Education for Understanding: A Model for Cross Cultural Outreach
The Winona State University service area in southeastern Minnesota, U.S.A., is comprised of a homogeneous population. In order to break stereotypes, create tolerance for other human beings, and work together cooperatively, Winona State University promotes exposure to cross cultural diversity through its Cross Cultural Outreach Program. The Winona State University International Student Office developed this model for outreach that allows for face to face interaction among the WSU international students and residents of the WSU service area. The program allows local residents of the service area to meet and interact with people across the globe—people that they otherwise may never have had an opportunity to meet. This presentation will explain the components of the model and how the components work together to promote education for understanding.
Keywords: Education, Cross Cultural, University Outreach, Outreach Program, International Education
Dr. Patricia Tolmie
Professor, Teacher Education Department, Winona State University