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.
Participation in the Domestic Intercultural Immersion Experience projects will help students to:
- Develop new perspectives of the world and their interactions in it,
- Deepen their academic knowledge and practical experiences,
- Expand your interpersonal and intercultural skills,
- Make new friendships,
- Engage in the environment of the project and take learning outside of the classroom,
- Develop skill sets necessary for their future careers, and
- See their world in a whole new light.
Students who desire to participate in any of the DII Experiences projects below, should contact the project leader listed. Students may be asked to apply for the project and complete research projects, complete surveys, write papers, etc.
***THIS SECTION IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED***
Domestic Intercultural Immersion Experience Projects 2013-14:
- Bridging Russian and American Cultures through Intercultural Immersion
- Cajun Watershed and Intercultural Immersion
- CJ 491: Race, Class and Gender on the Civil Rights Trail
- Hmong Cultural Practices and Ceremonial Immersion (Kawm Kev Caiv Hmoob)
- Lac Courte Oreilles Spring Break Immersion Trip
- Sustainable Portland: The Social Justice Dimensions of Environmental Initiatives
- Undergraduate Hmong Immigrant Student Experiences in Fresno, CA
- Understanding the Intercultural Experiences of an Aspiring Performing Artist:
Exploring the Transition from the "Big City" of Eau Claire to The Big Apple
- Yosemite National Park: A Sacred Landscape
Project Title: Bridging Russian and American Cultures through Intercultural Immersion
Project Title: Cajun Watershed and Intercultural Immersion
Project Title: CJ 491 Special Topics: Race, Class and Gender on the Civil Rights Trail
Project Title: Hmong Cultural Practices and Ceremonial Immersion (Kawm Kev Caiv Hmoob)
Project Title: Lac Courte Oreille Spring Break Immersion Trip
Project Title: Sustainable Portland: The Social Justice Dimensions of Environmental Initiatives
Project Title: Undergraduate Hmong Immigrant Student Experiences in Fresno, CA
Project Title: Young Artist Immersion Seminar
Project Title: Pine Ridge Reservation Immersion Experience