2018 Cultural Immersion Programs
Each year, William James College students and faculty actively engage in international service learning and cultural immersion initiatives in low and middle-income countries. These programs are designed to give students and faculty an opportunity to volunteer at various clinics, hospitals, and social service agencies; conduct group workshops on mental illness and mental health for caregivers, educators, and community leaders; facilitate social-recreational activities for children and adolescents; and build capacity within community-based organizations that serve historically marginalized groups.
In the summer of 2018, 31 William James students and faculty traveled to Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti and Kenya. This year, the Director of the Latino Mental Health Program, Dr. Mari Carmen Bennasar and President, Dr. Nicholas Covino, participated in a series of activities in Ecuador that culminated in a press conference celebrating the Academic Collaboration Agreement signed by William James College and La Junta de Beneficencia de Guayaquil. The primary aim of the Agreement is to promote academic, research, and cultural exchange programs for students and faculty.