Former Cape Verdean President Monteiro Newest Boston University African President-in-Residence

April 17th, 2007 in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases 0 comments

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(Boston) – Former two-term President António Mascarenhas Monteiro of Cape Verde has accepted an appointment as the newest African President-in-Residence at Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center, it was announced today by APARC Director Charles Stith, a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania.

Funded by a $1 million grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, the residency enables democratically elected former African leaders to spend up to two years at BU sharing insights on contemporary trends in Africa. Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda was named the first Balfour President-in-Residence in 2002. Since then, Ruth Sando Perry of Liberia, Karl Auguste Offmann of Mauritius, and Sir Q. Ketumile Masire of Botswana have been APARC guests.

Monteiro was Cape Verde’s second president since the former Portuguese colony became independent in 1975. He was first elected in 1991, the first president chosen in a multi-party election, and was reelected in 1996 with nearly 80 percent of the vote.

“With the sizeable Cape Verdean population in New England, we are excited about President Monteiro being available to engage that community even as we engage the broader community about the historic links between the U.S. and many African nations,” said Stith.

“Cape Verde is one of eight African countries to receive sizeable grants through the Millennium Challenge Account, created by the Bush administration,” Stith said, “so this will be an opportunity to understand the potential for that program to aid nascent democracies as they attempt to grow their economies and deliver a democracy dividend for their citizens.”

Stith’s announcement came as APARC marks its fifth anniversary with a teleconference forum – a simultaneous breakfast in Los Angeles, lunch in Boston, and dinner in Johannesburg – to honor four individuals for their positive contributions to African-U.S. relations.

The Boston gathering honored Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the Republic of Tanzania, the first women to hold the post. It was her first major public appearance since assuming the UN post in February.

Honored in Los Angeles was Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., founder of the Save Africa’s Children organization, which runs more than 320 orphan care projects across 21 African countries, and for 30 years pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles.

Two were honored in Johannesburg: Joaquim Chissano, who served from 1986 to 2005 as the second president of Mozambique and is now a special envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Guinea-Bissau; and South African President Thabo Mbeki, elected in 1999 to succeed Nelson Mandela after a career leading that nation’s anti-apartheid efforts.

A dozen African former presidents attended the APARC forum, as well as students from the U.S. and African colleges participating in the APARC American-African Universities Collaborative, and invited business, government, and entertainment guests.

Stith founded APARC to complement BU’s African Studies program — one of the nation’s oldest, established in 1953. APARC organizes forums regarding Africa’s global relationships, and hosts the residency program for African former heads of state.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with more than 30,000 students in its 17 colleges and schools. BU has established an international reputation for excellence in teaching and conducting research on Africa, and has built and maintained broad collaborations with institutions in Africa.

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NPR’S “On Point” to Broadcast Live from New Orleans on April 19

April 17th, 2007 in News Releases, University Affairs 0 comments

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(Boston) — Tom Ashbrook, host of the WBUR-produced, nationally distributed morning National Public Radio news program, “On Point,” will broadcast live from WWNO-FM 89.9 at the University of New Orleans on Thursday, April 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CDT (10 a.m.-12 noon EDT) while he is voluntarily participating in a week-long Gulf Coast-area rebuilding project.

Ashbrook will interview local residents of New Orleans to discuss their lives a year and a half after Katrina. In the first hour, entitled “Big Questions for New Orleans and the Nation,” guests include historian Douglas Brinkley and Times Picayune columnist and author Lolis Eric Elie. In the second hour, Ashbrook will speak with local residents of New Orleans on the rebuilding of shattered lives and community. Guests will include Tom Watson, senior pastor of Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries; Leah Chase, called by The New York Times the nation’s most revered Creole chef; and Don Marshall, executive director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

“On Point,” produced by WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station, airs on over 90 NPR stations throughout the country. A hybrid of a talk program and a news magazine, “On Point” puts each day’s news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate. Ashbrook is an award-winning journalist brought to radio by the attacks of September 11, 2001, after a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing. More information on “On Point” can be found online at

“On Point” can be heard on WWNO’s high-definition channel-WWNO2-FM:

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member station of National Public Radio. WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, and has been named Associated Press News Station of the Year in 2003-05. More information on WBUR can be found online at

Institute for Geriatric Social Work at Boston University to Provide Training to Emergency Psychiatric Service Providers

April 17th, 2007 in Health & Medicine, News Releases, School of Social Work 0 comments

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 |

(Boston) – Boston University today announced that the Institute for Geriatric Social Work (IGSW), part of the university’s School of Social Work (SSW), has partnered with the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) to provide online training in aging to MBHP’s psychiatric service providers. As the “baby boom” generation ages, health and social service professionals are on the cusp of an unprecedented demographic boom. One of the major impacts will be on the provision of mental health services to older adults.

The need for workforce trained in elder care reaches across all states and most behavioral health settings. The MBHP has contracted with the IGSW to train 150 of its psychiatric Emergency Service Providers (ESPs) located in 26 Psychiatric Emergency Teams across Massachusetts. ESPs are contracted by the MBHP and the Department of Mental Health to provide 24-hour service for adults in need of immediate psychiatric intervention. Individuals who need emergency care receive assistance through crisis support, information and referrals.

The ESPs will receive 21 hours of online training from the IGSW to obtain a certificate in aging. IGSW‘s online training courses are internet-based, effective and efficient for training a geographically dispersed group of learners. The courses are designed to increase knowledge and skills for practitioners in areas such as health, mental health, and substance abuse issues in the aging population. IGSW has developed over 40 courses and offers an IGSW online Certificate in Aging. Since 2002, IGSW has provided training in aging to over 36,000 practitioners in every state of the country and in 13 countries worldwide.

Despite advances in mental illness treatment, older adults are still not receiving much needed services – largely due to a shortage of practitioners in the mental health workforce. Scott Miyake Geron, MSW, Ph.D., director of the IGSW, explains, “for too long, serious treatable mental health and substance abuse problems have gone untreated, either because they have failed to be identified, or because they have been misdiagnosed. The lack of adequately trained mental health professionals contributes to the needless suffering, ineffective or insufficient treatment, and unnecessary costs to individuals, their families, and society.”

“The collaboration between IGSW and MBHP strives to train practitioners as well as enhance mental health programs to skillfully serve older adults now and well into the future,” said Jennifer Piemme, program director of the BEST Bay Cove Urgent Care Center. “Our ESP clinicians have only just begun the training and have already given positive feedback to their supervisors about the program and how it will help in their work with older adults.”

Established in 2002 with a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Institute for Geriatric Social Work (IGSW) has become a leader in the effort to build a stronger workforce for an aging society through educational innovation and assessment. Over 36,000 IGSW-trained practitioners are currently working in the field and IGSW educational programs and training are now available in all 50 states and overseas. Located at Boston University School of Social Work, one of the nation’s preeminent social work programs, IGSW brings together expertise in instructional technology, educational design, and evaluation to improve the quality of practice of social workers and other social service practitioners who work with older adults and their families.

The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership manages mental health and substance abuse services for more than 300,000 MassHealth members across the Commonwealth. Working collaboratively with Members, their families, advocates, state agencies, and providers, MBHP has created a community-based system of care that integrates mental health and primary. MBHP is committed to ensuring that Members receive clinically appropriate, high quality, accessible health care. To achieve this, MBHP has stressed the involvement of consumers and their families to ensure that their needs guide programs. For more information visit

The School of Social Work at Boston University is one of the oldest schools of social work in the country and is known for its research and training in the areas of substance abuse, gerontology, health and mental health, and children and youth, and for the involvement of its faculty in community-based projects.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes, which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.