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Nazareth Hosts U.S. Institute for Pluralism

  • Published: April 25, 2011

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Nazareth Hosts U.S. Institute for Pluralism

Nazareth College’s Center for International Education proudly hosts 20 student leaders from Angola, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and Sudan from June 26 – July 28, 2011 as part of the 2011 Study of the U.S. Institute for Pluralism, a program that allows international students to immerse themselves in the political, economic, and cultural aspects of American society. Nazareth is one of only a few colleges and universities nationwide hosting summer institutes sponsored by the Academy for Education Development in Washington, D.C. and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The bureau seeks to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through a range of academic and professional exchanges.

The students were selected through a careful screening process by the Department of State. While at Nazareth, they will study U.S. culture, politics, business, and the process of service learning. Students in the Study of the U.S. Institute for Pluralism are among 30,000 individuals who participate in these programs each year. From classroom lectures on race relations to field trips to Niagara Falls, the program strives to help participants develop their own insights about this country.

“It creates new leadership, especially in countries not as friendly with the United States – which are not hard to find,” explains George Eisen, executive director of Nazareth’s Center for International Education and associate vice president for academic affairs. “It’s cultural immersion, not just an academic immersion. We feel that’s the best way to provide the full American experience.”

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is a coeducational college with undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. The College is located on 150 scenic acres near Rochester, New York, and currently enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. Nazareth has a strong commitment to experience-based learning and civic engagement. In the past decade, Nazareth has produced 18 Fulbright recipients and two Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships.

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