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AMC Students to Learn About the Civil Rights Movement and Life in Chile over Spring Break

February 27, 2013

Anna Maria College announces that some of its students will be very busy over spring break participating the following living and learning programs.

Under the guidance Professor I. David Daniels and staff from the Anna Maria College Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Oscar Mayorga, Chief Diversity Officer and Stephanie Williams, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, ten AMC students will be traveling to Selma, Birmingham  and Montgomery, Alabama as part of a Civil Rights Immersion Experience.  The trip will serve as a capstone to the College’s Peer Mentor program.  It will consist of  trainings, such as taking  a workshop on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  non-violence social change way of life, an immersion experience where students will explore and experience Selma and other cities as places of significant history in the struggle for racial equality in the United States, and engaging in a service project experience in Selma.   The Civil Rights Immersion Experience is considered  a pilgrimage to the places that blood was shed for the voting rights of African Americans. 

With the guidance of Professors Jude Gonsalvez, Barbara Driscoll de Alvarado and  Joanne Zannotti from the Anna Maria College Social Work Program, five students will embark on a ten day study trip to Santiago, Chile as part of living the mission experience of the College’s foundresses, the Sisters of Saint Anne. This journey is part of a three-credit course that is designed to prepare students to facilitate the delivery of social services to the Spanish-speaking community. It entails speaking in Spanish with Hispanics/Latinos in a variety of contexts within which community services are delivered to clients, patients, and victims. The course emphasizes learning how to apply basic conversational and written Spanish and related cultural competence to a variety of circumstances.  It will also integrate field visits and lectures to local Catholic elementary schools, the University de Chile, and Casa Santa Ana, one of the projects of the Sisters. Students will interact with faculty, students, immigrants, refugees, and learn about alternative medicine from the community through the Casa Santa Anna project.

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