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2015-2016 Domestic Intercultural Immersion Experiences (DII) Award Recipients

Please contact the faculty/staff leaders directly for information about participating in a specific program. Programs below listed in chronological order, starting in Fall 2015.

PARTNERS IN HEALTH AND SAFETY
Project Location: West Central Wisconsin
Project Dates: Fall Semester 2015 or Spring Semester 2016
Target Student Population: Program is limited to 6-8 students each semester. Senior nursing students with some Spanish language proficiency will be given preference.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Lisa Schiller
Corresponding Course: NRSG 428 Nursing Leadership I (3 credits)
Cost of Participation: No fees are expected, except for meals during the 5-day immersion
Abstract: This immersion provides screenings, immunizations, and education to mostly Latino farm workers at large dairy farms. Students integrate knowledge of agricultural health and safety and understanding of rural and Latino culture into their nursing practice, by providing on-site education and basic health screening. The program includes preparation in collaboration with partners, culturally sensitive services to farm works, and debriefing sessions upon completion of the experience. 

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EMBRACING THE SOMALI EXPERIENCE IN MIDWESTERN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Project Location:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Project Dates: Winterim 2016/January 3-8, 2016
Target Student Population: Program is limited to 14 students.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Dandrielle Lewis
Corresponding Course: None. Students will meet 4 times before the excursion and 1 time after.
Cost of Participation: Estimated $75 program fee + meals
Abstract: This program provides students with opportunities to expand their cultural competencies, pedagogical practices, and depth of personal interaction surrounding topics related to Somali experiences and to social justice issues in general. This comprehensive educational program combines more than 24 hours of classroom-based instructions, a week-long, full-day, field placement in specially selected schools that serve primarily Somali youth, and daily excursions in and around the Somali community in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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SELMA PROJECT
Project Location:
Selma, Alabama
Project Dates: Spring Break 2016
Target Student Population: Experience is limited to 50 students. Preference will be given to students who have not previously participated in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): To be determined
Corresponding Course: None. Students will meet four times in the spring for pre-trip preparation, and have two guided reflection sessions upon return to campus.
Cost of Participation: Estimated $200 program fee
Abstract: No one has been able to successfully explain the impact of this trip in mere words, you truly have to take the leap and experience the magic that happens in Selma yourself! This program will explore the issues of poverty and community segregation in Selma, Alabama. Participants will complete an 8-hour King Nonviolence Training Seminar, engage in community service, meet with community leaders involved in current school integration and community redevelopment efforts, meet with leaders of the historic Selma Voting Rights Movement, and participate in nightly activities with African American youth from the community.

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SUSTAINABLE PORTLAND: THE SOCIAL JUSTICE DIMENSIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
Project Location
: Portland, Oregon
Project Dates: Spring Break 2016
Target Student Population: This program is limited to 15 students with an interest in civic justice, sustainability, and environmental issues.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): David Soll
Corresponding Course: Sustainable Cities course taught by Dr. David Soll in the spring semester
Cost of Participation: Estimated $250 meals
Abstract: This program will help students appreciate the human justice dimensions of environmental sustainability to reach a more sophisticated understanding of what true 'sustainability' is. Students will tour "green" initiates that have been driven by a predominantly White value system and accomplished through official channels, and contrast these top-down projects with low-cost grassroots initiatives implemented by people living in neighborhoods originally settled by residents displaced by urban renewal.

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NEW YORK CITY ASPIRING ARTISTS
Project Location:
New York City, New York
Project Dates: Spring 2016
Target Student Population: This program is limited to 12 undergraduate composition, voice performance, applied instruments and BA BME, and theatre students with a focus on voice performance.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Chia-Yu Hsu and Alan Rieck
Corresponding Course: MUSI 491: Special Topics, NYC Travel Seminar (1 credit during spring semester)
Cost of Participation: Estimated $150 program fee + estimated $250 in meals
Abstract: UWEC music and theatre students will be engaged in the study of composition, voice performance, applied instruments, and theatre during one week in the major metropolitan area of New York City. Students will live, perform, study, attend performances, conduct interviews, and interact daily with artists and people form a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Students will also collaborate, interact, and share music with students from the Brooklyn High School for the Arts and York College.

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CULTURAL IDENTITY IN LOUISIANA
Project Location: South Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette)
Project Dates: Spring Break 2016
Target Student Population: 50 first-year students in the Collegiate Bridge Program. If spaces remain, past students in the Collegiate Bridge Program and other UWEC students will be accepted
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Holly Hassemer and Leah Olson-McBride
Corresponding Course: Two GEN 100 courses associated with the Collegiate Bridge Program.
Cost of Participation: Estimated $50 program fee + $150 in meals
Abstract: This immersion takes first-year students to southern Louisiana to experience and explore cultural identity in a region in which the interplay between race, class, ethnicity, and geography are markedly different than they are in the upper Midwest. Students will spend two days in New Orleans, where they will visit and participate in discussions with members of a racially integrated church, students/faculty from a historically black university, and local residents. Students will then spend two days in Baton Rouge, to learn about the historical development of Creole culture. Finally, students will travel into the bayou to experience the unique geography and culture of Cajun Louisiana.

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HMONG CULTURAL PRACTICES AND CEREMONIAL IMMERSION
Project Location: Fresno, California
Project Dates: May 23-June 2, 2016 (tentative)
Target Student Population: Program is limited to 19 interdisciplinary undergraduate students.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Ka Vang
Corresponding Course: HUMS 110 Hmong Civilization and Culture OR Honors Colloquium: Hmong Culture, History & Language
Cost of Participation: Program deposit $125 + estimated $400 meals
Abstract: Students will have the opportunity to learn about roles, responsibilities, values, and belief systems of the Hmong culture. In addition, they will be able to explore and experience an in-depth view about Hmong cultural ceremonies and various cultural traditions—the very same traditions and ceremonies that are increasingly fading away as the Hmong people are assimilating into the mainstream culture.

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: A SACRED LANDSCAPE
Project Location: Yosemite Valley
Project Dates: May 28-June 7, 2016 (tentative)
Target Student Population: The program is limited to 18 students.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Harry Jol
Corresponding Course: GEOG 491 Special Topics
Cost of Participation: Estimated $50 meals
Abstract: Students will investigate the Yosemite Valley and its surroundings through various perspectives and methodologies. Students will stay in tents and interact with local communities, as well as conduct projects to better understand the sacred landscape in American history.

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PINE RIDGE RESERVATION
Project Location: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Project Dates: May 31-June 7, 2016 (tentative)
Target Student Population: Program is limited to 14 students, with preference given to American Indian Studies and Social Work majors
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Heather Ann Moody
Corresponding Course: None. Students are expected to attend 3-6 pre-trip meetings and 1 orientation session prior to the trip, as well as complete a reflection paper and group presentations about their experience.
Cost of Participation: Estimated $200 program fee
Abstract: This program teaches students about Lakota culture, and allows students to work directly with various organizations attempting to alleviate poverty conditions on the reservation. Students will participate in service learning projects at local schools, homeless shelters, and after school programs.

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