Your Name and Title: Sarah Thomas, Assistant Professor
School or Organization Name: Bridgewater State University
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States, Boston
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Individuals curious about the impact a study tour can have on perception as well as learn how a study tour can have a life of its own!
Short Session Description (one line): The impact a short study tour to Jordan had on students' perceptions of themselves and of "others"
Full Session Description (as long as you would like): This sessions examines how a one-week study tour provided a cultural immersion experience for a group of undergraduate and graduate students from a public university in Massachusetts. Through an online questionnaire, the study found four areas influenced by a cultural immersion experience: an increased awareness of social justice, a changed worldview, empathy for others and personal growth. Results suggest individuals who participated in an overseas immersion tour may have more cultural empathy for individuals from the Middle East and who practice Islam.
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