Interview with Dr. Dharamsi: New Dean Plans to Expand College’s Global Role | The University of Texas at El Paso


A young boy comes to North America with his poor, immigrant family, not knowing a word of English. He learns about sacrifice and hard work from his loving parents, and excels academically through perseverance and the help of dedicated educators.

The story of Shafik Dharamsi, Ph.D., is similar to that of many students who attend The University of Texas at El Paso. That is among the primary reasons why the first-generation college student accepted the responsibility of becoming the new dean of UTEP’s College of Health Sciences and professor of public health.

The married father of two college students is a native of Tanzania who grew up in Toronto, Canada. He earned his doctorate in 2003 from the University of British Columbia, where he also served as a professor of family medicine. His work with the Aga Khan Development Network enabled him to develop extensive education, research and community development experience in Asia, the U.S., Africa and Canada.

He said UTEP’s mission mirrored many of his professional passions, such as a commitment to students, interdisciplinary research, and helping vulnerable populations around the world through community-engaged scholarship.

“UTEP’s College of Health Sciences is in a strong position to help prepare our learners to better understand and engage with a broad range of global issues that affect health and well-being worldwide, (and) to be socially responsive global citizens who can address some of the world’s most pressing problems,” Dharamsi said.


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