Featured Colleague – Subhas Rampersaud

 

By Stephanie McMillen

Subhas Tiwari Rampersaud, professor of political science, teaches U.S. Government and a LinC honors class on the West Campus. When asked what inspired him to come to Valencia, Subhas said, “I was attracted by the student-centered philosophy at Valencia and its rich cultural diversity.”

His first interactions with the college came when he was teaching at an institution near East Campus and was invited to present workshops on Yoga and health. “I found my interactions with staff and faculty at Valencia to be warm and welcoming,” Subhas explained. “That continues to be my experience at my home campus, where my campus administration, my dean and peers are extremely supportive. I feel at home here.”

Subhas is, as one of his peers said, a “student magnet,” welcoming them with his innovative approach to learning and gift for transcending cultures. He is passionate about learning through co-curricular activities and believes that such activities are a vital part of developing citizenship participation and awareness among our students.

He is the founder and advisor of HERO (Human Empathy Rights Organization), a student club at the West Campus that boasts a membership of 200 students, and is dedicated to promoting the importance of service learning.

Most recently, Subhas demonstrated his commitment to co-curricular activities through his club’s involvement in the week-long Conversation on Compassion events. Subhas and his students orchestrated the events surrounding the visiting speaker Agnes Kamara-Umunna, a Liberian radio host and author, who has been instrumental in helping child soldiers integrate back into society after a brutal civil war (see top, left photo). Read more about this event on the Valencia News site in Women Behind Liberia’s Peace Movement Inspire Students, Faculty.

Subhas is also an avid Yoga practitioner who introduced the discipline to Valencia in 2006, and is currently teaching credit courses in Yoga at the East Campus. He also volunteers his time to serve as a Hindu lay chaplain for the Central Florida hospitals, and sits on the planning committee of the annual Bioethics Symposium between the Orlando Regional Health Care and the University of Central Florida.

As a dynamic speaker, Subhas has presented at several national and international conferences on topics related to Yoga and education, Yoga and health, and Yoga philosophy. When he is not helping to guide students through their educational journey and toward greater harmony and balance, Subhas tends to his garden, does some carpentry and writes poetry.

Prior to joining Valencia in 2006, he was a faculty member at the Hindu University of America in Orlando. Subhas earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in political science from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and a Master of Arts degree in Yoga Philosophy from the Bihar Yoga University in India. He has lived, worked and studied in Guyana, Canada, India and the United States.

Know someone doing great work at the college? Send your recommendation to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu and he or she may be one of our featured colleagues!

2 Comments

  • Darryl Pirmal said:

    You are Awesome my friend.

    It has been a great pleasure to have been in your presence for the past two years and I hope our shared passion for Valencia and it success towards students escalate.

    AMWed, 01 Feb 2012 07:22:59 +0000Wed, 01 Feb 2012 07:22:59 +0000am12,7:22 am

  • Jyoti said:

    Subhas

    What a nice tribute and well deserved too. Jyoti

    AMWed, 01 Feb 2012 09:13:47 +0000Wed, 01 Feb 2012 09:13:47 +0000am12,9:13 am

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