This partnership, built on trust, close collaboration, and shared values, is in no small part thanks to several key individual efforts. Professor Ann Stromberg, Ph.D., M.P.H, proposed this summer program to Pitzer College’s Study Abroad office, with hopes of attracting pre-medical students and those interested in related health fields to a study abroad program focused on health and Spanish-language immersion. (Students with any major may participate—and do.) Likewise, Mike Donahue of Pitzer College's Study Abroad office has been essential and appreciated for many years of directly overseeing and teaching in the program with expertise and passion. Colleague Jamie Francis is a stalwart, a key, in keeping all of us on-track. The College’s heads of Study Abroad, Tom Manley, Carol Brandt, and Michael Ballagh have never wavered in support of this program.
At 80 years of age, "founding mother" Stromberg looks forward to involvement again this year. She says that working together with amazing Pitzer College and ICADS colleagues, and open and inspiring students, has been one of the highlights and greatest pleasures of her career. Pitzer College has recognized Stromberg’s long-term commitment to the public health summer program in Costa Rica by naming a new dormitory located at the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology, Albergue Stromberg.
Eventually, our institutional partnership expanded to include Pitzer College's semester-long program located at the Firestone Center. Students spend their first five weeks of this program in San Jose at ICADS, beginning their immersive cultural experience: living with families, engaging in the rigors of Block I’s Perspectives course, traveling to a variety of ecosystems, and studying Spanish.
ICADS’ teachers and staff have grown with and learned from our Pitzer College colleagues over the years and our partnerships has developed into respectful friendships. We look forward to engaging the challenges of the future together!
—ICADS and Pitzer College staff, written in collaboration