One Bright Idea: Local to Global: What Helps Students to Become Culturally Competent?

Wednesday, April 3, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, in 023 Dunbar Library.

Led by Shreya Bhandari, Assistant Professor of Social Work; Jeannette Horwitz, Assistant Director of WSU's LEAP Program and Lecturer of English Language and Literatures.

Shreya Bhandari and Jeannette Horwitz will discuss an innovative service-learning project that integrates global perspective into social work curriculum through a ten week service learning partnership.

Students registered in a general education course titled "Multicultural Competence in a Diverse World," offered by the Department of Social Work are paired with international students in Wright State University's Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) Program. This service-learning partnership helps the general education class develop cultural competency through weekly face-to-face meetings and reflection through writing assignments and a cultural project. The international students in turn benefit from practicing conversing in English and becoming acquainted with the American culture.

Session participants will learn how to develop a similar project that meets WSU's mission of internationalizing the curriculum for their own courses." Service-Learning courses are also one way students can satisfy one of the General Education course requirements for Multicultural Competence.