Global community : creating a living learning community for international and American students

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Davis, Lori E.
Hargrave, Alan L.
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Department of Educational Studies
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This purpose of this project was to create a living learning community within an international hall. The creation of this project brought cultural awareness to both American and international students and provided an area for cultural immersion for students who hoped to learn and be a part of study abroad in the future. International students faced challenges with culture shock and interaction with American students upon travel and study in the United States. For American students, many had similar challenges with host national interaction. For many students studying abroad, little is known about cultural differences and similarities. To enhance international education in the future, the living-learning community provided opportunities for heavy cross-cultural interaction, opportunities to understand cultural diversity though programs and educational sessions, and opportunities to build friendships with students from various cultural backgrounds.