As we celebrate International Education Week, I recall my days spent as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the 2010-11 academic year. My Fellowship paved the way for future professional opportunities within the health policy sphere. During my grant period, I was a student in the M.A. program in Critical Disability Studies at York University which is housed within the York University School of Health Policy & Management. During my graduate studies, I engaged in comparative health policy research, concerning the Province of Ontario (Canada) and the State of New York (United States).
Over 60 million diabetics, and another 70 million so called “pre-diabetics” – individuals at such an elevated risk for this condition that the odds are stacked against them for converting into full-blown diabetes within a few short years. The country I am describing, India, is not the first that comes to mind to most when thinking about the growing problem of diabetes across the world.Read More
Since I was an undergraduate, I’ve been fascinated by the philosophies, politics, and practices of teaching a second language (in my case, French) to students who have language-based learning disabilities/difficulties in their first language (in this case, English). This interest followed me through graduate school, into the classroom when I taught at the high school level, and now in my work as a professor in teacher education. Because my interest in this area has mixed the languages of French and English, Canada has always been my preferred context exploring this question from a research standpoint and when trying to expand best practices in this particular field. My strong connection to this work was deepened through my recent experience as a Fulbright Scholar and has led to new opportunities to make this connection deeper still.
The world is a big place, so why not get out then and explore it? At the end of high school, many people told me to take time off before University to travel and explore the world, because there wouldn’t be another time when I would be able to just get up and go. At the end of my undergraduate courses, people said the same thing. I should take time off and travel before graduate school, because there wouldn’t be another time when I would be able to just get up and go. As it turns out, life is complicated, and there may be many ways to create opportunities to travel. International education is the closest thing to a perfect method to travel in a meaningful way.