Cross-Cultural Immersion Experiences and Learning Outcomes
This topic area will allow for faculty, students, community members and others to share their learning from varied cultural immersion experiences.
What is the impact of cultural immersion? What does as person gain when s/he spends time within a culture or community that varies greatly from his or her own? In what ways do these experiences enhance one's abilities and skills to successfully communicate and collaborate across cultural boundaries? How do we know?
We invite proposals for papers, presentations or workshops that address the following questions or those related to them:
What distinguishes a cultural immersion experience from a tourist travel? What kinds of changes are notable in the participants? How do we measure these changes?
From an administrative or organizational perspective, what is the process of implementing a cultural immersion experience, either internationally, or in ethnically or socio-economically diverse local communities?
What are best practices in establishing and maintaining relationships and collaborations between universities and communities and/or organizations?
In what ways do these kinds of experiences increase the preparedness of graduates to work effectively in global climates and enable participants to become global citizens?