Global Cities Cultural Exchange Program (GCCEP)
The Global Cities Cultural Exchange Program seeks to provide an international exchange experience
for U.S. students to travel to a global city and engage with underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities of the African diaspora.
The Global Cities Cultural Exchange Program functions as an international incubator that unites students of the African Diaspora. Global Visionary Fellows will build transnational relationships within a racially/ethnically conscious safe space to explore the intricacies of identity, African Diaspora community history and development, and social responsibility for minority travelers. In addition, Fellows will explore how different elements of culture (e.g. language, literature, music, art, clothing) shape identity within the context of globalization. Lastly, fellows will analyze what issues minority communities face within the current climate of global cities. By developing a cross-cultural team of visionary ethical leaders, chosen students will demonstrate dedication to challenging systemic discrimination and inequalities in their home community and/or around the world.
- Address race, gender, class, and other identity constructs in a global context
- Address issues minority communities face while dispelling cultural stereotypes
- Engage with racial and ethnic minorities of the African diaspora in global cities around the world
- Build cross-cultural alliances within safe spaces to explore the intricacies of identity, history, development, and social responsibility of minority travelers
- Prepare students to become ethical and empathetic global leaders
Once Fellows return, they will be expected to continue necessary conversations regarding identity and the experiences of minorities in their own communities, thus expanding the impact of the initiative.
Benefits for Students
- Improved marketability for students entering into the workforce
- Increased personal social and cultural capital
- Increased knowledge, understanding of spoken, written languages within community
- Strengthened cultural adaptability
- Educated cultural perception of communities of the African Diaspora
- Improved understanding of one’s own identity
Destination #1: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Why Buenos Aires?
Throughout Argentina, Afro-‐Argentine populations are often misperceived and invisible to the majority population. Based on the 2010 Argentine census (2010 was the first year since 1895 that Afro-Argentines have been counted) only about .37% of Argentina’s total population identified as Afro-‐Argentinian. However, there are an estimated 2 million people of African descent living in Argentina. Unfortunately, many of these citizens “prefer not to claim their African ancestry” because of the stigmas that lead to a lack of sensitivity and respect toward African cultures in Argentine society.
Part 1: Difficult Dialogues Virtual Series
Cultural Competency and Travel Preparedness Training:
- Demonstrate deeper knowledge of Argentine social, political, and economic history and present realities;
- Communicate effectively and grow relationships with Argentine students;
- Define race, class, and gender identity in the context of Argentine culture and community;
- Develop a deeper understanding of the importance of cross-cultural dialogue and transnational relationship building.
Part 2: Cultural Exchange
Held in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Demonstrate researched knowledge of one aspect of Argentine culture;
- Establish lasting cross-cultural relationships and a deeper understanding of Argentines;
- Effectively communicate personal race, class, and gender identity in context of U.S. culture and communities.
Part 3: Global Cities Analysis Portfolio
- Compilation of three reflection blog posts on chosen cultural aspect
- Pre/mid/post exchange survey of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors
- Action plan for community or on-campus engagement activity
SAMPLE ACTIVITIES AND SITES
Yellow Bus Tour/Recoleta Cemetery
Feria de Mataderos
Parque de la Memoria
Lunch and discussion at U.S. Embassy with tour of Ambassador’s residence
March with Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
Casa Virrey Ceballos (former secret detention center)
Bus tour of La Boca and San Telmo. Shop around the antique market and colonial area