School of Medicine: Providing Humanitarian Leadership
Workshop participants in the Philippines break into small groups for discussions.
Under the direction of Karen Olness, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, and Joan Farmer, Assistant Director of Continuing Medical Education, workshops on the management of humanitarian emergencies have been taught since 1996 in Cleveland as well as in 15 developing countries. In 2014, the workshop was conducted in both the Philippines and Cuba.
"The focus of the workshop is always on the most vulnerable victims of disaster, namely, children, women, and families," explains Dr. Olness.
The workshop is designed for pediatricians, primary care providers, NGO relief professionals and mental health professionals in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Participants learn through a mix of didactic lectures and problem-based exercises covering topics such as malnutrition, sanitation and prevention of infectious diseases. The holistic and multidisciplinary approach addresses complex medical, psychological and public health challenges and also identifies cultural components often overlooked. The School of Medicine continues to be a leader in education and fieldwork related to humanitarian professionalism.
Molly Watkins Receives Spotlight Award
The Center for International Affairs is excited to announce that Molly Watkins, Executive Director of International Affairs, was presented with a Flora Stone Mather Spotlight Award at this afternoon’s Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon. The Mather Spotlight Awards recognize female faculty, staff, and students whose outstanding professional accomplishments, leadership, and service have had a positive impact on the CWRU community.
Molly joined the Center for International Affairs in 2011. She works closely with David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs, to implement the university’s strategic Plan for Internationalization. Significant accomplishments include an increase in students studying abroad from 20% to 44.8%, a 20% increase in the number of international students, and the development of over $140,000 in financial support for faculty international initiatives.
Colleagues credit Molly’s leadership, vision, and the positive office environment she fosters as one of the main reasons why the first phase of the Plan for Internationalization not only succeeded, but was credited as one of the three strongest features of CWRU by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
“To be a strong leader you have to rally people around a vision,” says Cami Ross, Coordinator of Programming for the Center. “Molly’s vision and genuine interest in helping us grow as professionals has truly allowed our plan and initiatives to develop and change the international culture of the university.”
“I look to Molly as a mentor and a leader,” says Autumn Beechler Stebing, Assistant Director of Education Abroad. “She is disciplined in her approach to work and gets results. At the same time, she makes sure she’s always available to meet with each staff member in our office for professional and friendly conversations, showing care and support for all staff regardless of her workload.”
Molly Watkins joins other 2015 Spotlight Award winners including Naomi Sigg (Office of Multicultural Affairs), Agata Exner, PhD (School of Medicine), Judith Lipton, PhD (School of Law), Shanina Knighton, CMRN, BCLS (Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing), and Jazmine Kirkland (College of Arts and Sciences).