Chemistry professor bridging the cultural gap

Hastings College Chemistry Professor Moses Dogbevia details his journey from Ghana to Nebraska.
Hastings College Chemistry Professor Moses Dogbevia details his journey from Ghana to Nebraska.(Sarah Bekele)
Published: Apr. 9, 2021 at 9:11 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Dr. Moses Dogbevia is an award-winning chemistry professor at Hastings College, but his love for education started in his home country of Ghana.

“My elementary school teacher. Yeah, he was so passionate about what he was doing, his care for students. So, that inspired me too.” said Dogbevia.

His elementary teacher also encouraged him to pursue education past the high school level. Dogbevia eventually took his talents to the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and taught for several years before receiving a graduate assistantship that brought him to the United States.

“Everybody’s dream is to come to the United States. We think it is the land of opportunities.”

Dogbevia first came to Reno, Nevada for his graduate assistantship. He also taught in Austin, Texas before eventually coming to central Nebraska in in 2006.

“I interviewed here at Hastings College, I was impressed about the reception and so when they made the offer, I decided to accept.”

Since his time teaching chemistry at Hastings College, Dogbevia has done his part to bridge any cultural gaps. Dogbevia has led a few study abroad trips to his home country of Ghana. He shared what it was like for his students to experience his own culture saying, “When I took a few students to Ghana, when they came back, most of them said their lives have changed.”

Dogbevia also bridges the cultural gap in other ways. He helped organize an event at Hastings College called the “Cultural Festival”.

“My intent was, if we can create a social setting to bring people of all backgrounds together, it gives them the opportunity to socialize and through that socialization people will get to learn a little from one another, that we are all human.”

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