Global Immersion Program
Central to the AnBryce Scholars Initiative is immersion experiences supporting and expanding the work of becoming a global citizen. Students take part in immersive travel experiences domestically and internationally. Currently, our first year scholars travel Ireland, with the support of campus partnerships from our University Writing Program and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, though, it has also meant a trip to Washington, D.C. on occasions where students are unable to travel abroad for any reason or elect to stay Stateside.
We chose Ireland as the site of our current Global Immersion Program in order to show the juxtaposition of rural west of Kylemore and the urban east of Dublin. Our time in Kylemore has strengthened bonds between cohorts and Dublin has shown a city rich with history transitioning into the technological age.
Our Washington, DC program serves as an immersive experience for students who elect not to travel abroad. Extensive planning and help from the AnBryce Foundation creates a wonderful experience providing our students with a domestically based cosmopolitan experience.
Students take a personalized tour of the Capitol and Supreme Court, attend lectures at Georgetown University or the University of Virginia, and learn about the gentrification of predominantly African American U Street. They also visit the AnBryce Foundation headquarters in McLean, VA and Camp Dogwood, a summer camp run by the AnBryce Foundation. In 2018, the students visited Monticello, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the Smithsonian Art Museum.
As a global city, we hope that DC would provide interesting points of contrast to European counterparts, as well as serve as a fascinating experience in its own right. Given DC's deep history, wonderful monuments and architecture, and socioeconomic disparities, DC provided a really important experience in the ways that global cities function"
- Founding Director, Dr. Paulette Curtis
London was the site of three Global Immersion trips in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Our focus in London, like all of our trips, was on globalization and being a global citizen. Students also saw, firsthand, the effects of Brexit and how different news is in various parts of the world.