Dance has the power to transcend language barriers and cultural differences. Ohio State students from historically African American and Latino fraternities shared their artistic expression in China as part of a U.S. Department of State cultural exchange program.
The Global Gateways and the East Asian Studies Center have received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to provide intercultural training and overseas opportunities for undergraduate students at The Ohio State University. Eight to 10 students will be selected from Ohio State’s Chinese language program to participate in a three-week global leadership practicum that will partner them with students from Wuhan University in Wuhan, China.
The grant provides an opportunity for Chinese language students to develop their leadership and intercultural skills overseas,” said Chris Carey, director of the Global Gateways. “This real-world experience will deepen their language comprehension and broaden their employment prospects after graduation.”
In light of the Chinese New Year of the Rooster, the China Gateway organized a year-end event for Chinese parents to convene and exchange ideas.
Phoebe You, director of the China Gateway, gave opening remarks at the event.
“We appreciate your continuous support and will make continued efforts to offer improved services to you,” said You.
The meeting created an open space for parents to communicate with each other and the China Gateway staff. Many parents commented that their students were having a great experience at Ohio State and that they greatly benefited from the pre-departure orientation (PDO) hosted by the university. Some brought attention to specific issues such as visa maintaining, job searching and major transferring.