Deciding to take on an international exchange can be an already daunting, exhausting, and stressful pursuit. But on this episode, we are joined by Gilman alumna Harriet Browne, who discusses how embarking on exchange as a student with learning disabilities was an entirely different ballgame. Despite the hurdles discussed, Harriet gives credit to her current travel bug, interest in public health, and entrepreneurial endeavors to her time abroad. Not to mention that staying organized while also utilizing the resources around her was key to her academic and social success abroad.
Harriet Browne (Dominican Republic, 2010), creator of Anansi Travels is a current Master’s candidate with Emory University. She was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas but her familial and ethnic roots can be traced to Ghana, West Africa, where she takes college students and young professions to explore through Anansi Travels determined to combat the negative stereotypes about the continent of Africa at large. Harriet dreams of one day using her up-and-coming degree in Public Health in an international capacity alongside the U.S. Department of State. She hopes sharing her story will inspire other first-generation students with learning disabilities to embark on exchange.
In this episode, we have covered some of the challenges and triumphs of studying abroad with a disability. We want to make our audience aware that ‘The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange’ is a project of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA. Learn more: https://www.miusa.org/’