The Incubator welcomed several new members to its staff pedagogy team for the summer. Three graduate student fellows (Tayla Ash, Anshul Kumar, and Farah Qureshi) and two college interns (Tyler Fox and Nicholas Yamin) joined GHELI senior writer Susan Holman, senior contributor Terry Aladjem, and newly hired instructional design specialist Nina Bhattacharya, in their efforts to develop educational materials focused on a wide range of global health topics, with the ultimate goal publication and dissemination through GHELI’s online resource repository. The team worked throughout the summer to create resource collections and teaching packs on interdisciplinary topics such as health and mass incarceration; social determinants of health; food security; health and human rights; chronic disease; and political conflict and war.
The team worked together as a community, supporting diverse efforts at the Incubator including a resident scholar’s research on public health in Afghanistan, the creation of educator tools for distribution in-country by the faculty director during her recent trip to Tanzania, and the completion of a set of case-based resources on cities and health to be provided to middle- and high-school teachers attending the annual summer “Global Studies Outreach” workshop, which GHELI co-sponsors.
“The interns and fellows made remarkable progress on some of these educational products,” noted Aladjem, who helped to mentor and supervise the group in addition to providing pedagogical expertise and guidance. “It is inspiring to see their curiosity and commitment come together toward the shared goal of developing resources that will be used by teachers and students across the globe. While each one brought different skills and experiences to the team, they all contributed and grew as they learned from the Incubator staff—and from each other.”