Cross-cultural forum

01/23/18

Students to share about Guatemala; Washington, D.C., experiences

Fourteen Bluffton University students will report on their 2017 cross-cultural experiences during two Forums on Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Yoder Recital Hall.

At 11 a.m., eight students who lived in Guatemala and studied at CASAS (Central American Study and Service), a program affiliated with the Guatemalan Mennonite Church, will present. During this experience, students took classes and lived with a host family in Guatemala City for the first half of the semester and finished the experience completing a five week volunteer field experience in various locations across the country.

At 7 p.m., students who participated in the Washington Community Scholars’ Center in Washington, D.C., will speak.

These students had the opportunity to live and learn with peers from other universities while taking classes administered by Eastern Mennonite University faculty. Participants also completed a 20-hour-per-week internship in a field of their interest or major.

Cross-cultural experiences are an academic requirement for all traditional Bluffton students. Students may participate in a three-week long or semester-long experience, or they may enroll in six credits of one foreign language to meet the requirement.

These events are free and open to the public.

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- Claire Clay, public relations student assistant