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Nilufer Medora

California State University, Long Beach

Nilufer Medora is a certified family life educator, a full professor, in the area of Child Development and Family Studies, and the Director and Coordinator of the Family Life Education program, in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at California State University, Long Beach.  Courses that she has taught frequently are: Life Span Human Development, The Older Child, Child &  Family in the Community, Family Life Education, Courtship Marriage and the Family, International Families: Families in Cross-Cultural Perspectives, and Research Methods. She has published several book chapters and journal articles in the areas of teenage pregnancy and teen parenthood, human sexuality, mate selection and marriage in an international context, the significance of short-term study abroad programs, and family strengths from a cross-cultural perspective.

She has taught twice in the SAS program, once in Spring 2010, and once in Summer 2012.  She loved the experiences so much that she decided to invest time in the voyage again.  She was selected as the campus representative for the London Semester Program in Spring 2008. She has also planned, organized, and conducted 3- week short term study abroad programs, to New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia seven times in the past ten years.  Experiencing these travels with the students has been the most rewarding, enriching, and life-altering experience for the students and for her.

She has been the recipient of the “Best Advisor of the Year” award, the recipient of the “Outstanding Professor Award”, the “Most Inspirational Professor, and “Service to Students” award. She is very active in the “Partners for Success” mentoring program on campus, and as part of this program, she mentors several first-generation college students. She has traveled extensively and she strongly believes that students need to be more global minded, tolerant, more culturally sensitive, and more aware of international issues.  She endorses and encourages students to incorporate international travel as part of their education.  She is very excited to be on the Spring 2017 voyage and looks forward to meeting and spending time with her fellow colleagues.