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Immersion Experiences

Shanti Freitas

Shanti Freitas joined UW-Eau Claire in January 2014 as the Intercultural Immersion Coordinator. She has an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. from Smith College in Sociology. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Shanti brings experience from working with study abroad students and volunteers for three years in Ecuador, as well as leading students on immersion programs in various countries in Latin America. At UW-Eau Claire, Shanti coordinates three immersion experiences funded through Blugold Commitment – Faculty-led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE), Domestic Intercultural Immersions (DII) and the International Fellows Program (IFP). She is responsible for working with faculty in developing, implementing, and evaluating these programs, as well as providing orientation sessions and support for students while on the program.

More information about each program:

Mission Statement of the Intercultural Immersion Office:

To enhance the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student experience by administering and supporting high-impact intercultural immersion programs that are integrated into the curriculum. We aim to deepen student intercultural competence through experiential learning opportunities and engagement with people, cultures, languages, environments, and systems different than their own, in order to foster engaged citizens who have personal and professional skills for lifelong learning in a diverse world.

Program Goals:
We fulfill our mission through a commitment to
  1. Work with faculty/staff and departments to develop and promote a diverse array of high-impact intercultural immersion programs through mutually beneficial collaborations with international and domestic partners.
  2. Foster development of intercultural competency and a respectful understanding of diverse cultures, populations, and environments through transformative learning opportunities.
  3. Increase access to immersion experiences and encourage participation by all students, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in off-campus high-impact practices.
  4. Develop faculty expertise in building global relationships through cultural immersion and international research opportunities.
  5. Bring knowledge, increased capacity, and understanding back to UW-Eau Claire.
Contact Information:
  • Shanti Freitas is located in 17C Schofield and can be reached at 715.836.6037 or 
  • Kim Reed provides program support for the programs listed above. She is located in 17 Schofield and can be reached at 715.836.5940 or