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University of
Minnesota
students with
women's
cooperative
members in
Toubacouta,
Senegal.

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The new MSID program in Thailand drew many students of Hmong origin, who were going to or returning
to the region for the first time. Many families left the
area as refugees. "It's a population that might not have
(previously) had a study abroad location that spoke to
them," Soneson says.
By sending students to developing nations, "the question of social justice naturally arises. It's an important topic
we feel needs to be part of our curriculum," Soneson says.
Each year about 100 to 150 students take part in the
MSID program. By spending a semester in such locations,
students have "an opportunity to understand complex historical dynamics," she says. "MSID by its very nature will
stretch students beyond their comfort level."
Mohamud Jama, longtime director of Kenya's MSID
program, says the efforts are "devoted to the preparation
of culturally sensitive students."
The students who come to Kenya have an opportunity
to intern with dozens and dozens and dozens of grassroots
organizations that focus on a wide range of issues, including education, children's issues, the environment, global
health, and microbusiness.

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They may work at an elephant sanctuary, at a center for
children who have been abandoned, or with an organization that helps women who live in the slums pool their
money so that a different one of the members can start a
microbusiness each month, Jama says.
During that time, students stay with middle- and
lower-income host families. "How else would they get to
know the cross-cultural issues? How else would they get
to know social justice issues?" Jama asks. "It turns students
into a culturally sensitive lot."
It also forges deep ties between the students and the
host families. "The umbilical cord is never cut," Jama says.
Many students return to visit Kenya and their host
families, bringing their own parents with them. And
many come back to work in Kenya or nearby countries,
he says.
Through their experience with the MSID program, "it
opens up their minds, their attitudes," Jama says. "Their
world view is turned totally upside down."
IE
SUSAN LADIKA is a freelance writer in Tampa, Florida. Her
most recent article for IE was "Women Peacemakers" for the
January/February 2016 issue.

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