Facilitating the development of a global mindset through a cultural experience


  • Deborah Nelson Smith

    1. Associate professor of higher education and coordinator of the undergraduate leadership studies program in the Department of University Studies at Kennesaw State University
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The current article describes an assignment utilized in an undergraduate course “Leadership in a Global Society.” The assignment requires students to participate in a cultural experience and interview the leader of the event. Student feedback collected over several semesters indicates that the assignment was invaluable in helping students understand people from cultures different than the ones with which they normally identify. Furthermore, students reported gaining a better understanding of themselves and a willingness to seek out other cultural learning opportunities.