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Isw08 Rotabi

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    • 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
    • Current Products
      • Multiple Publications
        • Including 2 invited pubs in non-SW/high profile locations
      • Developed a website
        • www.HagueEvaluation.com
      • Interviews with the press
      • Service activity emerged: Volunteer for the US Dept of State for int’l adoption agency accreditation
    • Becoming Relevant to Internationalists
      • Anchor Ideas with
      • Human Rights
      • i.e. Convention on Rights of the Child
      • Other Int’l Agreements
      • i.e. Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption
      • Historical Analysis
      • i.e. Catalyst events
      • (war, genocide, etc.)
    • What’s At Stake
    • Lessons Learned
      • Because I was not “in country,” the process was filled with frustration
      • Networking by email and telephone is really like a roulette
      • Development of policy papers have a value-added to people on the ground
      • My ability to develop proposals is an asset to others
      • I’ve been willing to chase down some rabbit holes—being a risk taker is also an asset
    • More Lessons Learned
      • 7. Networking at international conferences has paid off
      • 8. Self promotion is a little uncomfortable, but it is necessary
      • 9. Language skills are essential—I must continue to improve my Spanish
      • 10. Choose a region—become an expert in an area (i.e. my focus on Central America & post-conflict)
      • 11. As junior faculty, this is risky business in terms of tenure (even if they say int’l SW is a priority)
    • Final Thoughts…
      • 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)