Students to study abroad in England

May 9, 2016
Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth
Dr. Jennifer Collins

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Platteville assistant professors in the School of Education, Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth and Dr. Jennifer Collins, have been collaborating to organize a brief study abroad program to England. The program will take place May 16-30. The students will be traveling to the United Kingdom where they will be based out of Harlaxton Manor. Hollingsworth and Collins have scheduled two school visits in urban and rural communities. They have also planned two weekend trips, one to Edinburgh, Scotland and the second to London, England.

The students’ experiences are built around developing understandings of immigration and diversity. The group will visit Leicester, a city that in the last 15-20 years has experienced waves of immigration that have changed the dynamics and landscape of the city. Hollingsworth and Collins want to encourage the students to look at the issues of immigration and diversity through the lens of the school systems.

“We feel the topic of immigration is so relevant because it is happening in our area, specifically in Verona, Wisconsin and Storm Lake and Postville, Iowa,” said Collins. “We want to use this experience to help our students explore how schools can support immigrant populations.”

Culturally, the students will explore areas in and around England and Scotland. The group will learn about the rich history of the United Kingdom and have opportunities to travel around the countryside as well as urban cities.

“Two weeks isn’t enough to have a huge transformation, but we want to instill in them a love for travel, said Hollingsworth. “We hope to build confidence in their ability to navigate public transportation and engage with local residents and customs.”

The program will include lectures led by British faculty, cultural experiences, and a PACCE project where university students will collaborate on digital artifacts that will be shared between schools in Platteville and in England. Both Hollingsworth and Collins hope participants take away from this trip both cultural and academic experiences that will fuel a desire for future travel.
 

Written by: Jackelyn Johnson, UW-Platteville Information and Communications, 608-342-1194, johnsonjacke@uwplatt.edu

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