DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dr. Sarah Moore Oliphant and Dr. Hadidja Nyiransekuye, who are both currently assistant professors in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Social Work, recently attended an annual conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities in a Global World, was held by the Global Awareness Society International, of which Dr. Oliphant currently serves as the president.
The conference ran from May 23-25, 2019, and provided a framework for interdisciplinary discussion about the issues facing an increasingly globalized society. Attendees were given the chance to attend visits from keynote speakers, panel discussions, service projects, workshops and paper presentations.
While attending, Dr. Oliphant had the opportunity to present her own work that she co-authored with Linda Plitt Donaldson and Michaela Farber titled Understanding HIV/AIDS among Ethiopian Immigrants in Washington, DC. Dr. Nyiransekuye also presented her research, The Ethical Dilemma of Serving the Medical Needs of Refugees in the US.
Serving as the president of the Global Awareness Society International, Dr. Oliphant met with the president of the Moroccan Social Work Association, Mr. Mohammed Elardi, as well as representatives from the emerging profession of social work and social work education.
“Serving as president of the Global Awareness Society International has given me the opportunity to meet scholars and practitioners around the world from various disciplines—all working together toward global understanding,” said Dr. Oliphant. “I’ve worked to elevate and grow participation from social work scholars and to share the emphasis we have at UNT on international social work issues.”
“Dr. Oliphant is a very talented researcher who is making great strides in the international arena,” Dr. Chumbler said. “Her participation in GASI has allowed her to raise awareness of global challenges as they relate to social and human welfare as she builds on the reputation of our social work program and college. We are fortunate to have her here at UNT.”