Highlands College - The "Passport To ..." Program

Highlands College - The "Passport To ..." Program

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Highlands College (MT)
http://www.mtech.edu/academics/highlands/

Highlands College is a small school serving the Greater Butte, Montana Region through our associate degree and certificate programs, continuing education, and customized training.

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PURPOSE

Increasing the level of diversity education and awareness in an institution/state with little international diversity.

  • Increasing the level of diversity education and awareness and thereby enriching the educational experience and promoting a healthier student body.

DESCRIPTION

In the “Passport To …” Program, students from another country are featured at a free luncheon for all students. The international students make a presentation about their country and culture followed by questions from the student-audience.

We have conducted the following “Passport To …” Programs: Passport to Brazil Passport to Saudi Arabia Passport to Australia Passport to Nigeria Passport to Serbia

  • As measured by anecdotal stories related by the international students involved and the students, faculty and staff who attended the presentations, the level of diversity education and awareness was increased.

The level of diversity education and awareness was increased.

An increased level of diversity education and awareness has enriched the students’ educational experience and promoted a healthier student body.

RESOURCES AND LESSONS LEARNED

Faculty/Staff who are interested in and willing to do the work of organizing and marketing the event (including the luncheon) and coordinating and helping to prepare the international students for their presentation.

  • The cost of the luncheon (free to students) is the largest expense item.

  • Students are often very surprised and pleased to learn about the life and culture of the few international students we have at our institution.

  • Students probably come to the event initially because of the free lunch and the fact that some faculty offer extra credit points for attending.

  • It is important to get faculty buy-in as part of the promotional efforts for the event.

This program is successful enough that we plan to do it more than once per semester.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Cricket Pietsch
Counselor
Highlands College
25 Basin Creek Road
Butt, Montana 59701
Phone: 406-496-3738
Fax: 406-496-3710

cpietsch@mtech.edu

Dr. John M. Garic
Dean
Highlands College
25 Basin Creek Road
Butte, Montana 59701
Phone: 406-496-3714
Fax: 406-496-3710

jgaric@mtech.edu