Da’Shauna Hall's Experience at Oxford UniversityPublished Friday, October 04th, 2019
Most college students spend their summer doing tasks around the house; taking classes; or grinding it out at a summer job. But for one Coppin Honors student, the summer was anything but ordinary.
The Next Level of Globalization: Da’Shauna Hall experienced Oxford University as a Wiesel-King Scholar
Elementary Education major, Da’Shauna Hall ‘20, traveled across the pond to study at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy Oxford Summer Institute for the Development of Curriculum in Critical Contemporary Antisemitism Studies at St. John’s College, Oxford University as an Elie Wiesel - Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. “While my area of study is education, understanding anti-Semitism is necessary. It is important to grasp the struggles and hostilities faced by other religions and races because as teachers, we influence the attitudes and beliefs of our students. Teachers play a major role in shaping the minds of the future citizens of the world,” said Hall.
As a Wiesel-King Scholar, Hall’s fellowship included free tuition, accommodations, meals and the experience of a lifetime. “It was amazing. I had the opportunity to travel across the world. Meet new professors and peers,” said Hall. “Before I left the U.S. I contacted a few of the students who lived on the East Coast to introduce myself and see when they were traveling so I wouldn’t have to travel alone. There were approximately five students in total, and they hailed from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University, The George Washington University, and the College of William & Mary.” Hall and her new colleagues not only connected on an academic level, but they explored the U.K. together and networked with classmates from around the world, observed the culture, and ate the food. “The food was nothing like home, even the American-style restaurants. The portions were smaller and lightly seasoned.”
Hall said a typical day started with breakfast from 8:00-9:00 am and then seminars from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Course topics included, “A Biblical Perspective on Anti-Semitism and the Evolution of Humanity,” “Combating the Scourge of Anti-Semitisms Around the World,” and “The Islamization of Anti-Semitism.” “After the seminars, we had opportunities to have open discussions, explore Oxford, attend speaker series, or even watch movies. I went to London to The School of Oriental and African Studies.”
After completing the program, participants are required to use what they learned to enlighten their sphere of influence on the complexities and varied forms of anti-Semitism. Hall is currently working on a PowerPoint presentation. “I plan to implement my presentation by incorporating it into one of my lessons for my students at my practicum.”
Participating in this two-week summer intensive provided a new perspective on Hall’s current status at Coppin and on her future. It has given her a global perspective of the world. She also has new-found respect from her peers and professors and has decided to pursue her Master's in Education after her May 2020 graduation. “Being selected for the program and receiving the fellowship has made me super proud of myself.”
Hall’s road to Oxford was somewhat serendipitous. She really did not expect to be chosen for the opportunity. “I always sign up for things to expose myself to new and different experiences. I honestly didn’t think I was going to be accepted. But once I received my letter, I gained more confidence and wanted to go to do something big for my small university and make my family and friends proud,” said Hall. “I just want to give a special thanks to Dr. Freeman, Dr. Richardson, Ms. Jordan, Mr. Davenport, and the Department of Education for guiding me and helping me to become successful,” she added.
“This experience is a huge boost to my career because it will set me apart from my competition. This opportunity will look good on my resume, and the knowledge I gained from this program will help me to change the world.”
To find out more about Coppin’s Study Abroad program, contact The Office of International Programs, located in the Grace Jacobs Building, Rm. 413. Office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm. Call 410-951-3392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org