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2014-2015 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 July 2014.

PARTNERS IN HEALTH AND SAFETY
Project Location: West Central Wisconsin
Project Dates: Fall Semester 2014 or Spring Semester 2015
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 422 Nursing Practice: Health Enhancement (2 credits)
Estimate 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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HMONG CULTURAL PRACTICES AND CEREMONIAL IMMERSION
Project Location: Fresno, California
Project Dates: December 2014/January 2015 (10 days)
Target Student Population: Program is limited to 16 interdisciplinary undergraduate students.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Ka Vang
Corresponding Course: HUMS 110 Hmong Civilization and Culture OR Honors Colloquium: Hmong Culture, History & Language
Estimate 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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EMBRACING THE SOMALI EXPERIENCE IN MIDWESTERN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Project Location:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Project Dates: Winterim 2015 (January 4-9)
Target Student Population: Program is limited to 14 students currently enrolled in CAS.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Aram deKoven and Dandrielle Lewis
Corresponding Course: None. Students will meet 5 times before the excursion and 1 time after.
Estimate Cost of Participation: $90 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 2015 (7 days)
Target Student Population: Experience is limited to 51 students. Preference will be given to students who have not previously participated in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Joshua Nesja
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.
Estimate Cost of Participation: $40 program fee + estimated $160 meals
Abstract: 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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CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN MEMORY
Project Location:
Southern United States
Project Dates: Spring Break 2015 (10 days)
Target Student Population: Course is limited to 22 students.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Erin Devlin
Corresponding Course: HIST 345 Civil Rights and American Memory (3 credits)
Estimate Cost of Participation: $80 program fee + estimated $265 meals
Abstract: This 3-credit course will allow students to discuss and contextualize their experiences on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, providing them the opportunity to move beyond understanding to a sophisticated critique of how the civil rights movement has and is being memorialized. This program is designed to complement the goals of the pilgrimage, and explores the history and memory of the mid-century black freedom struggle through the lens of individual agency, historical contingency, social change, and empowerment.

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INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Project Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Project Dates: Spring Break 2015 (5 days)
Target Student Population: The program is open to 20 students, with preference given to Honors students and well-prepared non-Honors students.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): David Jones, Ivy Bohnlein, and Ka Vang
Corresponding Course: Humanities 210/Honors 103 (3 credits)
Estimate Cost of Participation: $150 special course fee, which includes all activities and some meals
Abstract: This program focuses on service learning in an urban setting. Students work with diverse client populations in Milwaukee and receive mentoring from professional practitioners, all of whom share a commitment to serving the community through justice-oriented work.

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LAC COURTE OREILLE
Project Location: Lac Courte Oreille Reservation near Hayward, Wisconsin
Project Dates: Spring Break 2015 (5 days)
Target Student Population: Program is limited to 15 students from COEHS, specifically targeting Education and Social Work students.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Mary Neinow
Corresponding Course: None. Students will meet for an orientation prior to departure and panel discussion upon completion of the program.
Estimate Cost of Participation: estimated $150 in meals
Abstract: This immersion trip experience is expected to provide the participants with opportunities to develop more complex and interdisciplinary understandings of American Indian Studies, recognition of diversity within and between tribal nations and Indigenous cultures, and increased ability to apply what they learn during this trip toward critical examination of race and institutional, passive and active racism. Students will spend the program immersed in the LCO schools, Community Language Table classes, and Social Services Settings.

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: A SACRED LANDSCAPE
Project Location: Yosemite Valley
Project Dates: Spring 2015 (7 days)
Target Student Population: The program is limited to 12 students.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Harry Jol
Corresponding Course: GEOG 491 Special Topics
Estimate Cost of Participation: estimated $300 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: Summer 2015 (June 8-15)
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 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.
Estimate Cost of Participation: estimated $270 meals
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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SUSTAINABLE PORTLAND: THE SOCIAL JUSTICE DIMENSIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
Project Location: Portland, Oregon
Project Dates: Summer 2015 (June 14-22)
Target Student Population: This program is limited to 10 students with an interest in civic justice, sustainability, and environmental issues.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Ruth Cronje and David Soll
Corresponding Course: Sustainable Cities course taught by Dr. David Soll in the spring semester
Estimate Cost of Participation: estimated $400 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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LGBTQA STUDIES: SAN FRANCISO TRAVEL SEMINAR
Project Location: San Francisco, California
Project Dates: Summer 2015 (June 17-29)
Target Student Population: Program is limited to 12 students, and is ideal for upper level COEHS and CAS students.
Faculty/Staff Leader(s): Pam Forman and Ellen Mahaffy
Corresponding Course: WMNS 422 Women's Studies Advanced Travel Seminar (3 credits) and WMNS 431 Women in Communication (3 credits)
Estimate Cost of Participation: $275 program fee + estimated $650 meals 
Abstract: Students will spend 12 days in a living learning community in San Francisco's Castro District, where students are confronted with the intersections of sexualities, gender, race, and class in an urban environment. Students will produce documentary shorts on LGBT issues, attend the Frameline International LGBT Film Festival, and experience LGBT Pride events.

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