Above: SUNY-New Paltz Institute for Disaster Mental Health and BGU - Community Action Program Students
BGU’s Community Action Program and Spitzer Department of Social Work recently hosted State University of New York (SUNY) – New Paltz Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) visitors. The purpose of the visit, led by SUNY IDMH Director Prof. James Halpern, is to promote student to student interaction and understanding of international perspectives of disaster preparedness, response and recovery as well as how to assist people in emergency situations.
This is an extraordinary and beneficial learning experience for all involved thanks to the efforts of Vered Sarusi, Director of the Community Action Program, and Dr. Dorit Segal-Engelchin, Chair of the Spitzer Department of Social Work. “We keep moving forward with our efforts, now in its 7th year of cooperation with SUNY – one of the largest comprehensive systems of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the United States", noted Prof. Richard Isralowitz, organizer of the initiative.
BGU students hosted the US visitors in community-based open apartments. Visits included those to communities that boarder Gaza, the Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem Old City and Masada. In addition, SUNY students met agency heads and officials responsible for social work and mental health services in the western Negev.
A collaborative relationship, signed by BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi and SUNY - New Paltz President Donald P. Christian, brings the universities together to promote understanding and mutual interests. This Memo of Understanding allows students and faculty of both universities to participate together in a unique and culturally diverse experience.
Above: Prof. James Halpern extends greetings to BGU President Rivka Carmi