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Cheyney’s Meghan Sowersby Shares Study Abroad Experience with PASSHE's Interim Chancellor for PCN TV Segment

January 17, 2018

Junior Communications major Meghan Sowersby and Keystone Honors Academy Director, Nicole Rayfield at PCN TVJunior Communications major Meghan Sowersby and Keystone Honors Academy Director, Nicole Rayfield recently participated in a taping of a round-table panel discussion with Interim Chancellor Dr. Karen M. Whitney, which will be shown as part of PCN TV’s "Infinite Opportunities." "Infinite Opportunities" highlights the happenings and range of enriching opportunities at Pennsylvania’s 14 State System universities. 

The episode, entitled “Broadening My Horizons,” focuses on the variety of ways to gain experiences and learn about different cultures at the 14 PASSHE universities. During the taping, Interim Chancellor Whitney posed several questions to the panel and the participants shared their school’s unique efforts to offer engaging cultural opportunities and programs for students. Sowersby, Rayfield and Dr. Whitney were also joined by Corinne Gibson, Director of Inclusive Excellence at Slippery Rock University, for the discussion.

Of being asked to select a student participant for the show, Rayfield states that, “Meghan is an exemplary example of a global scholar and it was a pleasure having her insight and perspective as part of the conversation.” 

Indeed, Sowersby has enjoyed many opportunities while studying at Cheyney University. 

A member of the Keystone Honors Academy, Meghan was selected as 1 of 10 students in the nation for the inaugural year of the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Center on International Educational Exchange. She received an all-inclusive scholarship to study abroad for a month in London, England during the summer of 2017. There, she also served as an ambassador at the London Embassy of the United States, studied the culture of Afro-Caribbean descendants in the United Kingdom and traveled to Northern Ireland to engage in conversation with Irish Members of Parliament.

Selected in the namesake of exemplary orator and leader, Meghan also participated in a class on Intercultural Communication and Leadership during her study abroad. During this time, she was able to expand her cultural perspectives, make lasting international connections and network with other Historically Black College & University (HBCU) campus leaders. 

Upon her return to Cheyney in fall 2017, Meghan facilitated “The Sky’s the Limit: How to Find, Secure, and Make the Most of Study Abroad” student-to-student workshop. She hopes to expose minority students to the opportunities available to them to become representatives of the capable HBCU students on the global stage.

The “Broadening My Horizons” episode of "Infinite Opportunities" will air on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9:30 AM on PCN. Catch Season 4, and prior season episodes that spotlight Cheyney, and other PASSHE students, here.