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Domestic Intercultural Immersion (DII) 
Experiences Program

Funded by the Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition program, the Domestic Intercultural Immersion program provides students with a high-impact practice that helps prepare them to take part in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.

A domestic intercultural immersion experience at UW-Eau Claire is defined as a guided, critically-reflective intercultural experience outside the classroom designed to challenge and transform students' perspectives regarding cultural norms and values. People's beliefs, customs, experiences and environment create shared ways of perceiving and engaging in the world. Through dialogue and relationship building, students become more aware of and reflect on multiple perspectives. Guided, critical reflection is a key component to students' transformations as they seek a deeper understanding of another culture as well as their own. A meaningful engagement within the cultural environment inspires students to analyze the foundational assumptions that govern their thoughts and actions.

Goals of the Domestic Intercultural Immersion (DII) Experiences Program

  • To engage learners firsthand with various cultures, populations and environments within the U.S.
  • To deepen learners' understandings of intercultural dynamics as they relate to the UW-Eau Claire Liberal Education Learning Goals. 

Please note: The goals of the Blugold Commitment are to extend access and affordability to these exceptional high-impact practices for all UW-Eau Claire undergraduates, to ensure that more of these opportunities are available for these students, and to increase the numbers of students who participate. Therefore, while UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in multiple high-impact immersion programs, each student is eligible to receive BCDT funding for only one DII experience. Any student who has participated in a previous DII experience is not eligible to receive funding through BCDT for a second DII experience. The only exception to this is if a student who participated in a previous DII experience returns as a student leader to the same program.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 DII award recipients! Click here for more information about each program.

For additional information or questions:
Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator
E-mail: freitasb@uwec.edu 
Phone: 715-836-6037

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