Participants

Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi

Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi is Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice President for International Education at Savannah State University. He is the project Director of the 2017-18 Fulbright-hays group projects abroad. His teaching and research interests are in Comparative Politics, African Politics, International Politics, International Organizations, and Political Economy. In addition to his articles published in the Journal of Black Studies and the Journal of African American Studies, Dr. Naniuzeyi is the co-author of the book titled "Governance, Conflict Analysis, and Conflict Resolution". He has a strong passion for activities designed to enhance the international and intercultural experiences of students. This commitment to international education is reflected in the core-curricular programs he has promoted throughout his professional career. For over twenty years, Dr. Naniuzeyi has trained students for successful participation in the Model United Nations program which is an extracurricular activity that allows students to address the complex issues affecting the world community. His students had the opportunity to participate in various Model UN conferences held respectively in Scotland, China, Switzerland, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Brazil, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Singapore etc. He also organized an international Model UN conference on two occasions in Murcia, Spain. At Savannah State University, Dr. Naniuzeyi promotes efforts to expand study abroad and exchange programs that enhance students' and faculty's international experiences. Dr. Naniuzeyi recently served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Regional Model United Nations. He is a former Governor's teaching Fellow at the University of Georgia and a former Executive Director of the Center for Research on the Congo. He is currently serving as board Director at Savannah Council on World Affairs. As a consultant and lecturer, he organized workshops on conflict resolution in Georgetown, Guyana in 2002 and participated in various international conferences. Some of the awards received by Dr. Naniuzeyi include the following: Award of Excellence in Academic Achievement from the Center of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support at Savannah State University; Special Achievement Award from the Atlanta City Council; Award for Distinguished Services from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority etc.

Dr. Pedro R. Rivera

Dr. Pedro R. Rivera is an assistant professor of Latin American history in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Professor Rivera has received financial support from the Mellon Mays Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Domini-can Studies Institute of City College of New York. He is re-vising his dissertation for publication, a bio-graphical narrative that seeks to add a new lane to the inter-section of Black and Latino Studies, fore-grounding the importance of the Dominican Republic chapter of the African diaspora in the Americas.

Susana Hernández

Susana Hernández is a native Spanish speaker born and raised in Puerto Rico who has over 20 years teaching experience. She received her undergraduate degree in Spanish Literature and Secondary Education from Towson University in Towson, Maryland where she lived and worked for over 10 years. She also worked for American Airlines for 20 years, and was an IT Project Manager until she left for Savannah, Georgia in 2003. She has a passion for languages and cultures and would prefer to be traveling than at home most of the time. She has an MBA in Technology Management from University of Phoenix in Puerto Rico, and Project Management Certification from PMI, as well as an MA in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Salamanca. She has been teaching at Savannah State since 2010, and full time since 2012. She is looking forward to an amazing summer and being able to share her findings with colleagues and students.

Dr. Sametria R. McFall

Dr. Sametria R. McFall serves as the Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Savannah State University (SSU). She previously served as Assistant to the Dean and Director of Continuing Education at SSU. Sametria is a professional educator, administrator, evaluator, and trainer/facilitator with more than fifteen years’ experience in project management and evaluation, strategic planning, student success, capacity building and curriculum development. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Psychology from Northeastern University (Boston, MA), a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Savannah State University (Savannah, GA) and is a 2016 graduate of the University System of Georgia Executive Leadership Institute. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) working group Pathways to Behavioral Health Equity which seeks to address the physical and mental health of underserved communities, and is the Chair for the Roselind G. Steele Education Fund. She previously served as the SSU liaison on the White House Initiative for the HBCU-Brazil Alliance under President Obama’s administration and Institutional Issues Committee of the University Continuing Education Association and she has assisted local and state governments with small business curriculum development, project management and program development and evaluation.

