MISSOULA – In line with its mission to promote global connections for Montanans, the University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center is hosting 20 global educators in Missoula through Friday, June 29.
Representing 20 different countries – from the South Pacific to the Middle East – the exchange provides cross-cultural opportunities rare to western Montana.
The program is part of the U.S. Department of State’s Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Education. Global educators receive an in-depth study of U.S. culture and society through the lens of liberty, equality and the American dream. They will have daily contact with Montanans by collaborating with Missoula students and teachers, conducting service work at the Missoula Food Bank and giving cultural presentations in schools and at Sunrise Rotary.
The group will spend four weeks based in Missoula while traveling throughout the state to Helena, Butte, Yellowstone National Park and the Flathead Indian Reservation. They complete their introduction to the U.S. with a week in both Charleston, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C.
The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to promote mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and people of other nations, as well as to strengthen curricula, such as curricula taught about the United States in academic institutions abroad. UM is one of only three institutions nationwide selected to host this program.
“We’re honored to bring this program to Montana given the demonstrated impacts these exchanges have on our communities,” said Mansfield Center Program Director Deena Mansour. “One such benefit was the creation of partner classrooms at Big Sky High School with counterparts in Lithuania and Iraq. These experiences allow our students to better engage in an increasingly interconnected world.”
UM’s Mansfield Center promotes global relations, leadership and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of U.S. Senator Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield.
For more information on Study of the U.S. Institutes programs hosted by the Mansfield Center visit http://bit.ly/2sRSvQ3.