Removing Barriers and Extending the Reach
2007 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad
Nomination submitted by: Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, Chancellor
In 2002, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire initiated an evaluation of barriers to study abroad for traditionally underrepresented groups, including students of color and students majoring in education and nursing. To extend the reach of study abroad to these students, new programs are now offered, including one in Thailand, designed for students of the campus and community’s largest minority population – Hmong Americans, and another in Costa Rica, designed for nursing majors. Since the program in Thailand began in 2004, 64% of the students have been Hmong & Hmong-American and 17% have been education or nursing majors. That same year, two new partnerships were created, one in South Africa for nursing and education majors, and another to facilitate student teaching in countries around the globe. Of the 43 students who have traveled to South Africa, 21% have been nursing or education majors and all who have participated have participated in the service-learning course.