New program, Community Ambassadors for Students from Abroad kicks off this fall

October 9, 2013

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CASA Program

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Community Ambassadors for Students Abroad is a new program this semester that pairs international students with community members to develop cross-cultural relationships.

During the course of the 2013-14 school year, 17 students and five scholars at UW-Platteville will be participating in the CASA program. Student members are encouraged to meet with their community ambassadors at least once a month to do activities such as cook a meal together, hike to or picnic in a scenic area, attend local ethnic events, celebrate birthdays and holidays and anything else that is important to either the community ambassador or student.

Through these activities, ambassadors and students will have the opportunity to experience the tri-state area together, sharing culture and experiences that can cultivate lasting friendships.

“It’s a mutual exchange of culture that was developed to benefit both students and community ambassadors,” said Liz Kruse, International Student and Scholar Services advisor.

The CASA program was created by International Student and Scholar Services after international students expressed interest in getting involved with the tri-state community.

“A lot of international students don’t get the opportunity to even step foot into an American household,” said Kruse. “This gives them a unique opportunity to better understand U.S. culture.”

CASA also creates opportunities for community ambassadors. This year international students participating in the program are from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Germany, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

Any tri-state community member interested in becoming a community ambassador can apply online at www3.uwplatt.edu/isss/casa-program.

Contact: Liz Kruse, International Student and Scholar Services, (608) 342-1852, krusee@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Jessica Mueller, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, muellerjes@uwplatt.edu

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