The race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality studies department at UW-Eau Claire is proud to host two well-established international cultural immersion experiences offered each year during Winterim. Recurring faculty-led immersions to Nicaragua and India have been developed to give Blugold students a close look into the lives and struggles faced by people living in these parts of the world.
We know of few other race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality studies programs that are able to offer international immersion at all, so the fact that we can offer two unique immersions is pretty spectacular. A main program objective of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality studies is to center transnationalism and global awareness, and these immersions are a major pillar of those objectives.
India and Global Feminisms
India has its own long and rich history of women's movements and feminist activism. By learning first-hand about gender issues facing their counterparts in both rural and urban India, Blugold students will increase their awareness of best feminist practices in specific cultural situations. Studying alongside University of Dehli students, Blugolds learn about gender in relation to Indian law and public policy, and teams of students from both institutions will work together with local NGOs on projects in nearby communities.