About the Program Director
Ann Petrila, MSW, MPA
Professor of the Practice
Director of Global Practice Bosnia
Coordinator of Global Initiatives
Coordinator of Sustainable Development and Global Practice Concentration
Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver
Craig Hall, Room 434
From the first time I went to Bosnia in 2007 it has been my dream to introduce students to this amazing country, it's warm and resilient people, and it's natural beauty. For the past 6 years I have been able to realize that dream by directing the Global Practice Bosnia program, an 8-week internship in Sarajevo. I also lead a group of graduate students in a 2-week immersion course looking at the social work response in post-war Bosnia.
Global Practice Bosnia is open to all DU graduate students which makes it really interesting for me as the professor. Students choose their academic programs for a variety of reasons which means I get to be with students from a large number of disciplines, all who see the world a bit differently from each other. It makes for great discussions.
Having the good fortune to spend so much time in Bosnia means that I have developed a wide network of colleagues and friends. Because of this, Global Practice Bosnia students get to meet and spend time with a lot of people they would not otherwise have the chance to know. We learn from agency directors, government officials, war crime judges, shop owners, hiking guides, war survivors and genocide survivors. People are extraordinarily generous with their time and they always give us a warm welcome.
Bosnia is like a second home to me and I'm always delighted to talk with anyone who is interested in learning more about it. If you come to my office you might find my dog Kovači there. I met him when he was a 3-month old street dog in Sarajevo and now he lives like a sultan in Denver. You never know where life will take you.