Studying abroad can lead to intercultural understanding and harmony

January 15, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- The University Office of Global Programs and the African American Research Center are hosting "Another Key to the Dream: Are Some Students Missing Out?" a program about the benefits of studying abroad, that not all students are taking advantage of, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall on Penn State's University Park campus.

Students who have been abroad will talk about life-changing events they experienced while overseas and how the memories positively impact their lives. Unfortunately, minority students are missing out on such experiences as well as the academic, social and professional development enhanced by living aboard. Faculty, students, student affairs professionals, and administrative staff are invited to join the conversation, analyzing and discussing how the lack of study abroad participation affects minority student development educationally, professionally, and globally.

The program opens with a panel discussion of how minority students are affected by low study abroad participation and their overall development. Panel members will provide facts about Penn State Education Abroad as well as national and Penn State statistics of students who engage in study abroad programs or learn foreign languages. The conversation will transition into the effects low participation has on minority students. Suggestions on increasing minority student participation in study abroad will be offered, and the program will close with encouragement for students to participate in study abroad programs.

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