Mississippi Valley State University

October 24, 2014

University News

Valley Social Work Students Travel to Gambia

September 18, 2013

MVSU made history by being the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to connect with the University of The Gambia (UTG). Dr. Tracy Mims, associate professor and coordinator of the Baccalaureate Social Work, along with eight MVSU students - Dorothy Vortice, Katrina Kennedy, Latonya Herron, Gwendolyn Young, Jennifer Green, Dorothy Ivory, Nita Carter, and Tawanda Carter traveled to UTG during July to connect with their African roots through community involvement. 

“This history-making experience for Valley and UTG has paved the way for other opportunities to expose and enhance relevant programming. The goal is to make the study abroad program to UTG an annual trip for students of the Social Work Department and others who may be interested,” said Mims.

The visit came about as a result of numerous correspondences between Mims and the UTG. While on the trip, activities included service learning, reading to Gambian students, and participation in compare and contrast discussions at several secondary schools and the University of The Gambia. In addition, the Valley delegation, along with UTG students and professors, attended of a lecture conducted by Dr. Mims on American social policies. 

For more information about MVSU’s Department of Social Work Program call 662.254.3365 or email, ttmims@mvsu.edu.