Academic Achievement Programs


Dr. Jerry Lewis and Dr. Rhea Roper Nedd extends a warm invitation to all University of Maryland and non-University of Maryland undergraduates, especially TRiO participants (SSS, McNair, EOC) to join us for an educational and cultural exploration of the beautiful country of Ghana, West Africa. It is our mission to create a safe space and to provide equitable access to opportunities for all students through global citizenship.

Earn 3-credit hours, by exploring the social responsibility of businesses in all sectors/industries to advance development. Acquire knowledge and leadership skills that is easily transferred to our local communities in the U.S. to partner with stakeholders to address social injustices and advocate for change.

Join your TRiO Family as we Travel to Ghana, West Africa in 2018. . . This Experience Promises to be Life Changing!


Course Title:

Corporate Social Responsibility - Ghana: A Strategy for Sustainable Development (3 Credits Hrs).
Course #: AAPS 300
Application: Click here to know more

Course Overview:

The persisting underdevelopment within regions of the world, particularly in Africa suggests that tried initiatives have failed to eradicate poverty. To these ends, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is considered an alternate development strategy that recognizes the power of Multinational Corporations in a globalized world, as an agent with the potential to bring about positive change in developing nations. To validate CSR the traditional definition of responsibility is broadened to include the voluntary obligation of corporations to support initiatives that fall beyond the direct scope of its operations. Through CSR, corporations are encouraged to commit to sustained social development in the communities in which they operate even in the absence of good governance (legal frameworks/mandates) or systems of accountability.

In this course Student Ambassadors will explore how individual and organizational socio-cultural dynamics in Ghana impact educational development opportunities and if the practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) may be used as a strategy for sustainable educational development.

Students will explore the academic, social, and cultural landscape of Ghana, mentor local children via a service learning project, meet representatives from one of Africa's largest multinational corporations, visit historical sites, and have a variety of social engagements!

Faculty Directors:
  • Dr. Roper Nedd, Associate Director, McNair Scholars Program
  • Dr. Jerry Lewis, Executive Director, Academic Achievement Programs
Pre-Requisite:
  • Participants must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 and must be of Sophomore, Junior or Senior status at the time of travel.
  • All majors/disciplines are eligible from all Colleges/University's nation-wide.
  • TRiO program participants are strongly encouraged to apply (Student Support Services (SSS), Ronald E. McNair, Educational Opportunity Center (EOC))
  • Computer Access - Course is taught online to allow for remote access & participation. The course will include one pre-departure in-person/Skype orientation, 4 online class meetings, and one in-person/video presentation upon return.
Course Dates:

Pre-Departure Orientation
On-campus/Online Classroom (for non-UMD students): May 2018 (Date TBD)

Online Classroom:
  • July 9, 2018
  • July 16, 2018
  • July 23, 2018
  • July 30, 2018

In-country/Fielwork: Ghana
August 6, 2018 – August 16, 2018

Post-Travel Presentation
September 2018 (Date TBD)

Application: Click here to know more