Suffolk U. Names Judith Dushku Dean and Academic Director - Dakar Campus

10/18/2002

BOSTON -- Judith Dushku, who has taught Suffolk University's Government Department for thirty-seven years, has been appointed Dean and Academic Director of Suffolk University's Dakar Campus.

Dushku has had extensive international academic experience, with a focus on Africa. She has taught African students at the Senegal campus and directed Suffolk's summer study-abroad program for American students in Dakar.

"I came away with a great sense of excitement and high expectations of the role Suffolk can play in Africa in general and in Dakar more specifically," she said. "Dakar has long been a cultural center in Africa, and Senegal's President Wad wants Suffolk to help expand that role by having an English-language university along with the existing French-language institutions in this educational and intellectual capital.

Because Dakar is a peaceful city in a peaceful country, it appeals not only to American students, but also to students from all over Africa, she said.

"Judith Dushku is an outstanding professional in the field of government, and I am confident that, as Dean and Academic Director of the Dakar Campus, she will foster the University's mission by expanding educational opportunity to both African students and to American students seeking to broaden their horizons," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Ronayne.

Dushku replaces David Robbins, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean, who has returned to his duties on the Boston campus after three years in Dakar.

During her years as a professor, Dushku has always encouraged the meeting and mingling of people who are different than one another, and now she find African students of different nations, cultures and religions asking her how Americans deal with their differences.

"It's been part of my life's work, but I had never dreamed I'd be part of a multi-cultural campus in Africa, where students are trying to learn to deal with diversity." she said.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, is a comprehensive, global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of 6,400 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management and New England School of Art and Design.

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