Madison, Wis. (March 23, 2012) – Dr. Rachel Rodriguez has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2013. Rodriguez, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Edgewood College, will serve as a visiting professor at the Kamuzu College of Nursing in the African nation of Malawi. There, she’ll mentor new Ph.D. faculty in research, and teach in the graduate program in the newly-developed Community Health Nursing specialty program, and continue to develop the Malawi Women’s Health program, a project she’s been leading for the past year.
“We are both humbled and thrilled to congratulate our colleague Dr. Rodriguez,” Dean of the School of Nursing at Edgewood College said. “Rachel is dedicated to a global view of community health, and to bettering the lives of others. These qualities make her an excellent example of personally helping to create a more just and compassionate world.”
Dr. Rodriguez is no stranger to the developing African nation. She has traveled there on four occasions over the past several years, and is actively engaged in the creation of a women’s center, one of the components of the Malawi Women’s Health program.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.