Friday, February 2, 2007
IUPUI Immersion Program in Mexico Wins Award
“To Mexico with Love,” a cultural immersion program at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, has earned a “Voice of Inclusion Medallion Exemplary Program” award from ACPA - College Student Educators International.
Students in the IUPUI summer program go to Mexico for a four-week experience designed to improve their Spanish language skills and to increase their understanding of Mexican history, culture and life.
“To Mexico with Love” participants have worked in a women’s community center in La Lagunilla and a school which has been built to preserve the indigenous community in Xoxocotla.
Program participation has grown since the pilot program began with 10 students in 2004. Last year, 25 students, faculty, staff and community members were involved, serving about 140 children and nearly 120 hospital patients. Participants are encouraged to work in Latino-serving agencies throughout Indianapolis upon returning from Mexico.
Under the leadership of Director Michelle Verduzco, IUPUI Campus & Community Life initiated the program in 2004 with support and leadership from the Office of International Affairs, the Center for Service & Learning, and the School of Nursing. It is offered in partnership with a language and culture school, Ideal LatinoAmerica, according to IUPUI.