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Domestic Intercultural Immersion (DII) Experiences Information for Faculty/Staff

Philosophy of Domestic Intercultural Immersion (DII) Experiences Program
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.  A meaningful engagement within the cultural environment inspires students to analyze the foundational assumptions that govern their thoughts and actions.  This program is made possible by a Blugold Commitment Grant.Proposals may focus on issues, themes or locations with historical significance or current events and issues in the U.S. or on its borders.

The DII application cycle for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 is now open!  All interested candidates must thoroughly read the DII Request for Proposals Document for program requirements and funding details, complete the Application Narrative Word Document, and submit the proposal through BP Logix under Academic Affairs. All application materials and links for FY 2015-2016 are found below.

Application Materials
*DII Request for Proposals (includes all program requirements and instructions)
*DII Application Narrative (to be uploaded as an attachment to the e-form)
*DII E-form Application (link to the BP Logix e-form)

Additional Documents
*DII Budget Example 
*DII Requirements 

Deadlines
The deadline for proposals is January 26, 2015, to your Department Chair, Program Director, or Supervisor and January 30, 2015 to Academic Affairs.  Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff with expertise or experience in immersion experiences and/or intercultural education.  The total number of programs funded depends on the number of applicants and the quality of the proposals.  It is anticipated that 6-8 experiences serving 120-150 students will be funded. Academic Affairs will confirm awards by February 27, 2015.

Eligibility
The DII program is open to current UW-Eau Claire faculty and academic staff with 0.50 FTE or greater appointments. New applicants are highly encouraged, but must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the culture and program content, and feasibility of the program.  Repeat applicants must demonstrate past program achievements, such as student learning, met program goals and learning outcomes, and impact on the UW-Eau Claire community upon return.  The receipt of funding one year does not guarantee funding in future years.  Interested faculty and academic staff are encouraged to apply for other Blugold Commitment-funded immersion programs; however, each program proposal should be unique and date and time conflicts across the programs must be avoided.

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

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