Our World Fellowship: Barbados
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Eastern Michigan University partners with Atlantic Impact, a non-profit group in Detroit, to send 10-12 EMU students and 12-15 Detroit High School students to Barbados for 2 weeks to experience cultural immersion, meet with local business, and interact with members of the local community. Program and trip costs for high school students are covered by Atlantic Impact and require no funding from EMU.
General Overview: EMU students gain leadership and mentorship experience through the formal curriculum and trip. Detroit High School students visit EMU for group building and are exposed to a college campus. In addition, our students visit Detroit for training and provide mentorship during the 2-week study abroad to Barbados. Many high school students enroll in EMU following participation in Our World Fellowship, and EMU students continue mentoring relationships beyond the study abroad experience.
“Just to be immersed in the culture was great...You can’t get that in a classroom. You can’t understand what it’s like to be a Bajan for a day because you’re not living it.”
- Jacob Ranshaw, EMU Senior, Accounting Major
Program Benefits: Study Abroad participation is a high impact practice associated with improved retention, graduation, and student learning outcomes. Marginalized students, students of color and low-income students are under-represented in study abroad nationally and at EMU. Our mentorship partnership with Atlantic Impact provides an opportunity for high school students to experience EMU and creates a potential pipeline for academic success. This program provides an opportunity for EMU to promote partnership with Detroit High School students and highlight diverse programs at EMU.