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.
Context/Funding Sources of this RFP
These proposals are part of a Blugold Commitment project designed to support implementation of domestic intercultural immersion experiences for undergraduate UW-Eau Claire students. Experiences may focus on issues, themes or locations with historical significance or current events and issues in the U.S. or on its borders.
Proposal funding could support staff and faculty to coordinate the details of student recruitment, development of the learning experience/curriculum and outcomes, travel costs for faculty/staff and students, and student worker stipends.
Eligibility Requirements and Priorities
Projects to receive DII funding must meet the following requirements. Immersion experiences will…
- Be intercultural/ cross-cultural,
- Occur within the US (i.e., domestic), but outside the Chippewa Valley,
- Tie directly to the UW-Eau Claire Liberal Education Learning Goals,
- Serve undergraduate students,
- Include pre- and post-experience guidance and opportunities for student growth,
- Focus on an immersion experience of 5 full-days minimally (120 hours),
- Assess the students' learning on the project objectives and submit a final project report, and
- Be completed by June 30, 2015.
Please note: Any student who has participated in a DII experience is not eligible to participate in a second experience funded by the DII program through BCDT. An exception is allowable for a student who returns as a peer-mentor or program-leader the following time.
The following priorities are desirable, but not required for DII funding. Immersion experiences may…
- Be interdisciplinary and collaborative, and
- Provide a positive impact on the people and places of the host community.
Faculty/Staff Collaboration Opportunities
Having a team of interdepartmental faculty and staff to collaborate on Domestic Intercultural Immersion Experience projects enhances the experience for all involved and spreads the work load. Many Domestic Intercultural Immersion Experience project leaders have met at the bi-monthly Community of Practice meetings; however, you might be looking to find a team mate or join a team.
Please complete this web form if you are seeking a collaborator for a previously existing project, if you would like to join a project or if you would like to meet a colleague to build a new DII Experience project.
Tools for Grantees
- Request for Proposals
- Proposal format and budget form
- Domestic Intercultural Experiences Community of Practices (DII Exp COP)--The DII co-coordinator hosts bi-monthly meetings for individuals to learn more about the DII Exp program, plan future grants, and administer their DII Exp grants. We welcome the attendance of all individuals at our topic-focused meetings. Meeting topics include critical race theory, intercultural communication, grant administration expectations, risk-management, grant objective assessment design, and grant reporting. Each meeting occurs from noon-1 PM on alternating Fridays in CETL.
- Desire to Learn DII Exp Site--Please contact Donna Lehmkuhl to have your name added if you would like access to additional tools and resources.
- Grant Final Outcomes Report format
The deadline for proposal receipt in Undergraduate Studies (Schofield 208) is January 31, 2014. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Sarah Forcier. Please plan to submit your proposal for approval to all Chairs and Deans with sufficient lead-time to meet the proposal deadline. The total number of projects funded depends on the number of applicants and the quality of the proposals.
Request for Proposals
For additional information or questions:
Donna Lehmkuhl, Co-Coordinator for Logistics
Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator