The Graduate School of Education (GSE) is looking for students interested in a two-week, immersive summer study abroad opportunity in the Dominican Republic, May 29-June 10, 2023. Presented in partnership with a Catholic university in the Dominican Republic blessed by the Pope, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), the small group experience will be led by GSE associate dean and curriculum and teaching professor Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D., and is open to all GSE students. The program features educational experiences that include:
- Opportunities to gain cross-cultural educational perspectives
- Intensive Spanish classes (no prior knowledge of Spanish is needed)
- Cultural activities
- Visits to learning centers
- Home stays in a private room with an experienced host family (includes Wi-Fi and three meals/day).
“I am particularly excited about offering this study abroad opportunity to all of our GSE students,” stated Rodriguez. “The goal of the program is to help achieve greater cross and inter-cultural understanding between students in New York City and the Dominican Republic. This is especially important because students with origins in the Dominican Republic have become the largest Spanish-speaking group of students in New York City.” She concluded, “This experience is also carefully designed to provide a rigorous, high quality educational experience that is entirely consistent with the intellectual and social justice mission of Fordham University.”
More specifically, the wide-ranging, culturally-focused curriculum will involve participating in and observing classroom learning, engaging with administrators and special education teachers, visiting museums and orphanages, learning ways to integrate research and educational strategies, and instruction about the history of the Dominican Republic.