This presentation highlights efforts to incorporate Diplomacy Lab projects into dual-level courses on environmental health, science, and engineering as a way of training interdisciplinary students - including nurses, healthcare providers, engineers, and scientists - about global health challenges. The results of three projects will be discussed including: 1) the role of social sciences in helping to encourage improved stewardship of antibiotics; 2) the relationship among incarcerated populations and contagious diseases observed in nearby, local communities; and 3) the importance of proper communication tools to share the value and benefits of both agroecology and sustainable intensification to produce more, healthy, nutritious, safe food.
Experience with term-length projects integrated into existing courses on environmental microbiology, environmental systems modeling, and environmental health engineering as well as independent, undergraduate and graduate research, will be presented in the form of case studies. Demographics of students will be included for comparison to other courses and other institutions. What worked well, and what didn't work well will be highlighted. Participants will be invited to share their views on 'how' to integrate Diplomacy Lab into their own courses and their own institutions. The process for how to submit a Diplomacy Lab project request will be reviewed and expert hints on strategies for successful submission of Diplomacy Lab project bids will be presented.
Participants will gain specific knowledge on 'what' is Diplomacy Lab, and 'how' to apply for a Diplomacy Lab project at their own institution. Participants will also be provided with exemplars of 'positive' and 'negative' experiences through a case study review. The overall objective is for some of the participants to return to their home institutions with a desire - and the tools - to successfully complete the integration of Diplomacy Lab into their own course curricula.
The long term benefit is that future nursing students will be increasingly exposed to the challenges and opportunities of scientific diplomacy in an increasingly interconnected global community. Faculty and students interested in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or in organizations such as Nurses Without Borers would be ideal audience members.
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