathleen Odell, an associate professor of economics at Dominican and the co-director of Dominican’s Center for Global Peace Through Commerce. “What we’re aiming to do is establish new interdisciplinary student opportunities at these sites. Our intention is to create student study and travel opportunities for students from the school of business, from the school of library science, from the school of social work.”

Other Dominican staff on the trip are University Librarian Felice Macejiewsi, professor of marketing; Al Rosenbloom, international business professor; Joyce Shim, social work professor; Director of Public Information Jessica Mackinnon; and Anthony Ochiabutor of Dominican’s Conflict Resolution Program.

The idea for working with Global Alliance for Africa was hatched at last year’s Dominican Christmas Party when Stolz was chatting with Mackinnon and Odell.

Stolz and the director of Global Alliance for Africa, Tom Derdak, are leading the trip.

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