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With cultural differences constantly present, our group has learned so much about the history and culture of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe. Over the weekend, we traveled 2 hours south of our home base to an annual traditional powwow. Members of the Sioux tribe from all over the Midwest and Canada were present. Dances and songs were performed, including a tribute to the community of Native American armed forces veterans.
A local family has opened their home to me for the duration of our time here. I have enjoyed getting to know this family, their stories, and the challenges they face. Living with a family and spending time in their home has provided me with a glimpse of their place in time and within this country.
As a student and academic who is greatly interested in cultural differences and similarities, the experiences I have had have been nothing short of eye-opening. With as much preparation, reading and researching as you can do, you’re never really ready for that cultural shift, even within your own country.
- Claire Kirchoff, doctoral candidate, Curry School of Education
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University of Venda participants in Carol Mershon lecture at Univen, 2016
A busy intersection in Kampala, Uganda.
Photo Credit: Cherise Green - Rwanda
UNIVEN leadership visits Charlottesville in 2018: VC Crafford, DVC Martin and DVC Khosa
Photo Credit: 2015 CGH Scholar, Kevin Cao, Nicaragua
Photo Credit: Jessica Amick - Cambodia
Photo Credit: 2016 CGH Scholar Mary Long - India