Over the past several years, Bronx Community College has worked with both the University of Cheik Anta Diop (UCAD) and the Senegalese Bilingual School (SABS) in Dakar, Senegal, through visits and exchange of ideas and support. We have created opportunities for BCC faculty and staff to meet with faculty and staff from both UCAD and SABS and have brought American high school students, as well as BCC students, to Senegal. New faculty at the University and the SABS principal have expressed interest in reviving efforts around science activities in the Fall of 2009 to engage our faculty and local environmental organizations. In addition to being a SABS teacher, the individual selected is also a member of the UCAD science faculty.
The partnership began in March 2004 when President Williams and a team of BCC staff met with the president of UCAD to discuss the possibility of future collaboration. As an outcome of these discussions, in October 2004, BCC invited two science faculty members form UCAD’s Institute of Research on Mathematics, Physics, and Technology to visit and learn more about our campus, to engage in dialogues with BCC faculty/staff, and to visit Bronx high schools.
In May 2005, SABS became a member of the BCC Collaborative Education Network which consists of Bronx schools and community organizations. Through the network, SABS creates short-term projects with Bronx schools using the Internet to create student-to-student projects.
In November 2006, SABS sent a mathematics teacher to BCC to meet with faculty and learn about CUNY instructional strategies being used with our student population. In January 2006 BCC Collaborative Education Programs shared science and mathematics books and other instructional materials with the SABS high school. They also shared our instructional models for teaching English as a Second Language.
In June 2009, a BCC staff member, Mr. Eugene Adams, gave the SABS high school graduation commencement address at UCAD. Two BCC students also participated in the trip and volunteered at SABS during the eight-day trip. • Rescuers and Bystanders