OCC Faculty Member Headed to Norway for Prestigious Fulbright-Hays Seminar

OCC faculty member Sarah Lemelin has been selected for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2022 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program in Norway. The program provides U.S. educators in the arts, social sciences and humanities opportunities to participate in short-term seminars abroad to improve their understanding and knowledge of the world’s peoples and cultures.  

Faculty member Sarah Lemelin

Lemelin, who started teaching at OCC in 1994 as an adjunct faculty member, has been an ESL faculty member since 2001. With a passion for global language, culture and experiences, she also teaches Italian language classes and a virtual study abroad Global Studies course—and serves as an advisor to the College’s Auburn Hills International Student Club, co-directs the Conversation Partner Program, and helps mentor students who are pursuing OCC’s Global Literacy Endorsement.  
Lemelin will spend four weeks this summer with 15 other college and university educators exploring Norwegian culture in the seminar titled “Typically Atypical: The Many Facets of Modern Norway.” Educators were selected based on their proposals submitted late last year on several criteria including professional and community activities and plans to implement the experiences into their classrooms and communities.  
When she began the application process last fall, Lemelin started thinking about how she could incorporate learning about Norwegian culture and civil society into the many cross-cultural topics that her ESL, Italian and Italian culture students explore. As a consummate learner and educator, she will use what she learns to develop a curriculum project for OCC students upon her return in July.  
“Since Norway consistently ranks very highly in a variety of global indices, including equality, human development, democracy, transparency, happiness and well-being, learning more about its people and culture can serve as an interesting counterpoint when examining a variety of topics that our students are interested in, including education, health care, environmental sustainability, immigration and acculturation, quality of life and work-life balance,” she said.   
Lemelin said she is honored to be selected for the program and is consistently grateful for and inspired by her colleagues across disciplines and in the Global Education Committee.  
“I'm particularly indebted to our Auburn Hills ESL Coordinator Jennifer Craft, Dean Cindy Carbone, and OCC’s Director of Global Education, Eleonora Bagatelia, for their support in applying to this program.”  
Carbone, who provided a letter of recommendation within the application process, said she is thrilled for Lemelin and the opportunity she will have in this program.  
“Sarah’s commitment to global education and diversity is a hallmark for OCC. She is an ambassador for all our students, especially our ESL students, and this experience will not only broaden her knowledge about Norway, but once she returns, she will share her experiences and engage and inspire others,” Carbone said. “We are extremely proud of Sarah for being chosen for this wonderful opportunity.”  
Lemelin encourages her OCC colleagues to check out next year's seminars when the applications open this fall. For further information visit the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program website.   


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