Joan Strouse is an Emerita Professor from Portland State University. Her area of specialization includes adjustment and transition challenges for immigrant and refugee populations and improving the educational opportunities for historically marginalized groups. While on sabbatical in 1991-92 Dr. Strouse was a research associate at the Tribal Research Center at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Joan has received Fulbright-Hays Awards and has traveled to Turkey in 1998 and N. Yemen and Tunisia in 1989 to further her research. In 2002 she was recognized for her enduring work with the Portland Public Schools-Migrant Education Project and received the “Urban Impact Award” from the Council of Great City Schools and the Council of Great Cities. The Mayor of Portland, Oregon appointed Professor Strouse as Commissioner to the Metropolitan Human Rights Commission in 1994. Dr. Strouse has led several Service Learning projects in Latin America. She currently lives in central highlands of Mexico and is involved with NGOs that promote global justice and increasing educational opportunities for rural Mexican women. Joan is an avid world traveler and this will be her 2nd voyage with Semester at Sea having taught on the MV Explorer in Spring, 2009.