Panama: Through the Lens of Agriculture, Diversity and Sustainability

Panama: Through the Lens of Agriculture, Sustainability and Diversity

Horses grazing in a field
Summer Semester 2020 | April 30 - May 10, 2020
Panama City, Panama
FAES 3797.04 and FAES 3790.04

Led by Animal Sciences faculty member, Dr. Lyda Garcia, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are collaborating to offer Panama: Through the Lens of AgriCulture, Sustainability and Diversity, an education abroad program in Panama City and Bocete, Panama. Assisting Dr. Garcia with the course and travel program are Ms. Pamela Thomas, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for CFAES and Ms. Lauren Lopez, Program Manager of the Dr. James L. Moore III Scholars Program.

This Spring Semester course (1-credit hour) will expose Ohio State students to the importance of strategic development and sensitivity to culture through the lens of food production and availability. Participants will gain a better understanding of the role of natural resources, government policy, education in a countries development. Students will experience the multicultural diversity of Panama through visiting the organic and sustainable farms in the northern regions where the Afro-Panamanian culture is thriving during the travel portion of the course from April 30 - May 10, 2020, while earning two additional credit hours during summer term. Students will explore how development in a Central American country is shaped based upon US influence, land quality, technical education, and local resources. The program will include a cruise on the Panama Canal, interactions with secondary students, tours of organic and sustainable farms, service projects, as well as free time at a beach and tours of culturally significant sites.

Information meetings will be held on the following dates:

Monday, 9/23/19 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Hale Hall MLK Room)
Monday, 9/30/19 at 4:30 -5:30 p.m. (Agricultural Admin Room 246)

For more information, please contact Kelly Newlon at