Sharon Dettmer

Sharon Dettmer, PhD Board Secretary
Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor, Social Science Cazenovia College

I have been teaching at Cazenovia College since 1995, and will soon begin my sixth year as chair the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  My doctorate is in Social Science with concentrations in International Development and United Nations Studies.  I have spent a number of years in other countries, including living and conducting research in Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, and India.   Presently, my teaching and research focus on social stratification, international human rights, and modern day slavery.   I also serve as faculty advisor to the Human Rights Club in which the students participate in a number of educational and fundraising events for Gabriel’s school in Sudan.

I am on the executive committee as the board secretary since the inception of HOPE for Ariang.   I also serve on the Teacher Communications and Connections Committees of the board.   My specific interests in our educational projects in Ariang concern gender disparities, and the intersection of education, health, and economics in the Sudanese families in Ariang.

In addition to working with HOPE for Ariang, I serve on the Steering Committee of Cazenovia College’s Middle States Self Study.  I have also worked with Catholic Charities in Syracuse and Brooklyn providing direct services to immigrant populations and other people in need, and in coordinating a volunteer program for college graduates.   I am very pleased to offer whatever assistance I am able to give in order to help Gabriel realize a healthy and educated population in Ariang and beyond.