Students and professors at Clark Atlanta University discussed their plans to travel around the world for Spring Break 2019.
According to Clark Atlanta University psychology professor, Dr. Christopher Bass, this spring break trip to Europe will be the first leg of the African Diaspora trips. Next year, the department plans to travel to Brazil.
“Each year, we will travel to places around the globe to gain a better understanding of how we as an African people have thrived,” Bass said when asked why the Psychology Department decided to go to Europe.
The Psychology Department took 29 undergraduate students and five
graduate students to London, Paris and Rome from Mar. 10 to Mar. 17.
Along with Dr. Bass, students were accompanied by the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Danille K. Taylor, the Director of Graduate Affairs, Dr. Tamalyn Peterson, professor from Morehouse College, Dr. Illya Davis, the Director of International Affairs, Gwen Wade.
“We will travel to places in Europe to better understand mental health in
African Europeans. The goal is to visit Brixton in England, a place where many African Europeans live and thrive, and Paris, where many African Americans spent significant time in escaping the oppression and racism occurring in the U.S. after the World War. We will also travel to SOPHAS and the Sorbonne to interview African European students to get a better understanding of what plays into resilience with this group,” Bass said.
During the trip, students conducted naturalistic observation, opened a
dialogue to better understand coping strategies to stress and ‘minority status,’ and conducted interviews with African Europeans.
Bass expected the students to gain a better understanding of how mental health looks around the world.
“[I want students to] have the ability to compare and contrast how the mental health stigma, service delivery and practice aligns or differs from that here in the US,” he said.
While the students of the Psychology Department are on their way to Europe, 13 Accounting and Finance students took a trip to Amsterdam from Mar. 9 to Mar. 17 accompanied by assistant professor, Dr. Crystal Hudson, Education and Abroad Program Manager, John Alston III, and Melissa Phillips.
During an interview with Dr. Crystal Hudson, she explained the significance of this particular trip when it comes to Accounting and Finance majors.
“From an Accounting standpoint, [we are trying to] expose the students to the international accounting standards because that is going to be on the CPA exam,” Hudson said.
She also shared, “From a Finance standpoint, we are really looking at different practices that a business would use to move profitability from overseas back to the U. S. without paying too much with these tariffs.”
The Finance and Accounting departments partnered with Deloitte, an accounting firm in Amsterdam that has a consulting department. Throughout the semester, the students worked on a case provided by the consulting department. On this trip, students worked with professionals on the case and visited their offices in Amsterdam. In addition to that, the students visited the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
She expected her students to leave Amsterdam with more knowledge of the international accounting standards, better exposure on the financial strategies the companies use when they have locations overseas and more knowledge about the different employment opportunities.
Outside of study abroad, students planned trips to go all over the world. The majority of students traveled somewhere in the United States either traveled to sunny locations like Los Angeles, California or Miami, Florida.
“I chose California for spring break because I wanted to do something different from the typical ‘Miami spring break.’ I’ve experienced it first hand and I didn’t have that much fun, so I’m hoping a change of scenery with a different crowd will be different and fun,” Charles Adeniyi, a graduating senior majoring in Social Work said.
“I chose to go to Miami for Spring Break because I get to see so many beautiful people that look like me and are there for a good time. It’s just good vibes,” Talon Watley, a sophomore Mass Media Arts major with a concentration in Radio, TV and Film said.
Other students traveled out of the United States to different islands.
“I picked Bahamas because I wanted to do something unique for Spring Break since a couple of friends and I went to Puerto Rico last year. Also, I’ve never been on a cruise so this would be my first time,” Mariah Hill, a junior majoring in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Television, stated.