Anastasia Shown is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and a global education consultant. For the last decade, Anastasia has been designing and implementing community and school-based outreach programs to educate the public about Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She has expanded the network of Penn’s Africa, Middle East, South Asia and East Asia Centers from a handful of local public partners to 100+ K-12 schools, colleges, nonprofits, professional associations and government agencies in Philadelphia, the nation, and abroad.
She fulfilled her BA at Indiana University and the University of Ghana, majoring in Women’s Studies. She earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. She’s done fieldwork and research in Ghana, Cameroon and Ethiopia. She was awarded the Global Young Advocate Award by the United Nations Association of America, a Fulbright-Hays grant to train U.S. educators in Ethiopia, the Centennial Partner Award by International House Philadelphia and the inaugural Globy Award for Educational Leadership. She is an alumni of Up with People International and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia and the Global Philadelphia Association.
“While I was a student in the MSW program, I crafted my educational experience around international social work. I took courses with a global focus, interned at organizations working with immigrants and working on international advocacy, and participated in the vast variety of global activities at Penn and in Philadelphia. Right after graduation I worked in Ghana and Cameroon on social research projects then returned to Penn where I became the Assistant Director of African Studies and ran their community outreach program for 7 years. Today I teach K-12 and college/grad students and consult for various global education projects.”