Faculty member joins in global discussion during Semester At Sea voyage

Sep 06, 2011

Dr. Audrey Ervin, a member of Delaware Valley College’s counseling psychology department, took part recently in a ship-based forum on global engagement that brought together educators, scholars, entrepreneurs and political leaders.

She sailed as an advisor with Semester At Sea, an international study abroad program.

This year’s invitation-only forum, entitled, “Diplomacy and Dialogue: A Focus on Sino-U.S. Relations,” featured distinguished speakers and shipmates including past ambassador to China Stapleton Roy, CEO of Boeing Jim McNerney, co-founder of Chinaccelerator Sean O’Sullivan, co-founder of DHL International Chung Po Yang and American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.

The shipboard meeting, which ventured from Boston to Montreal, provided a vibrant environment where leaders discussed economic, educational, political, social and environmental issues as they relate to China and the United States. Dr. Ervin participated in breakout discussions and attended presentations about how to best prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of living in an increasingly interdependent world.

Dr. Ervin, who has circumnavigated the globe and sailed on seven voyages with Semester At Sea, is the primary researcher in an ongoing study assessing how Semester At Sea impacts student growth and global perspectives. As a past voyage psychologist and core member of the Semester At Sea Psychologist and Mental Health committee, she mentored the oncoming mental health team for the fall 2011 voyage.

Committed to global education, Dr. Ervin encouraged two Delaware Valley College counseling psychology students to sail with Semester At Sea. Senior Mike Rosenthal sailed on the Spring 2011 voyage visiting Dominica, Brazil, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and Hawaii. Junior Ashley Grove is scheduled to sail on the Spring 2012 voyage.

Operated by the non-profit Institute for Shipboard Education, Semester At Sea is the world’s premier shipboard program for international study abroad in higher education. The mission is to educate students with the global understanding necessary to effectively address the challenges of today’s rapidly globalizing world.

Notable past speakers and shipmates have included Anwar Sadat, Indira Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Sandra Day O’Connor, Julian Bond and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.