In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. McFall previously worked in the private sector where she cultivated her expertise in management and team building. She has held positions that ranged from senior analyst to department manager and she has served as a professional consultant for several government and private entities which include the City of Savannah and the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Sametria is also very active within her community. She has served with the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority and as the Vice President of Operations for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. & Montgomery Street Business Association. She is an active member within her church community, St. Paul CME, and of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Savannah Alumnae Chapter where she serves as the First Vice President and chair of Program Planning and Development. She is also an active member of the Links, Inc. where she serves as Corresponding Secretary for the Savannah Chapter.

Dmetri S. Nevels  

Dmetri S. Nevels is originally from Macon, Georgia, and is a third-generation public school educator. Dr. Nevels received a B.A. in History from Mercer University in Macon and earned an M.A. in History from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. This is Dr. Nevels' nineteenth year in the classroom having taught most social studies courses. Dr. Nevels e also instructed gifted and Advanced Placement classes and currently teaches at Solomon Charles Johnson High School where she is part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Committee and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Coordinator. 

Richard Shelburne

Richard Shelburne is a nationally-board certified French teacher (NBCT) at Woodville-Tompkins Technical & Career High School in Savannah, part of the Savannah-Chatham County School System. Mr. Shelburne came to Georgia to start a French program after over 30 years of teaching in Alabama (13) & Florida (18). He has undergraduate degrees in Music & French from the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida, as well as Master’s Degrees in Music from The Florida State University & French & Education from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In addition, Mr. Shelburne has almost completed a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics at The University of South Florida in Tampa, and is a certified ESOL specialist & trainer having trained 100’s of educators to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages overseas, primarily in Asia. Mr. Shelburne is also a professional singer and a conductor. He has had the privilege of concertizing all over the United States & several countries, as well as conducting All-State choirs in Pennsylvania & Florida.

Mr. Shelburne has been able to foster his passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures by leading European tours since 1987. As a result of his travels, he is conversant in French, Spanish, German, & Italian. In addition, he has been a part of numerous humanitarian efforts all over the world, including The Philippines, Bolivia, & Cameroon. Mr. Shelburne enjoys cooking, tennis, table tennis, & landscaping. He has 3 grown sons, as well as 3 grandchildren.

 Dr. William D. Cummings

 Dr. William D. Cummings is interested in this project because he is always looking for opportunities to learn about the world around us, and how he can best transmit that love of discovery to his students. In the past, he has been involved with two NEH projects, a summer seminar and a summer institute, and a Gilder-Lehrman summer institute.

Dr. Cummings has studied and taught world cultures extensively, at the middle school, high school, and university levels. His personal experience with cross-cultural opportunities is limited to his work with ELL and other foreign students, and a couple of trips to west-central Canada, and a small amount of time on Indian reservations. He has been able to adjust to differing environments well, within that limited scope.

Dr. Cummings anticipates that this experience will greatly impact his professional development as his eyes are opened to realities that cannot truly be understood through the pages of a book. He hope to open himself to the experiences of the people of Ghana to gain an understanding of the world through their eyes, and to offer a glimpse of that to my colleagues through workshops or one-on-one sharing. Dr. Cummings also believes that he can reach his students better as he shares experiential knowledge in addition to the basic information currently available in their world.

Kimberly Dozier 

Kimberly Dozier is an educator with Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools.  She has 10 years of teaching experience.  She is currently the lead ESOL teacher at Rice Creek School and a member of the School Leadership Team.  She is certified in Elementary Education, her certification includes endorsements in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Gifted Education. She was a participant in the 2017 cohort of the Accelerated Teacher Leadership Program designed by SCCPSS to identify and mentor leaders within the school district.  She has been previously honored as the 2013 Teacher of the Year at Port Wentworth Elementary School.  Kimberly takes on many leadership roles, some of which include: Facilitating Roundtables at district level THRIVE and Title I trainings, serving as coordinator for programs such as Summer School, After School Tutorial, and 21st Century, PBIS Coach, and Mentor Teacher. Kimberly is married to Mr. Corey Dozier and has two beautiful children, Jasmine Sams (age 16) and Corey Dozier (age 8). She loves music, swimming, traveling, and helping others.  

