This past summer, 15 Emerging Scholars in the Commonwealth Honors College participated in a pilot International Programs Office program for two weeks in the Dominican Republic. Designed for first-generation college students, this program was sparked by a campus effort to make international education more accessible. Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, the International Programs Office, the Honors College, and the Council of International Educational Exchange collaborated in order to create and co-fund this program. The students learned about the country's history and culture and engaged with the community by building a vegetable garden at an elementary school.
Recently the International Programs Office featured these students in their "Crossing Borders Annual Report 2016-2017." This report details the student's experience, including their takeaways, and the language and cultural barriers that they encountered.