Project Development from a Distance: A Case Example Karen S. Rotabi, PhD, LMSW, MPH Assistant Professor Virginia Commonwealth University
Where it Began: Research & Relationship Building
-Guatemala Intercountry Adoption Policy Analysis-
Race & Discrimination (Mayans) Lack of Education & Opportunity History of War, Genocide & Displacement Health Disparities: Reproduction/ Contraception & Malnutrition Extreme Poverty & Desperation Most Basic Human Resource: Sex Organs & Reproduction Guatemala Child Adoption Policy U.S. Demand for babies & Policies International Policies: CRC & Hague Convention Cultural Context: gender roles, religion, ‘ machismo’ (high rape rates), & shame of illegitimacy, Political Corruption & Oppression Colonialism Economy Export Agriculture Over Population lack of history of domestic adoptions
1. While global social work is very satisfying and has great opportunities, it can be a lonely existence within the faculty environment because your work is often done out of sight and you can be accused of always coming and going.
2. Also, it is inevitable that others do not understand—see you as pursuing a travel opportunity rather than a research agenda
3. I’m still trying to figure out how to mix a service project with a research project (again the tenure issue)