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COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

The Case for
Full Cultural Immersion
Caribbean breezes and music waft from
coffee-scented cafes, and azure seas create
a postcard-like setting in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
Not the typical images most Americans have
of rural Cuba. Rather than downtrodden,
oppressed masses attending re-educationstyle facilities, lively colleagues and students
welcome visitors to the campuses of the
Universidad de Cienfuegos.
"While the academics are the underpinning
of our programs, the goal is to create culturally
and socially responsible populations to lead our
future generations," says Dairo Moreno, president and CEO of CIVITAS Global Education,
Inc, based in Los Angeles. The small but active
provider has operated exclusively in Cuba since
Coursework is just one part of the comprehensive curriculum for UGA students at the Costa
2014, with a goal of building mutual cultural
Rica satellite campus. Their interactions with the host community build their understanding of
understanding between the the people of Cuba
different cultures.
and the United States. Through CIVITAS,
Moreno has established programs between universities nationwide
and live according to the norms of that culture. By challenging stuand their counterparts in Cuba, with the focus being sustainability.
dents to critically analyze their own values and beliefs, their ability
(Read more about Universidad de Cienfuegos's partnership with the
to see past their own worldview and relate to that of others grows.
University of Missouri on page 40.)
If thoroughly integrated, the true internationalization of
Another institution leading the charge to immerse students in
campuses and curriculum could easily increase a student's
local communities is Regis University, a small liberal arts university
self-awareness and geopolitical awareness. In order to understand
in Boston. Each spring break, Regis relocates to a coastal village in
the dynamics of political challenges, it is essential for students to
Peru called Villa El Salvador. There, Regis students focus on culunderstand regional and global factors that impact political and
tural immersion and are able to access all facets of the host society,
economic decisions, including the relationship of one country's
from young children in local orphanages to elderly residents in
physical location or political relationship to another. For instance,
nursing homes, as well as youth at the local university and parish.
without understanding the proximity of Pakistan to India, can a
"This is a sustainable program that has a profound impact on
student understand the full impact and potential domino effect of
political and economic decisions that could potentially impact one both the locals and students. It is an emotional journey as many
of our students have never left the New England area," says David
or both countries?
Crisi, director of the Center for Global Connections. Regis specifiIn a way, this effect is a cultural manifestation of string thecally designed these experiences abroad for students who desire to
ory-when one "string" is pulled, it has direct and indirect levels
utilize their time and talents to help those most in need.
of impact on a variety of other interconnected factors. Some
"I have personally designed and traveled on many student
impacts are immediately perceptible, yet others are delayed but
trips that are all enriching," he says. "However, it is the immersion
equally impactful. Educators must search out ways of training
trips that have the most impact on both the local community and
students to critically analyze and anticipate these impacts and
students alike as they learn from each other."
become proactive rather than reactive in order to understand the
mechanics of the relationships between strong and weak economic forces, political relationships, and global interdependence.
Maximizing Education Abroad Experiences
In essence, it is the synchronicity of humanity.
Though the prevailing theory in education abroad concludes that
Numerous exceptional programs exist that are helping mold
the length of time spent in a country is a critical factor in developing
future global citizens. Challenging students to critically analyze con- awareness and global mindedness, even short-term programs abroad
cepts from a variety of perspectives, especially those that differ from benefit students. To confront the new realities of a changing world
their personal system of beliefs, is essential to creating informed
and facilitate personal growth, students need a curated predeparture
global citizens. Students must be challenged to learn a language and experience that models self-reflection and explicitly teaches principles
culture other than their own, or at least have exposure to them.
of social justice and diverse concepts. This method will help cultivate
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2018

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: China
Quick Questions
Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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