The Haiti Institute in Sewanee is a center for collaborative educational partnerships between Haiti and Sewanee: the University of the South. It’s goal is to promote, foster and envision scholarship and research across a broad spectrum of interests pertaining to Haiti and Haitian studies.

Many of our projects are in early stages, but we hope that each develops as a model that is useful, scalable and adoptable, both in Haiti and in Sewanee.  We welcome the involvement of diverse disciplines and new ideas.  Currently, we are exploring diverse partnerships, ranging from an initiative to reintroduce shade grown coffee agroecosystems in a remote Haitian mountain village, to linking the renown  Sewanee Summer Music Festival with young musicians in Cange, Haiti.

Who we are.  Since 2005, Dixon Myers of Sewanee’s Outreach office has been taking student groups on dental and medical trips to Haiti.   He invited Deborah McGrath, and Pradip Malde, professors in Biology and Documentary Photography, to join his trips because he strongly believed that academics and outreach should be integrated through coursework and programs at Sewanee.   Since that time, McGrath has worked in the Central Plateau region with Zanmi Agrikol (ZA), a Haitian agricultural NGO and sister organization to Zanmi Lasante (ZL, Partners in Health).   Malde has worked both in Port au Prince and Cange.  The Haiti Institute in Sewanee evolved to integrate the diverse and growing number of collaborative initiatives in Haiti led by Sewanee faculty, students and staff.