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Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Archived Webcast

Building Healthy Communities: study abroad, service learning and creative inquiry in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Archived Webcast, April 13, 2015

This creative inquiry project engages Clemson students in a reflective critical thinking learning process and incorporates service learning opportunities in order to study the health situation of Las Malvinas II, a low-resourced and low-income setting bordering the highly polluted Ozama River in this city of Santo Domingo.

Dr. de Peralta will discuss how the project seeks to expand students’ knowledge on the various determinants of communities’ health and well-being by examining the socio-cultural context in human development and family life in Latin-America and the Caribbean (LAC). Students use the input gathered from direct interactions with the community to recommend appropriate courses of action for improvement under the healthy communities’ and socio-ecological frameworks.

Furthermore, this course increases students’ cultural competence by translating applicable evidence-based health practices from the US to a LAC country.

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Arelis Moore
Arelis Moore de Peralta


Arelis Moore de Peralta (MEd, MPH, MD, Dominican Republic; PhD in International Family and Community Studies, Clemson) is a research assistant professor with IFNL. Dr. Moore is currently IFNL's first year graduate student advisor. She also has been actively engaged in interdisciplinary service at Clemson through teaching appointments in the schools of Language and Public Health Sciences, and IFNL. Prior, she was the director of the Center for Community Services (CCS), an activity of CU/IFNL located in Simpsonville, SC, and the center’s Café Cultura, a Hispanic family outreach and support program. Dr. Moore received the Vera Paster Award in October 2009, which was given by the American Orthopsychiatric Association in recognition of her work with Latino immigrants, and she received the Kimbrough-Melton Parents Award in April 2010. Café Cultura was honored with a Yellow Rose Award by the Hispanic American Women’s Association in 2010. Dr. Moore formerly was a faculty member in the School of Medicine at the Ibero-American University (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo. A public health specialist and epidemiologist who coordinated disease preventive and control programs in the Dominican Republic. She also participated in the Caribbean health surveillance programs of the Centers for Disease Control.

Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Webcast

Clemson University Collaborations in Service-Learning is sponsored by the Clemson Service Alliance. The Service Alliance promotes the use of community service and service-learning by Clemson faculty in classes with both undergraduate and graduate students in all major disciplinary areas. The Collaborations radio webcasts are an opportunity to hear from some of our Clemson Service Alliance Faculty Fellows, their students, and their community partners about  service-learning projects around the state of S.C., and to learn about the impact of these service-learning projects on the community and on student learning outcomes.  In 2014-2015, we will be focusing on service –learning classes in five different disciplinary areas:  Planning and Landscape Architecture, English, Languages, Teacher Education, and Nursing. Thank you for participating, and we hope that service-learning practitioners in both K-12 and higher education will find these workshops very helpful in the course development, implementation, and evaluation process.
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