Villegas, Watts-Isley and Zomorodi receive COIL Awards

We are pleased to announce that three of our faculty members have been awarded a COIL Award from UNC Global: Congratulations to Drs. Villegas, Watts-Isley, and Zomorodi! These awards will support two courses during the Spring 2021 semester. Both courses will have built in synchronous and asynchronous classes for 3 weeks of the semester. Read more about COIL and the awardees below.

Through the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative, the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs is offering Curriculum Development Awards for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) as part of a goal to develop global education opportunities that are inclusive by design. These awards support Carolina faculty members interested in working with a colleague at an international partner institution to develop collaborative activities for students in their regularly scheduled courses. Faculty members will design collaborative projects or assignments to virtually connect students from the two courses, one at each institution, over a period of at least three weeks.

Meg Zomorodi and Jaimee Watts-Isley, in partnership with Jacqui Young at Australian Catholic University, will use the award to support NURS402 – Foundations of Population Health and Global Health. This is a core course in the new undergraduate curriculum where students will focus on population health and global health as essential components of nursing. Students will examine global health challenges as well as policy strategies of promoting health for all. The course will be offered for the first time in 2021.

The School of Nursing has collaborated with Australian Catholic University (ACU) since 2017. We have had bidirectional exchanges of students and faculty since 2018. Our undergraduate students have the option of a UNC faculty-led clinical experience each August as part of an elective course. Similarly, the students from ACU visited UNC in early summer alongside an ACU faculty member.

Natalia Villegas, in partnership with Marcela Gonzales and Solange Campos at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, will use the award to support NURS 320: Culture and Nursing Care. This elective undergraduate course addresses the relationship of culture to health and health care practices, the role of culture in structure and delivery of health care in selected countries, and with selected indigenous and minority populations. This course involves exploration and discussion of individual values, beliefs and practices, and the values, beliefs and practices of people from various cultures. This course has built in faculty-led clinicals where student have the option of going abroad. The course was offered for the first time in 2020.

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have collaborated activities since 2013. Through the PAHO/WHO collaborating center at PUC, the SON has worked with PUC SON faculty since 2017 to strengthening the nursing profession and education in Chile and the rest of the Americas.