Melanie Dreyer-Lude was recognized for excellence in Study Away programming, specifically within the category of community engagement. Dreyer-Lude drew upon her professional knowledge, academic focus and passion for cultural learning to develop Experiencing Uganda: Service Learning in Kampala and Gulu. Beginning in May 2016, Dreyer-Lude traveled with students on a three-week cultural immersion program in Uganda. Students were challenged to be open-minded as they explored the similarities and differences of Ugandan and North American culture. They engaged with residents of Kampala as they incorporated an African fable into a play with the Ndere Culture Troupe. Students volunteered at orphanages and a primary school, swapped stories and ideas with students at Kyambogo University, navigated marketplaces and visited historical landmarks.
The Study Away program was a catalyst for teaching students about Ugandan culture, their own cultures and how they interact with the world. Dreyer-Lude encouraged students to adopt a global perspective as they assimilated back to the Missouri State community.
About the award
The Study Away Advisory Committee created the AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDY AWAY PROGRAMMING in 2012 to recognize Missouri State faculty members who demonstrate excellence in developing and leading short-term study away programs. The award categories are Cultural Competence and Community Engagement.
The Community Engagement category recognizes faculty members whose programs enable students to participate in an organized service activity that meets reciprocally identified community needs. Each recipient receives $1,500 in professional development funds and a trophy.
This text originally appeared in the program for the All-Faculty Recognition Reception.