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Bowdoin professor making a difference for Puerto Rico

Professor Nadia Celis is offering a course, via telestream, to students in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico. (WGME)

BRUNSWICK (WGME) -- On the Bowdoin College campus, the director of Latin American Studies is answering a call for help.

Professor Nadia Celis is offering a course, via telestream, to students in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.

"It's important in many ways," Celis said. "On the one hand, it gives the students the opportunity to finish their credits and complete their semester. But it's also a way to keep students connected."

But it's also offering Bowdoin students a chance to gain perspective on what is going on in Puerto Rico.

"Having the opportunity to bring to my students this direct relationship with these other students and with the realities is one of the most interesting parts of teaching this course for me," Celis said.

This is just one of 30 courses that will be offered online around the country.

But it's the only one that allows the students in Brunswick to be in the classroom at the same time as the students in Puerto Rico.

Offering the power of connection in every sense.

"I think that sometimes people underestimate the power of being, of not feeling alone," Celis said. "The feeling that when you are in the middle of some difficulty other people can be there for you."

Professor Celis says she hopes in a way that this advanced technology leads back to the basics of humanity.

"Solidarity, the importance of solidarity," Celis said. "The importance of standing for each other in moments of crisis."

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