Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad

University of Detroit Mercy program to Brazil

University of Detroit Mercy has been awarded two recent Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) to Brazil, during which Detroit Mercy faculty and administrators, as well as Detroit area K-12 educators, traveled to Brazil for collaborative learning. The program, African Contributions and Contemporary Issues in Northeast Brazil, was held in various locations throughout Brazil, including Sao Luis, Maranhao, Salvador, Bahia, and Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais, Brazil for one month during the summers of 2016 and 2018. Each program provided a 4-week educational enrichment in Brazil, offering participants multiple perspectives of the African-American experience through scholarly research and dialogue in order to inform learning, build and enhance curricular resources, and internationalize curricula in meaningful and measurable ways.

Upon returning from Brazil, these Fulbright GPA awardees produced curriculum projects to share widely with all in order to enhance teaching and learning.  These projects, including K-12 and higher education lesson plans, are free for all to download and share.

Congratulations to our 2016 and 2018 awardees

Detroit Mercy faculty

  • Charles Cross, School of Architecture
  • Ann Eskridge, College of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Roy Finkenbine, College of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Alan Grigg, College of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Gail Presbey, College of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Renady Hightower, College of Health Professions
  • Daniel Kroupa, College of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Lara Wasner, College of Liberal Arts and Education

K-12, pre-service, community college teachers

  • Natalie Barmore, Cass Technical High School, Detroit MI
  • William Bowles, Western International High School, Detroit, MI
  • Patrina Chatman, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit MI
  • Regina Elamri, Chandler Park Academy, Detroit, MI
  • Marnina Falk, Detroit Foreign Language Immersion and Culture Studies (FLICS), Detroit MI
  • Camelia Ramona Gligor, Osborn High School, Detroit, MI
  • Kamasi Hill, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL
  • Roba Hrisseh, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Suzanne Lynch, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa FL
  • Daniel McArthur, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit MI
  • Markita Moore, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit MI
  • Carole Morisseau, Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI
  • Karen Russell, Edison Elementary School, Detroit, MI
  • Erika Stowall, Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, Detroit, MI
  • Rachael Walker, Birney Middle School, Southfield, MI
  • Michael Woodberry-Means, Renaissance High School, Detroit MI
  • Alana Wynes, Quarton Elementary School, Birmingham, MI

View our sample Brazil program tentative daily itinerary.

In June 2018, The U.S. Department of Education interviewed Project Director Lara Wasner for the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Grantee Showcase.  A recording of the interview can be found here.  

We invite you to view our Facebook page (top right) and to review the curriculum projects (below) developed as a result of our 2016 & 2018 programs. 

These projects, unit plans and lesson plans are listed by participant, in alphabetical order:

Annotated Bibliography: A Resource to Use and Share

Natalie Barmore: Cass Technical High School, Detroit MI
Minha Communidade (My Community): A Study of History, Culture and Community through Photography 
Designed for 11th and 12th Grade College Preparatory Students

William Bowles: Western International High School, Detroit, MI
K-12/cross-curricular: Library Media supplemental resource instruction in the African diaspora to Brazil

Patrina Chatman: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit MI
Say Their Names Project and Museum Exhibit

Charles Cross: Detroit Mercy - School of Architecture
Cartografia: Mapping Cultural Assets, Resources, and Opportunities in Afro-Brazilian and Quilombo Communities

Regina Elamri: Chandler Park Academy, Detroit, MI
Grades 5-9: Current Events & Brazil: A Cultural Study
Geography, Religion, Minorities (powerpoint presentation)
Marking the Text & Jigsaw (powerpoint presentation)
Afro-Brazilian Instruments (powerpoint presentation)
Language and Art (powerpoint presentation)

Ann Eskridge: Detroit Mercy - African American Studies/African American Literature
Using Cordel (folhetos) Literature to Create Narrative Stories in Rhythm and Rhyme

Marnina Falk: Detroit Foreign Language Immersion and Culture Studies (FLICS), Detroit MI
Un verano quiolombo book and Afro-Latin Culture. Unit plan, materials, and book

Roy Finkenbine:  Detroit Mercy - History
Slave Rebels and Runaways - Course syllabus, comparison chart, and assessment materials augmented by the Brazil GPA experience

Camelia Ramona Gligor: Osborn High School, Detroit, MI
Brazil: Lessons in Race, Resistance, and Resilience through history, social studies, and language study
Spanish lessons incorporating Brazilian Portuguese

Roba Hrisseh: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
A Long Road Ahead for People with Disabilities in Northeast Brazil

Renady Hightower: Detroit Mercy - Health Services Administration
Intersecting Cultural Anthropology & Health Care: Race Does Matter in Community Health 

Suzanne Lynch: Hillsborough Community College, Tampa FL
Looking at the film Black Orpheus as a research project

Daniel McArthur: Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit MI
Researching and Documenting Ancestral Knowledge

Markita Moore: Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit MI
Afro-Brazil Music and Culture

Carole Morisseau: Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI
African Brazilian Art: A Contrast and Comparison to Contemporary and Historical African American Art - PPT
African Brazilian Art: Unit Plan - Artistic Representations in 10 lessons

Gail Presbey: Detroit Mercy - Philosophy/History
PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice, University of Detroit Mercy
Unit Plan Summary
Course Syllabus

Karen Russell: Edison Elementary School, Detroit, MI
Grades K-2:  Brazil and You: Families Around the World

Erika Stowall: Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences, Detroit, MI 
Elementary and Middle School - Candomble: Dance of the Orixas - A blending of African cultural and religious traditions.

Rachael Walker: Renaissance High School, Detroit, MI
9-12 grade arts and social studies: Who Am I? Exploration of Afro-Brazilian History and Culture

Lara Wasner: Detroit Mercy - Language & Cultural Studies
Lessons from Brazil: Detroit Mercy GPA overview (multi-purpose presentation) 

Michael Woodberry-Means: Renaissance High School, Detroit MI
Dance Unit - Creating Magic from the Shared Black Experiences of African Americans and Afro Brazilians:  Deconstructing Pain, Poverty and Persecution in Order to Heal, Rebuild and Regenerate

Alana Wynes: Quarton Elementary School, Birmingham, MI
Grades 3-5 - Transformative Art in Brazil: Exploring printmaking, mask making, and graffiti
African Masks in Brazil (powerpoint presentation)
Graffiti in Brazil (powerpoint presentation)

For more information, contact project director Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu