The Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement opened this year in order to provide a central location for students and faculty to become involved with off-campus and global programs.
“If a student were interested in wanting to talk about study abroad or service learning, they weren’t having to go to four or five different offices,” said Ryan Donald, associate director of the Center of Cross-Cultural Engagement. “This provides a clearing house or a central point where people can come, get answers, [and] get connected with who they need to be talking with.”
Housed within the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement are study abroad programs, service learning trips, and the first year wilderness trips.
The center’s staff welcomes any students, faculty and staff to come with questions about off-campus programs.
“We are here; we are a resource; our doors are open,” Donald said. “If anyone here in the Malone community is interested, we’d love to talk and just be available to answer questions—even those, perhaps, who have been before and are trying to figure things out.”
With the establishment of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement, there are hopes to expand the off-campus programs offered.
“In the last four years through our programs, we’ve gone from 13 to 18 percent of our graduates have had some sort of one week or longer significant cross-cultural experience,” said Jack Harris, director of the Center of Cross-Cultural Engagement. “We want to grow that on lots of different levels.”
The center has even more expansion goals in mind.
“We’re looking at the possibility of doing things with alumni,” Harris said. “Someone even suggested we look at doing some things with parents.”