UCC Welcomes Five Delegates from Ukraine

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Group will study Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and veteran reintegration.

ROSEBURG, Oregon – Umpqua Community College (UCC) is preparing to host a five-member delegation from Ukraine as part of a program called Open World. The delegates’ mission while they are in Roseburg will be to examine Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and veteran reintegration. Along with their studies, they will be participating in a variety of campus and community-wide events during their May 13-22, 2017 visit.

This initiative is aimed at filling a critical knowledge and practice gap with Ukrainian social workers and medical practitioners. Many of these people are volunteers who have stepped forward to help the people who have served their country in its time of war and crisis.

“UCC has volunteered to participate in this program as an educational model from which the delegates can learn best practices, and then take those examples back to Ukraine for implementation,” Martha Joyce, UCC’s Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences, said.

Some of the delegation’s community events will include; attending a Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, touring the Roseburg Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, and participating in a Zonta Club of Roseburg Luncheon. The week will conclude with a Governmental Leaders Luncheon hosted by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

The Open World delegation is also scheduled to visit several UCC departments and programs. These interactions will provide delegates with opportunities to visit educators, administrators, and staff who develop and implement service and mental health programs on campus. The visit will also include a student veteran panel, as well as provide valuable insight into local programs designed to support and serve veterans. Additionally, UCC’s faculty and staff have opened their homes to these visitors—allowing them to experience American family life.

A schedule of events is included with this announcement. Any media interested in covering these events, please contact UCC’s Communications and Marketing Department to coordinate the date, time, and location you would like to attend.

About Open World

Open World was established in 1999 by the U.S. Congress. The program, which is primarily congressional funded, has introduced more than 26,000 current and future decision makers from Eurasia and other countries to American political and civic life.

About Umpqua Community College

Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.


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