Building Bridges provides opportunities for mutual learning between higher education professionals in Chile and beyond. Participants will promotecapacity building in Chile and will seek to increase the awareness about cultural, educational, and student affairs practices. As the internationalization of student affairs continues to grow, your participation will contribute to the work of our profession, while also enhancing your intercultural competencies and self-awareness skills needed to continue your development as a leader in student affairs. Student affairs professionals of all levels are invited to take part in this online and in person experience.
All participants are enrolled in an on-line course that includes pre-trip, during, and post-trip learning. Participants can choose whether or not to take part in this experience for credit. Conversational Spanish is not required, but is desirable. Some events will have translation services available throughout our time in Chile.
Attend this program to:
Examine and learn about Chile, its history, culture and the values that drive its diverse citizens;
Identify similarities and differences between Chilean and American higher education;
Identify the unique challenges and opportunities in implementing and adapting the American system of higher education in Chile;
Compare and contrast the international experience with American higher education and student affairs;
Identify ways in which increased knowledge about working with diverse groups and/or international students can be applied to practice; and
Gain knowledge on the collaboration and partnerships across cultural, institutional, community, and international borders
For those who would like assistance in gaining academic credit through their home institution or other means, please contact either Dr. Dennis Roberts or Dr. Darbi Roberts. NASPA's on-line learning system (Matrix) will provide the common learning platform. Drs. Darbi and Dennis Roberts will serve as the instructors for the course and will coordinate with the various graduate programs in completing course assignments and granting grades and course credit.
The full course syllabus can be obtained by clicking here. If you have further questions about the syllabus, you can contact Dr. Dennis C. Roberts, Independent Consultant for New Dimensions in Education, and Dr. Darbi L. Roberts, Executive Director for International Student Services at Southern New Hampshire University.
Participants will work in small teams to conduct bibliographic research on citizenship and leadership and how it is broadly cultivated among students. This is a nationally-based concern that will potentially contribute to Chile adopting practices to improve the effectiveness of higher education in the country. Cross-national comparisons between the U.S. and Chile will be based on the newly released book by the instructors, Cultivating Students' Capacity for International Leadership, Issue 160 of New Directions for Leadership, to be available in November 2018.
Chile requires visitors from some countries to obtain visas in order to enter the country. Please check with government to see what regulations are in place. To begin your search, you can use this visa requirement list for more information. Please note: you must check with your government about visa requirements. This list is to be used as a helpful tool.