Fulbright supports education project in Honduras
ALUMNI | Therese McKinny-Wood, AS ’04, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship to work in Honduras during the 2008-09 school year.
McKinny-Wood participated in study-abroad programs and human-rights organizations while earning her bachelor’s degree with honors in political science and international relations. “Growing up with parents active in local struggles to promote equality and social justice instilled in me a sense of purpose that has fueled many of my academic and extracurricular choices over the years,” she says.
After graduation, she taught in the Mississippi Delta through Teach for America. She is one of about 1,450 U.S. students who are traveling and studying abroad this year through the Fulbright program.
In Honduras, McKinny-Wood is collaborating with parents, students, teachers and community members at several rural schools to identify the leading reasons that boys or girls either drop out or remain in school and to “create and implement gender-specific strategies to promote timely completion of primary school,” she says.
In her work with Teach for America, she taught Spanish for three years in what she describes as a low-income, largely segregated public school district in Leland, Miss., where she created an exchange program to expand her students’ understanding of other cultures. That international service and language immersion program, Honduras Bound, has now sent three groups of Leland High School students to Honduras to volunteer at schools there. More information and photos are available on the web site www.hondurasbound.org.