This one-quarter, all-level program is designed to expand the worldviews of both Evergreen students and Korean students from Daejeon University, in South Korea. The program’s study of cultural competence will include small intercultural group work that will ask students to examine multiple identity formation, privilege and oppression, thinking patterns, styles of intrapersonal and interpersonal communication, and dialogical and dialectical discourse.
Students will explore how familial, communal, institutional, and cultural spheres of influence construction of self and others through introspective writing to specific questions. This introspective writing, when written without censoring, will lead students to access their ingrained values and beliefs. Students will learn how these ingrained values and beliefs manifest in their interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships (e.g., ethnocentrism, implicit biases, ingroup favoritism, etc.). Mindfulness activities (e.g., calligraphy, mind-body connection activities), program content-based workshops, and community service learning will enable students to build trust and learn to work collaboratively despite cultural differences.
Weekly in-depth processing of program content in small groups, creative project responses to seminar readings, uncensored writings, and weekly consciousness logs will facilitate development of qualitative, reflective, analytical, and creative modes of inquiry. Seminar response essays and giving and receiving peer feedback on the integration essays will foster integrative, independent, and critical thinking.
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$30 for entrance fee at Mt. Rainier