In 2009, the Cultural Connections Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program focused on producing and disseminating knowledge and curriculum units about the consequences of globalization on public policies in the U. S. Midwest and in Senegal. We focused curriculum development and research in the following areas: Education, Health, Child Welfare, Language, Migration, and the Ecology. After a 16-week predeparture seminar a team of 13 educators, university faculty, and graduate students spent four weeks in Senegal to learn about the consequences of globalization and to collaborate with counterparts teacher education institutions and social movements in Senegal, as well as with scholars from Cheikh Anta Diop University.
In 2003, the title of the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Program was Tradition and Transition in Senegal . This project developed knowledge and appreciation of Francophone West African culture for teachers at Western Michigan University (WMU) and in the surrounding area public schools. After intensive predeparture seminars, a fourteen-member group spent four weeks during the summer of 2003 collaborating with counterparts from universities and teacher education institutions in Senegal as facilitated by Cheikh Anta Diop University and African Consultants International (Baobab Cultural Center).