Rosemary Eustace, associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health, received the Wright State International Education Award for her dedication to her students and health care in Tanzania and Malawi. She leads several international programs, all focused on global health.
The International Education Award recognizes leaders in international education at Wright State who impact the lives of their students and communities. The award promotes increasing understanding between people and communities within any academic discipline, co-curricular program or field.
Last summer, Eustace organized a trip to Malawi with several nursing faculty and students to set up a training program for nurses at Kaseye Community Hospital.
Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, director of the University Center for International Education, said working in international health is extremely important.
“It touches the very core of what we do as educators here at Wright State, changing lives,” she said.
Eustace has been engaged in the programs and activities sponsored by the UCIE. She has led several international programs for students to Tanzania and Malawi focused on global health, which Streeter-Ferrari said is a critical issue in the world today.
Along with her work in Africa, Eustace has worked with international students in coordinating and supervising public health nursing students. She has also collaborated with the local Catholic Social Services and facilitated an interprofessional Health Promotion Series for Refuge Train-the-Trainer Program.
In addition, she received a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship in Tanzania. The competitive fellowship is designed to reverse Africa’s brain drain and develop longstanding collaborations between universities in Africa and North America.
Eustace has also mentored other Wright State nursing faculty members through her program in Tanzania and students in their research projects focusing on global health issues. She has played a leadership role on university committees focusing on international education for several years. She is thoughtful and demonstrates the skillset to increase understanding between all people and intercultural communities.