Questioning Assumptions in Cross-Cultural Preparations: Critical Points of Dominance and Marginality

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This workshop will address key factors in the preparation of faculty, staff and students for cross-cultural experiential learning in the forms of classes and events both domestic and international. The workshop will engage the participants in designing and assessing approaches to address these critical equity issues and enhance the learning of critical thinking skills connected to power and privilege. Learning Objective: 1. Examine different goals for cross cultural experiences. 2. Understanding keys theories and models for equity awareness development. 3. Explore the impact of different goals and models on participants own situations/context related to issues of marginality and privilege.

Keywords: Education, International, Multicultural, Equity, Study Aboard, Marginality
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Peggy O'Neill-Vivanco

Coordinator, Office of International Programs, Champlain College
Burlington, Vermont, USA

Peggy A. O’Neill-Vivanco is the Study Abroad Coordinator at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Ithaca College and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from New York University. She has worked in international education for fifteen years in a variety of capacities, from in-country program coordination and teaching to facilitating, admitting, and preparing students for study abroad. She has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Chile.

Peggy O’Neill
Study Abroad Coordinator
Office of International Programs
Champlain College
163 South Willard Street
Box 670
Burlington, VT 05402

Tel: 802-865-6437
Fax: 802-860-2773

Dr. Sherwood Smith

Director Center for Cultural Pluralism and Lecturer, College of Education and Social Services, Intergrated Professional Studies and Provost Office, University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont, USA

Title: Lecturer, University of Vermont: Dept. of Integrated Professional Studies and Director, Center for Cultural Pluralism


Doctorate of Education (June 1996)
Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306

Master's of Arts (August 1987): Adult & Community Education
Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99164

Professional Biography

I first arrived at UVM through a New England Board of Higher Education Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for 1995-1996 and taught in the Higher Education Program (HESA). As part of my doctoral program I developed and taught a graduate course "Multicultural Issues in Adult Education", lectured on the history of African-Americans in adult education and taught undergraduate seminars. In the past I worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, a Cooperative Extension Agent in Grant County in Washington, an Adjunct Faculty for the School for International Training's college program in Kenya, and Assistant Director of Residence Life at Pennsylvania State University. Currently, I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses. At the graduate level I have been teaching EDFS 322, The Challenge of Multiculturalism for Educators for six years. Within Human Development I teach courses that focus on the developmental issues related to prejudice and the cross cultural influences on human development

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