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Daniel Pneuman

Rilwan Ameen is an alumnus of SUNY Oneonta, May 2012. Currently he is an M.A. student at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He aspires to be a news anchor with an emphasis in Sports Communications.

As a participant in the Africana and Latino Studies 2011 Learn and Serve Intersession program in Ghana, my eyes were opened to a world that I had not experienced for a long time. Being a Mass Communication student, my internship placement was as an intern for TV Africa. Immersing myself in Ghanaian culture helped me to see a first-hand account of the way Ghanaians viewed television production. When I arrived I immediately felt their genuine nature, as they were extremely welcoming in endearing me to Ghana with the word ‘Akwaaba,’ meaning welcome. The highlight of my Ghanaian journey was when the native people renamed me ‘Kofi’ meaning Friday-born. This was a great honor for me as it made me feel closer to the Ghanaian people in an inter-connected way. 
 Ghana is enriched with education, understanding, culture and dance. From my studying abroad experience, I learned traveling is more than sight seeing. Change occurs where life takes on a profound existence. A journey to another side of the Atlantic unveiled the commonality of the bonds that tie together people from all walks of life together. Entrenching myself in the Ghanaian culture made it possible to understand the wonders of multicultural communications and its interconnectedness that only communicative gestures, actions and symbols can form.

Daniel PneumanDaniel Pneuman: B.A., Africana and Latino Studies [Africana Track] and Political Science with a Social Justice Studies Minor, 2011. He is now an Office Administrator in a civil rights law firm that serves the poor and disenfranchised in Milwaukee, WI and President of Peace Action WI where he collaborates with staff to design and enact legislative campaigns on matters of peace and social justice at the state and national levels. Within two years he plans to pursue graduate studies in international development.

I started at SUNY Oneonta as an undeclared major who knew only one thing: I have a passionate desire to work to improve living conditions and human rights in the Global South. I quickly discovered that the ALS department was the best fit for me. Today it is critically important for students to understand the history of oppression in all of its nuanced forms (racial, ethnic, class, gender, sexual) and the skills to communicate how power works in different social and governance systems. No other department provides students with the conceptual tools to understand that and how to implement change. Through ALS I participated in service learning, e.g., supervising and helping our group build a village clinic in southeastern Ghana and interned for a semester with a Ghanaian human rights organization in Cape Coast, CHRAJ, gaining the depth of experience quite unlikely in the US. I learned about political governance in the SADC simulation course and advocacy on campus through Students for Global Education (SA) and the Center for Multicultural experiences (CME). ALS faculty helped me maximize my learning.

Eliezer RosarioEliezer Rosario, II, B.A. in Africana and Latino Studies and Spanish, 2006. Currently, he works as an educator and mentor in his home community of Buffalo, NY and as a Probation Officer for Erie County, NY.

When I arrived at SUNY Oneonta in the fall of 2001, I did not have an idea of what I wanted to do or major in.  My only focus was to get a degree and declared Spanish at first since it is my native language, but after two semesters, I encountered social science requirements and was advised to take an ALS course.  One course led to another and by my junior year, I had declared ALS as a major.  I enjoyed the coursework because it was very personal to me, helped me understand who I was, and the world I inhabit, and more importantly, the rapport I built over time with ALS faculty.  My Africana and Latino Studies degree was the groundwork that paved the way for me to work as a Teacher and Career Advisor for the Buffalo Public Schools, Adult Education Division and Erie County Correctional Facility.  Work experiences since my days at SUNY Oneonta prepared me to pursue a M.S. in Education, work in my community not only as an Educator and Mentor, but also now as a Probation Officer serving Erie County.  I am forever grateful for the faculty and staff of the ALS Department (the late Dr. Ralph Watkins, Dr. K. O’Mara, Dr. Caridad Souza-Watkins, Dr. Enrique Morales, Ms. Darwin Davis, Dr. Kwadwo Opoku-Agyemang, Dr. Joshua Rosenthal, and Dr. Donald Hill).

Eliezer RosarioFranly Rosario graduated from SUNY Oneonta (2012) with a BS in Psychology & Africana Latino studies. He is currently in graduate school pursuing a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University. 

At Oneonta I had many amazing experiences, many which I must attribute to the ALS department. Throughout my time there I was able to travel to Ghana three times all while developing a better understanding of myself. The professors at the ALS department became mentors and guided me, providing me the support that I needed to excel academically."

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