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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.   

Goals of the Philosophy of 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.  

Proposals 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. The total number of projects funded depends on the number of applicants and the quality of the proposals.

Eligibility Requirements and Priorities

The DII program is open to current UW-Eau Claire faculty and academic staff with 0.5 FTE or greater appointments. Interested faculty and academic staff are encouraged to apply for other Blugold Commitment-funded immersion programs; however, each program proposal must be unique and time conflicts across the programs must be avoided.

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 plans and opportunities for student growth,
  • Focus on an immersion experience of 5 full-days minimum (120 hours),
  • Assess the students' learning on the project objectives and submit a final project report, and
  • Begin after July 1 in the fiscal year approved for funding and occur during the fiscal year that ends June 30

The following priorities are desirable, but not required for DII funding. Immersion experiences may…

  • Be interdisciplinary and collaborative
  • Provide a positive impact on the people and places of the host community

DII is not currently accepting applications for funding. However, please refer to the links below for program guidelines and requirements. Proposals for the FY 2015-2016 will be due in late Fall 2014.

For additional information or questions:
Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator
Phone: 715-836-6037


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