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Cultural Fluency: The New Language Of Carroll University Students

June 9, 2014

Last month, students at Carroll University received an experience of a lifetime. Thirty nursing and physical therapy undergraduates traveled to Guatemala and educated the residents in seven villages about health and wellness. The students also brought books written in Spanish to read to the children, and items the families needed such as packets with seeds, fruit trees and eggs. The trip was the culmination of a semester-long class that taught the students about Guatemala's history, culture, government and economics. What they learned in class was beneficial to their trip and work in a Guatemalan hospital.

This is one of many trips Carroll University students are taking this summer as part of the Cross-Cultural Experience (CCE), a signature component of Carroll's General Education Curriculum. Each student is required to apply classroom-based examinations of culture and to interact with cultures other than their own in an off-campus setting. Cultural immersion is important and Carroll is preparing their students for the future through CCE.


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