Emerge Faculty Fellow: Dr. Melinda L. Lewis

Dr. Melinda Lewis
Dr. Melinda L. Lewis

From the Underground Railroad to Modern Day Human Trafficking

Social work students enrolled in the graduate Social Work Program at UWF will travel a section of the historic Underground Railroad to learn about the history of slavery in the United States and the many routes taken in the pursuit of freedom during the Abolitionist Period of the 19th Century.

Students will visit historic sites, museums and monuments highlighting this period in order to gain a greater understanding of the sacrifices experienced by those who sought freedom, as well as those who helped them. It is hoped that students will come away with an appreciation for the combined sacrifices, persistence and human endurance of those who pioneered the road to freedom for slaves in this country.

From a pedagogical standpoint, connecting the historical significance of oppression in the United States to modern-day human trafficking is a logical progression in this immersive learning experience. Students will explore how the long history of racial oppression in the United States can be translated and applied to a global awareness of how racial hatred and oppression affects vulnerable populations worldwide.


High Impact Practices (HIPs) Utilized

  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning
  • Community–Based Learning

For more information, please contact Dr. Melinda Lewis at mlewis1@uwf.edu, or 850–474–2614.


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