Spring 2013 |
In Oaxaca, Mexico, Trey Jones was anxious as he started his study abroad
program. Mexican culture was foreign—not to mention the language barrier.
But after one month, he felt changed. "I was so surprised with myself in
terms of being able to adapt to an entirely different culture, at first
with anxiety and then with ease by the last week of the trip," he said. "I
have studied and researched the Hispanic culture, but nothing compares to
the actual cultural experience."
Study abroad programs are just a few of the opportunities MCC offers to
students and the public to experience other cultures. The
International/Intercultural Education office coordinates educational
programs and events across MCC locations to commemorate nationally
recognized ethnic and cultural holidays such as Women’s History Month in
March, the Cinco de Mayo Celebration each May and the Fort Omaha
Intertribal Powwow every September, among many others. Fostering such
opportunities reflects the diverse cultures and groups within MCC's
community and encourages that same community to step into experiences that
are enriching and widening.
As globalization impacts nearly every business sector, intercultural
education has become vitally important for success in the 21st century
workforce. Intercultural experiences also equip students for employment
within a diverse workforce and enhance professional and personal
objectives. Students gain knowledge and skills needed for leadership and
life in a diverse and interdependent world.
Cultural programs and events
Community-based cultural programs bring people together in many ways
that express their ideas, traditions and values. MCC enriches its
curriculum and daily lives through educational activities that explore,
celebrate and spark dialogue on diverse topics.
Most programs are free and open to the public. For a full calendar of
events, visit www.mccneb.edu/intercultural.
Diversity Matters Series
Recognizing the different learning styles and interests within the
community, MCC launched the Diversity Matters Film and Lecture Series and
Book Series in 2005 and 2008 as personal and professional development
opportunities for MCC students, staff and community members. Each year,
materials that highlight a variety of diversity topics are selected, and
discussion is expected to arouse a variety of perspectives, thoughts and
questions that could contribute to rich discussions and lead to greater
understanding. Participation is free and open to the public. For more
information, visit www.mccneb.edu/intercultural.
Institute for Cultural Connections
Launched in 2010, the Institute for Cultural Connections taps into the
community's wealth of cultural experiences to enhance students' education.
"Our mission is simple. We want to connect MCC students with cultural
experiences, at the College and in the greater community," said Mary
Umberger, a faculty member involved in the ICC.
Those cultural connections might take the form of an on-campus cultural
event, a visit to a church or museum or a lecture from a guest speaker. By
gathering multiple resources in one location online, the ICC hopes to make
more cultural events and encounters more accessible to classrooms,
curriculum and students. Learn more at
Studying abroad affords students unparalleled opportunities to gain
global experience in real-world contexts that enrich the learning
experience. Study abroad programs have expanded at MCC since the first
program began in the early 1990s. This year, MCC offers opportunities in
Guatemala, Ghana, Thailand and China. Find out more at