Upward Bound and TU’s International Contracts – Cultural Event
At Towson University, Event and Conference Services (ECS) takes pride in its ability to provide more than just summer camp accommodations. We listen carefully to each program directors goals and objectives to determine how our services can enhance their program. We collaborate with various campus departments to provide summer campers with an experience unique to a college setting.
In July, ECS introduced Greg Hunter, director of Baltimore City Community College’s Upward Bound program to Arlene Prince, Towson University International Contract Programs Coordinator. BCCC’s Upward Bound program provides inner-city Baltimore youth with critical and technical skills and the motivation to succeed in high school and to pursue a college or university of their choice. Towson’s International Contract department encourages international youth and adult students with a passion to learn English to visit our campus for several weeks in the summer both for instructional training and an opportunity to visit nearby attractions.
Mr. Hunter and Mrs. Prince organized an ice-cream social event in PAWS Lounge. The goal was to introduce participants to other cultures outside their norm. “Our Korean guests were extremely nervous. They never met African Americans, “said Arlene Prince. “Upward Bound camp leaders did a series of fun ice-breakers which encouraged our Korean guests to step out of their comfort zone.” Greg Hunter commented that this social interaction gave his students a great opportunity to not only interact with other cultures but to practice their Spanish with Puerto Rican students.”
It was a fun time for all. Both parties agreed to incorporate this event into their summer program next year.
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