Education:  Ed.S. - Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction, Cambridge College, 2012; MAT - Master of Art in, Teaching - Early Childhood Education, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 2008 ; B.S. - Bachelor of Sciences, Sociology, Savannah State University, 2005,Magna Cum Laude.

Stephanie Lash

Stephanie Lash currently teaches 8th grade Social Studies in Savannah, Georgia at the STEM Academy @ Bartlett Middle School, where she has worked for four years. She is also the Social Studies Department Chair, 8th Grade Lead, and Peer Mediation coordinator at the STEM Academy. Ms. Lash received her Master’s Degree in Secondary History Education and her undergraduate degree in American Studies from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She is an alumna of AmeriCorps National Conservation Corps and a former teaching assistant for the service learning oriented Civic Education Project hosted by Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Lash attended the Smithsonian American Art Museum Teacher Institute: Teaching Humanities Through Art in 2016. She has also been a scholar teacher participant at George' Washington's Mount Vernon Teacher Institute on Leadership and Legacy in 2017.

Porschia Mitchell

Porschia Mitchell is a faculty member of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB/MYP) at Southwest Middle School, where she currently serves as an English Language Arts teacher.  Porschia is a Savannah native and graduate of Alfred E. Beach High School.  She received a B.A. in English from Georgia State University in 2000, an MBA from Strayer University in 2007, and an M.A. in Education from Argosy University in 2010.  After careers in radio broadcasting, retail, and banking, Porschia shifted to fulfill the call to teach.  She has experience teaching grades 6-12 in Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, and is currently in her ninth year of teaching.  Porschia is a passionate educator with a drive to inspire all of her students to reach beyond their potential, become global thinkers, and make an indelible mark in the earth.  To engage her students, Porschia often uses her gifts of singing, songwriting, and lyricism to fuse literature, grammar, and music.  In addition to her educational service, Porschia is a mother of two children, music minister, writer, recording artist, and business owner.

Mohamed Haji Mukhtar, Ph.D.

Professor of African History and Arabic. From 2008-12, was the Interim Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Savannah State University. Dr. Mukhtar is President and founder of the Center for Peace-Building Initiative (CPBI). He is a board member of Global Humanitarian Unite, Savannah Council on World Affairs; and Global Advisory for Human Dignity and Humiliation. Dr. Mukhtar’s areas of interests, publications and conferences are focused on the African Diaspora, Middle East and the Islamic World; Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, African Languages, and Muslim experience in the U.S.A. His major publications include: The Rise and Expansion of Islam (2012); Language Marginalization, Ethnic Nationalism, and Cultural Crisis in Somalia (2010); Islam Among Early Slaves in America (2008); English-Maay Dictionary (2007); Historical Dictionary of Somalia (2003); Islam in Somali History: Fact and Fiction (1995). He publishes in Scholarly Journals such as History in Africa, Journal of Method; Ufahamu Journal of African Activist Association; Review of African Political Economy and African Renaissance. He is fluent in English, Arabic, Somali (both Af-Maay and Af-Mahaa), Italian, and read/understand Bahasa Malaysia.

He was a contributing editor to Islamiyyat Journal of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the editor of Demenedung, Newsletter of the Inter-Riverine Studies Association. Since 1986 Dr. Mukhtar has been Producer and Correspondent, BBC/Arabic, Somali and World Services. From 1995-2000, he was the Chairperson of, Somalia Committee for Peace and Reconciliation (Ergada). From 1998-present, he is Advisor, Georgia Delegate to the National Summit on Africa. From 2004-2015, he was President of Savannah Chapter of the International Committee of the Red Cross. From 1986-1990, Senior Lecturer in African and Middle Eastern History, College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia. And from 1975-1983, Associate Professor of History, Somali National University.