My name is Dr. Paul Springer, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be participating in this tour to India with Dr. Dalla and Dr. Bischoff. I have been a faculty member in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies for 7 years and I primarily teach in the Marriage and family Therapy program at UNL. While my research expertise is not in Human Trafficking, I have a passion in working with underserved, marginalized populations, whose voices need to be heard. Currently my research is focused on working with rural underserved populations, particularly around Mental Health.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am excited to be delving into such an important topic as human trafficking. Studying this topic, (unfiltered) in India will be life changing! I look forward to experiencing the multilayered and complex issues surrounding this topic; and know that it will develop a heightened awareness of the terrible challenges that these women and their children face on a daily basis. I can’t help but believe it will be an emotional experience for all of us; one that will shape our worldview; develop increased empathy and capacity for compassion for others as we move into our desired careers.
I am no stranger to Study Abroad experiences through the department of Child, Youth and Family Studies; and have participated in the China Study Abroad trip in 2012; and have lead one tour to Brazil in 2013. I have also lived abroad for several years, having visited over 12 countries, and I speak Portuguese fluently.
On a personal note, I have been married for 12 years, and have four boys, ages 9, 7, 5 and 2. Our house is everything boys, transformers, Harry Potter and sports. It’s great being a dad, and my boys will all be looking forward to reading our blogs during the trip. Fortunately for my wife, we do have a girl…an Australian Shepherd
I’m looking forward to the time we will have to explore India, its rich culture, history and diverse people.