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The Philippines: Ethno-Religious Diversity and Human Rights in a Transitioning Democracy 

June 20 - July 20, 2015

Six Northern Illinois community college instructors and six high school social or global studies teachers participated in this four-week Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad seminar based in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, on the island of Luzon. The program was funded by the US Department of Education. 

The program was led by NIU Anthropology Professor Susan Russell, a Philippine specialist with extensive in-country research experience, in collaboration with NIU senior Tagalog instructor Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail. Program participants traveled to several locations on Luzon and had the opportunity to:

  • Study cultural and ethnic diversity, geopolitical history, and human rights and education at Philippine Normal University in Manila, the national center for teacher training in the Philippines
  • Learn the basics of Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines
  • Develop course modules and lesson plans based on their experience
  • Earn professional development hours

The program included a two-day pre-departure orientation in March 2015 and two two-day follow-up programs for participants to present, polish, and receive feedback on their curriculum modules stemming from the program.