Marshall social work faculty member receives WVHEPC Outreach to Mexico grant

PeggyHarmanDr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman of the Marshall University College of Health Professions has received a $3,000 grant to participate in a West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Outreach to Mexico program.

The grant will provide a professional development opportunity for selected faculty members from West Virginia colleges in HEPC to visit Puebla.

Harman, an assistant professor in the college’s Department of Social Work, said this project is an indicator of Marshall University’s dedication to creating a university environment that fosters cultural diversity.

“As a native West Virginian I am extremely proud of Marshall University’s focus on creating an atmosphere that is diverse and academically challenging,” Harman said. “I feel very fortunate to be one of the recipients of this grant and I hope to make valuable faculty and student connections while on the trip.”

Harman said she hopes to connect with international faculty in her field to develop research collaborations, with the ultimate goal of increasing visibility of her department and Marshall University.

“Our purpose as social workers requires that we are extremely knowledgeable about cultures and lifestyles in order to be competent at our practice,” Harman said. “During this trip, I hope to establish a broader learning environment that will encourage students from Puebla to travel to Marshall to explore our program and to provide opportunities for our students to study in Puebla.”

Dr. Clark Egnor, director of international programs for the WVHEPC, said this statewide initiative seeks to develop academic and research linkages with institutions in Puebla through faculty networking and promotion of student mobility between West Virginia and Puebla.

“I am very pleased to see that Marshall University will be represented on this very important higher education mission to Mexico,” Egnor said. “I value the efforts of our faculty who have dedicated time to this project and I am optimistic that this effort will result in greater exchange of students between Mexico and West Virginia in the future.”

Harman will be joined in Puebla by the dean of the college, Dr. Michael Prewitt, and Marshall University College of Business employee Lisa Williamson. Four students from Marshall University will travel June 5-23 with faculty to Puebla for this study abroad opportunity. For more information on the Puebla study abroad trip, visit or contact Marshall’s study abroad office at 304-696-2379. To learn more about Marshall’s Department of Social Work, visit


Photo: Dr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman, originally from Randolph County, West Virginia, will travel to Puebla, Mexico, June 5-23, with four students from Marshall University, one student from Fairmont State University, one student from Concord University and one student from West Virginia State University.